Know your Board of Education: Donna Sudar

January is National School Board Recognition Month! Euclid Schools’ Board of Education Members are dedicated parents, friends, community members and so much more. School Board President, Donna Sudar has been involved with Euclid Schools since 1990 and was elected in November of 2005 (began serving in January of 2006).

1.) What are you looking forward to in 2017?
“As always I am looking forward to the 2017 chapter of the life as a parent of four incredible kids. I am also excited about the Strategic Plan that will be created for the school district as a result of the input of many dedicated school supporters. I am also looking forward to taking part in the next phase of the bond issue. What an incredible opportunity the school district and city now have!”

2.) What is your educational background?
“I graduated from Columbia High School in East Greenbush, New York and then attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University where I received a BS in Chemistry with a Biochemistry option. I have many graduate credits in Chemistry related subject areas from Washington University, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. I have 56 graduate credits in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland State University and an AA in Early Childhood from Lakeland Community College.”

3.)What do you do for a living?
“I began my career working for Monsanto in their Agricultural Products Company. I worked at an experimental farm in St. Charles Missouri and at the Monsanto headquarters doing field studies of effects of plant growth regulator compounds on soybeans grown in an agricultural environment. I then worked for eight years as a Research Associate at Washington University and Case Western Reserve. My second career began in 1987 when my daughter Anna was born. At that time, I began my role as a stay at home Mom, a role that I will always cherish. I attended CSU as a graduate student in Early Childhood Education in 1989. My third career began when my youngest child went to kindergarten. Upon becoming a mother, I realized how much I loved being around young children and quickly appreciated how important it is for all children to have the benefit of a quality Early Childhood education. For the last 14 years, I have been employed by Euclid Cooperative Preschool as a Pre-K teacher and Director for 12 years.”

4.) What do you wish the community knew about Euclid Schools?
“I wish the community could have witnessed the last 25 years of the Sudar family’s lives. I wish the community could understand what our schools have to offer all of our children. Over the years, our family has benefited from services for the gifted and special needs. My children have had incredible experiences in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, in vocational programs, postsecondary and dual enrollment classes and on the playing field. Throughout their Euclid Schools experience, they have developed meaningful relationships which resulted in lifelong friendships. I believe their experiences in Euclid City Schools has resulted in their open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance. Perception is not always reality.”

5.) Where would you like to see Euclid City Schools in the next year?
“I would like to see Euclid Schools making gains in our test scores and graduation rate because that is what seems to matter in our world. A school district’s success is based on their performance and how they measure up on the state created report card.”

Donna Sudar and her family at EHS graduation 2016
Photo: Euclid High School graduation 2016 (not pictured: Nick Sudar)

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