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Susannah Johnson, MED

CEO, Individualized Realized

Susannah is a pioneer in personalized learning and a leading expert in bringing student-centered pedagogy to life. Using her proven process, she has coached and guided schools to develop and implement 100% individualized instruction worldwide while supporting change at the classroom, institutional, and legislative levels. Susannah has the unique ability to command and engage a room of a thousand educators while also connecting and empowering individuals, meeting them where they are for nearly 20 years in dozens of countries.

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Who's Involved
Who's Involved

 Education Ethos

We are all capable of powerful thinking, and it is our human imperative to use learning as means to continually think.  Connected, collaborative, and creative avocations that are in harmony with our world borne out of personal passions allow us to harness our strengths and overcome challenges for truly liberated learning.  

"Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos." ~ I Ching

Pursuing liberated learning that is purposeful, harmonious, and joyful, Susannah seeks an education revolution that includes the ultimate in empowered, student-centered learning taking student centered learning out of theory and into the classrooms of the world, redefining what it means to be an educator through her business, Individualized Realized.  

 

In seventeen years as an educator Susannah developed 100% individualized instruction grounded in critical thinking, authenticity, and passion in the classroom.  Since 2019 she has worked with schools all over the world to bring this pedagogy to life by meeting educators and learners where they are and supporting their journey forward.  She received her Master of Education degree in 2016, is a regular presenter at conferences, as well as a frequent podcast guest and the author of articles about this unique pedagogy. 

 

Susannah continues to pursue knowledge and evolving educational strategies, using her own global explorations to ignite ideas in education innovation through Individualized Realized.  She is also a Co-Founder with IMPACT Bound, education reimagined, and PLN Project, bringing individualized learning to life with global cohorts, and is an affiliate partner for Eliad Group, What School Could Be, Kupu Hou Academy and the Institute for Humane Education.  “We are in the business of human development.” ~ SJ
 

Career Highlights

  • Master of Education, Instructional Leadership, Chaminade University 2016

  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University, 1995

  • Partner with several education organizations helping to cultivate sustainable innovation strategies through an ever evolving world

 

Individualized Realized, LLC., Founder

May 2019 - Present

  • Education consulting company aimed at global partnerships supporting the development and growth of student-centered learning practices.  

  • Working with educators to explore their conceptualization of personalized learning, and cultivating those ideas to further refine and implement their personal pedagogy in and beyond the classroom while engaging with students.
     

What School Could Be, Director of Community, Curriculum and Coaching   

Jan 2021 - Present            

  • Connecting community members from all over the world for the goal of innovation in education.  Providing 1:1 and whole team coaching, managing events and partnerships, developing and teaching courses, and supporting real change in education. 

  • Supporting schools, districts, states, provinces and countries on transformation models customized for the needs and goals of each community.  
     

Personalized Learning Network (PLN) Project., Co-Founder      

September 2020 - Present

  • A one-of-a-kind global program for high school students, combining an advanced learning curriculum, the development of innovation and design skills, together with a cutting-edge pedagogical protocol for individualized learning, plus, professional development for educators.
     

IMPACT Bound, LLC., Co-Founder                 

July 2020 - Present

  • Education reimagined: IMPACT is a transformational learning journey empowering young people to find solutions today that will impact their lives tomorrow.  Passion-based, personalized, and purposeful experiential and expeditionary learning for secondary students.
     

Education Leadership and Publications           

  • Student driven learning strategy consultant in partnership with Kupu Hou Academy in Hawaii and the Eliad Group of California

  • Partner Presenter with Deeper Learning San Diego, Boston, and the Twin Cities Conferences 2021-2023; Deeper Learning Conference Presenter 2021, “Hawaii’s Education Transformation: A Public, Private, Public Charter & Community Adventure in Deeper Learning” 

  • Hawaii International Dyslexia Association Board Member, 2021 to present

  • Keynote Speaker at the 2022 English Speaking Scholastic Association of the River Plate (ESSARP) in Buenos Aires, and the Revolution in Education Congress 2022: Schools of Purpose, in Chia, Colombia

