Susan Veenema is an instructional coach for the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project at UD’s Center for Disabilities Studies, where she leads professional development and coaching on developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and social skills.
Susan also discusses her personal experience living with bipolar disorder with students enrolled in UD’s Senior Seminar in Disability Studies. Advocating for a greater awareness of issues affecting people living with mental illness and the elimination of stigmas often associated with people living with mental illness has always been a passion of Susan’s.
Before joining CDS, Susan was a special educator, spending more than 10 years working with students with varied disabilities in residential and public school settings. Most of her teaching consisted of supporting students with autism. Susan is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where she hopes to continue supporting the educational needs of students with disabilities.
Away from work, Susan often can be found outdoors with her husband, two daughters and German Shorthaired Pointer in Chester County, Pa. She loves reading biographies and history, traveling and being a foodie, and developed an appreciation for art while studying in London. She’s grateful whenever she finds the time to explore what’s new in the local art and food scene.