Karen Suchenski’s experience as a thesis-writer and double major of English and American Studies at Amherst College (BA Magna Cum Laud) fueled her passion to become a scholar of women’s history and literature. She attended Yale’s Graduate School of American Studies (MA, American Studies) to work closely both with Nancy Cott, currently Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and Professor of American History at Harvard University and with Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies and of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and a principal investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization Project at Yale University. Karen embraces fully the mission of educating girls to empower them to be full and active citizens of the world. While she has taught for over 20 years, at all levels from preschool through college, she is currently a Humanities teacher in the Middle School and adores working with adolescents whom, she reminds her students, “make history every day.”
Karen lives with her family in Greenfield, on the same street as and just a few blocks away from where SBS got its 1869 start as Prospect Hill School for Girls. Karen is committed both to SBS and to the local community that surrounds it. She has served her greater Greenfield community at the committee and board levels of the local YMCA and Greenfield Historical Society as well the Greenfield Public Library. Currently she seeks to involve SBS students in the larger community in her role as SBS Community Service Coordinator. She also enjoys maintaining her lively involvement with young children, leading groups of middle school students twice weekly to volunteer in an afterschool program serving the K-2 population of Greenfield.