Susan Nevins received her B.A. in modern languages and linguistics (Spanish, French minor) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she also completed her M.A. in bilingual/bicultural/ESL education.
Her master’s thesis, titled Breaking the Barriers: Latina Immigrants Coping in the United States, consisted of original research and ethnographic interviews with undocumented and documented Mexican and Central Americans. Susan has worked in Maryland and Vermont as a middle/high school foreign language teacher.
Susan spent seven years living in Quito, Ecuador, where she worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor, coordinator, and program designer for the National Polytechnical University, the Fulbright Commission, and the American Embassy. She was also employed in the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Embassy as an immigration assistant.
Susan currently teaches the beginning and intermediate levels at Norwich University. Off campus she coordinates the Roxbury Historical Society, where she researches local events and people in the town’s past. In 2014 she received the Cate Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society to support her research of an African American Revolutionary War veteran in Brookfield, Vermont. Her article “For colored people, they had a great many friends”: The Phillips-Lynde Family of Windham, Connecticut and Brookfield, Vermont,” was published in the journal Vermont History in the spring 2020 issue. Susan has also written editorials and articles for the Barre Montpelier Times Argus and the Northfield News. Susan is a justice of the peace and cemetery commissioner in Roxbury. In her free time, she enjoys singing in her barbershop quartet, In Cahoots!, organic gardening, sugaring, archaeology, and rescuing dogs and cats with her husband.
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