  • Schools of the Future Conference in Honolulu, HI,  Attendee 2008 - 2019; Presenter 2012-2023

  • International Conference on Critical Thinking through the Foundation for Critical Thinking, Attendee 2016-2019; Presentor 2018-2021

  • Deeper Learning Presentations 2021, 2022, 2023

  • Variations2e  Magazine, Issue 1, Fall 2018, “Individualized Learning for the Twice-Exceptional Learner”

  • Edsurge.com/News, November 16, 2017, “When Students Drive Learning, They Can Do So Much More”

  • Past courses taught: Philosophical Literature, World Geography, Health and Psychology.  Previous courses taught include Geometry, American Literature, Physical Education, Guidance and Culinary Arts; worked one school year teaching fully integrated 7th and 8th grade 

  • Developed integrated curriculum specifically for Twice Exceptional students based on individualized learning plans, projects and differentiated expectations.  Implemented curriculum in Literature and Ethics, Philosophical Literature and Advanced Photography and a Critical Thinking Summer Seminar

  • Serve as a Mentorship Monitor helping to guide students in their off-campus learning and permanent Junior Advisor providing continuity of our School-wide Learning Expectations

  • Advisor for The Alliance group, celebrating diversity; Co-Advisor to Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) 

  • Thirteen years as a teacher in classrooms Pre-K through 12th Grade; Assets School 2008-2019, serving gifted and capable students, specializing in those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and other language-based learning differences

 

Additional Experience 

Assets High School, Teacher                  

August 2008 - May 2019

  • Developed, implemented the Flex program, 100% fully individualized courses over 8 years, actualized for two, including action research work proving outcomes and expertise in student-centered pedagogy. 

  • Past courses taught: Philosophical Literature, World Geography, Health and Psychology, Geometry, American Literature, Physical Education, Guidance and Culinary Arts; worked one school year teaching fully integrated 7th and 8th grade.  

  • Developed integrated curriculum specifically for Twice Exceptional students based on individualized learning plans, projects and differentiated expectations.  Implemented curriculum in Literature and Ethics, Philosophical Literature and Advanced Photography and a Critical Thinking Summer Seminar.

  • Serve as a Mentorship Monitor helping to guide students in their off-campus learning and permanent Junior Advisor providing continuity of our School-wide Learning Expectations.

  • Advisor for The Alliance group, celebrating diversity; Co-Advisor to Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) group who have attended the Education Revolution Conference (Ed Rev) celebrating students with learning differences in San Francisco, CA.
     

Hawaii Educational Resource Services, Substitute Teacher
September 2007 – August 2008

Worked with all ages of private school students, including long-term (full semester) concurrent positions at Muriel Preschool and Assets School (leading to full-time employment).
 

Aiea High School, Teacher                          

January 2007 – August 2007

Taught Health, Learning Center Credit Recovery and Guidance courses to all levels of secondary students.
 

Ten Years in Various Management and Physiology Positions

January 1996 – October 2006

(Johnston Atoll, USA, Greenville, SC, Cocoa Beach, FL, Jacksonville, FL, and San Diego, CA; Honolulu since March 2005)

  • Managerial, business development and sales positions including staff management, budgeting and resource allocation, event planning, networking, marketing and building design. 

  • Instructor of health education and fitness classes, researcher, and testing administrator for hospital based and top fitness facilities; provided staff development, equipment maintenance, coordination of races and special events, wrote a manual for a weight management course and developed a center-wide survey for 15,000 employees.

  • Industries and roles include fitness centers, cardiac rehabilitation, O2  and VO2 exchange ratio metabolic research, weekly independent newspaper, NASA, staffing,  import and export sales, mortgages, jewelry, paintball, dating and sports.
     

Worked in various restaurants and bars, information services, and cleaning services through secondary school and university, ages 14-22.

Offerings
  • Leading expert in student-centered learning practices

  • World-class keynote and small group presenter

  • Developed and implemented 100% individualized instruction

  • Facilitated education workshops in more than 20 countries and in hundreds of schools

Partnerships
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