Susi Gomez by Laila Rall, World Language Teacher
Susi was born in Quito, Ecuador and first came to the United States through an exchange program to Willamette University in Oregon. She later transferred to CUNY and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English.
Returning to Ecuador, Susi worked as a journalist in a bilingual program for indigenous students in Cayambe, a small village in the Andes. When this program was shut down, she continued her work as an educator, teaching E.L.D. to high school students in Quito.
A graduate program at the University of Oregon called Susi back to the United States, where she is completing a PhD in Comparative Literature. During these seven years of extensive reading and writing, Susi taught college courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Spanish, English Composition, and Comparative Literature. Her most recent class combined her love of language and literature with her passion for educating. Working with a local non-profit, Susi united college students with Latino high school students through the creation of poetry. High school students wrote their own poems and read them in a community poetry reading at the University. This experience of using literature to inspire youth, solidified Susi’s passions of language, literature, and education. She found herself especially interested in working with underserved youth.
In the little spare time that Susi has, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, writing, and cooking. Susi loves exploring tiny towns and hopes to visit the southern states (she has already visited all the northern states!). She’d also like to visit cold weather places, like Iceland and Norway, and adopt a cat.
Susi is excited to be part of PCS and is eager to explore her graduate research with students about the intersection of literary reading and cognitive science.
Susi has a love of language and learning, and we are thrilled to have her as part of the PCS faculty!