Susie Lotharius BS, MA
Lead Practitioner and Advisor
Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS), Georgetown University, 1994
Masters in Education, George Washington University, 2001
Virginia Teacher Certification - pre-k-12 ESOL, 2001-2014
Basic DIR/Floortime Certification, 2009
RPM Level 1 Certification, 2015
S2C Practitioner Training, 2017
Treasurer, Communication First
Susie Lotharius has been teaching in some capacity since 1993 when she found herself volunteering to teach adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students in northern Virginia while still in college. This experience led her to a village along the shore of the Kavango River in Namibia where she volunteered as an English teacher for two years. Upon her return to the United States, she decided to pursue teaching as a career and taught history, science, reading, and English to middle school ESOL students in both Maryland and Virginia. Susie left the classroom to raise her two daughters, but quickly found herself homeschooling her oldest daughter, who is neurodiverse. Susie has committed the past several years to her daughter’s education and is happy to report that her daughter just recently completed her high school diploma.
Susie has been a long time community leader in the Atlanta area, co-founding the community group, Every Voice Matters which seeks to bring parents, self-advocates, educators, and providers together to change the view of Autism and anyone experiencing motor challenges through spelling to communicate. Susie also serves of the Board of Communication First, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, autonomy, opportunity, and dignity of people with speech-related disabilities.
Susie currently resides in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, her two daughters, and their dog, Mack. When she has free time, she prefers to spend it outside hiking, reading, or playing tennis. She loves to travel and can’t get enough of meeting new people, exploring new places, and feeding her ever curious mind by learning new things.
Why Susie is excited about being on the All Minds Academy team
Through her experience as a mom to her neurodiverse daughter, who communicates most effectively through spelling, Susie knows firsthand how amazing it would be to have access to a resource like All Minds Academy. She is thrilled to combine her professional experience as a teacher together with her personal experience as a mom to support other families as they help their children access the education they deserve.