Susan Harris MacKay, a nationally recognized educator, author and presenter, has been with Portland Children’s Museum since its grand re-opening in Washington Park in 2001. Currently, her focus is to support the work of both the Museum Center for Learning and Opal School. She holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Her trips to study the municipal preprimary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and her collaborative research with Opal and Museum colleagues have supported her deep commitment to developing approaches to public education that honor the rights of children as citizens and support visibility of their tremendous creative capacities.
When Susan is not working and learning alongside educators, children and families at Opal School, writing about those experiences, or sharing them with educators around the world, she can be found at home, playing alongside her own three children, and wishing they would stop growing up so fast.