Susan St. John

Assistant Professor

Department: College of Education

Office location:

Green Center

North end


Phone: +1 561-237-7634

Professional profile

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Susan Saint John completed her clinical work in Warsaw, Poland and undergraduate degree at Worcester State University, majoring in elementary education. Saint John relocated to Palm Beach County in 1980 and began working at the School District of Palm Beach County as a grade four teacher, then as a primary resource teacher. She was a finalist for the William T. Dwyer Award for Excellence in Education and Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Saint John earned her Graduate Degree at Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in administration and supervision. She then became a curriculum specialist in the district, president of the Palm Beach County Reading Council, and regional director for the Florida Reading Association. In 1989, Susan was appointed assistant principal of Belvedere Elementary School, principal of West Gate Elementary in 1992, and was chosen to open a design built elementary school, Starlight Cove Elementary in 1995. During her tenure there, Saint John received several awards and recognitions, some of which include the Principal of the Year (twice), Governor’s Choice for Elementary Principal of the Year, Nominee for the State of Florida Principal of the Year, and Chair of the Elementary Principals. After serving as principal of Starlight Cove Elementary for 20 years, Saint John retired from the Palm Beach County School District and started working at Lynn University.

Saint John is married to her kindergarten friend, Michael and they have lived in Palm Beach County for the past 37 years. They have two children and six grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, a teacher in the PBC school system, and her family live in West Palm Beach. Her youngest daughter is married to a graduate of West Point Military Academy, and stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

Additionally, Susan volunteers at St. Juliana Catholic Church, serving as eucharist minister, lector and commentator and secretary of the school’s School Advisory Council. This year, Susan will be the co-president of KDP on campus and is currently working to complete her doctorate at Lynn University. As an assistant professor at Lynn, Susan is the early childhood director, teaches the early childhood and elementary education classes, and supervises the practicum and clinical intern students.


B.S., Worcester State University
M.A., Nova Southeastern University

Teaching philosophy

Being in the education field for the past forty years has taught Susan Saint John several life lessons and enhanced my philosophy that she believes she is responsible for developing the uniqueness of the students with whom she works. Saint John believes that she must encourage, inspire, motivate and challenge students to be the best they can be in all endeavors. Teaching is a gift that must be opened each day to discover the possibilities of what lies ahead. Knowledge, research, partnerships, and a willingness to explore the unknown and expand on what has been learned will encourage students and engage them in the learning process.

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