First Name

Susie

Last Name

Oglesby

Bio

My name is Susanna (Susie) Oglesby. I teach STEM and ACT Prep at New Hope High in Columbus, MS. I truly believe all students are capable of learning. I am dedicated to encouraging young women to compete in STEM related fields while sparking a fire for imagination, innovative future leaders. I feel strongly about encouraging my students to be innovators and highlight careers in computer science to engineering while teaching character traits and being a positive role model. I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. When I was a little girl my parents divorced, I moved to Columbus, Mississippi. I grew up on a farm with my mother, grandparents, and extended family. At a very young age, I learned the value of hard work from farming with my grandfather and integrity from my MS family. In 1993, I received my high school diploma from New Hope in Columbus, MS. I graduated from Mississippi State University with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Ed with an endorsement in computer application & science. In 1998, I graduated with a Masters in Education with an endorsement in reading. In 2004, I became National Board Certificated. As a life-long learner, I received my career readiness certification and IC3 certification with an endorsement in STEM. Humbly honored, I was awarded Golden Triangle Chapter Teacher of the Year 2016 from the Air Force Association. In spring of 2015, I was the top 5 finalist in the state of Mississippi for the “The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.” I have been Teacher of the Year twice in both categories at local schools and districts: 1) Lowndes County School District, Mississippi, Teacher of the Year 2013-2014, New Hope High School, Mississippi, Teacher of the Year 2013-2014. 2) Bowling Green Independent School District, Kentucky, Teacher of the Year 2001, W.R. McNeill School, Kentucky, Teacher of the Year 2001. In addition, I was awarded the Campbellsville University Award for Excellence in Teaching: Kentucky Outstanding Teacher 2002. The greatest contributions and accomplishments in education, so I thought, were reaching my teaching goals, awards, and degrees in which were very valuable to shape me as a teacher. However, later in my teaching career, my personal accomplishment is realizing that you are not just teaching students but teaching someone’s child. That accomplishment gave me the drive to be a positive role model and try to capture the imagination and interest of every student. I truly believe in giving the gift of enthusiasm for lifelong learning in my students. My greatest contribution is giving my students a meaning and purpose to guide them to their fullest potential- academically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am proud to be a Teacher of excellence, role model for young women, and will continue to instill integrity, hard work, and high standards. Women, no matter the past, can achieve and become successful in their goals and dreams. I am determined to making a difference in our future which includes making an impact on young women.