Our presenters are passionate and dynamic and the majority have academic or professional backgrounds in STEM. By sparking curiosity, confidence, and imagination in the next generation, our presenters provide memorable opportunities for all children to see themselves as scientists.
Education and Background:
- Honours BSc with a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph
- Post-graduate certificate in Clinical Research from Humber College
- I worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry as a Clinical Research Associate in Drug Development
Became a Scientists in School presenter in:
Suzanne is a dynamic presenter for the following topics:
- Properties Really Matter, Grade 2
- Amazing Forces, Grade 3
- Ewww, that Science is Gross! Ages 4-12
Get to know Suzanne!
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I loved wolves and dreamed of being a wolf biologist.
What sparked your interest in STEM?
I have always loved science and was very fortunate to have people encouraging me along the way. My mom fostered and shared my love of nature and the animal world from a young age. I also had some great high school science teachers. My high school biology teacher brought so much enthusiasm to the classroom every day that even those who didn’t love science enjoyed coming to her class. So, for me, there wasn’t a specific moment but some very special people that fostered my love of STEM.
What inspired you to become a presenter?
Watching other Scientists in School presenters! I volunteered for Scientists in School workshops at my children’s school and I was always amazed!
Why is it important to foster a love of STEM at an early age?
Kids decide at a pretty young age what they like and don’t like, and it can often be hard to change that as they get older. If we introduce young children to different types of positive experiences, they may discover an interest in something completely surprising, like space, robotics, or engineering! There are so many different fields of STEM that there is something exciting for everyone!
My biggest tip (as a mom of four kids) is to read to your children. There are so many incredible books out there, both fiction and non-fiction, that are sure to inspire kids!
Suzanne’s perfect Sunday afternoon.
A family walk on one of the many beautiful trails in the area, followed by a cup of tea and a book.
Suzanne’s favourite scientist!
Ada Lovelace, for being the original computer programmer a century before computers were invented! How cool is that?