Susan Freymiller

Background: Susan Freymiller joined The Culver Academies in July 2008 as the head librarian. In 2010, as the lead instructor of Digital Citizenship (required course for all new students) she joined Larry Emmons and Josh Pretzer to form the Academic Information Technology Department sponsored by Rex Martin. This virtual department...

An Illinois native, Freymiller graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Biology and obtained her master's degree from the School of Library-Information Science also from the University of Illinois.

As the lead instructor of Digital Citizenship, Freymiller has reworked the curriculum to better prepare all Culver students to demonstrate 21st Century skills. Students are taught how to evaluate a variety of sources, properly cite and take notes from sources. They learn about Intellectual Property and Fair Use and discuss the implications of online behavior, the impact technology has on our wellness, and other related topics.

She is also a member of the Technology Support Committee, the Program Evaluation Committee, and the Academic Department Chairs group. She is also a co-sponsor of the CGA Honor Council.

Leisure time activities/hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, running, reading (upholding the library stereotype!), playing games and walking along the lake.

Most people don't know that I was an All-Conference softball player in high school and a championship broomball player in college.

Favorite author or book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite movie: Life is Beautiful – an Italian film that is both a comedy and a poignant tale of loss set during World War II.

Favorite food: Shrimp bisque made by my favorite artist, David deVillier.

My most significant experience has been: No question – the birth of my children. Being a parent is the most exciting, exhausting, challenging, frightening, rewarding experience possible!

The person who most influenced my career: My children. Their love for libraries encouraged me to pursue my Master's in Library Information Science.

The person I'd most like to meet: Barack Obama after he's been out of the Oval Office a while and has had time to reflect on his experience.

My heroes are my children. Their courage, patience, thirst for knowledge and awesome sense of humor are inspiring.

If I weren't at Culver I'd be teaching at NorthWood High School and coaching the Science team and possibly girls basketball. Or climbing mountains out West.

What attracted me to Culver: "Its commitment to excellence and its passion to enable students and faculty to reach for their dreams."

What I try to accomplish in the classroom: "For students to think critically and creatively in any given situation."

Why I've stayed at Culver: "Culver is a supportive community of passionate, interesting, and caring individuals with a great sense of humor and fun.

My idea of a good day off is to sleep in a bit, go for a run, bake something fun to eat and then get together with friends for the evening for dinner, good conversation and a game or two.

Plans for retirement: I really can't imagine what I will do yet – I'm enjoying what I'm doing too much right now! Ask me again in 20 years.

The secret to life is love deeply, give generously, and laugh at yourself along the way.

Best advice I could give a Culver student: "Be ready to think deeply every day. Your mind is an amazing instrument and you are just beginning to understand all that you can accomplish!"

The last word: "These are exciting times, especially in the field of information technology. The key will be that we continue to teach our students to think critically no matter what the future holds."

Susan Freymiller
Head Librarian

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