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Diana Suskind

Diana Suskind

  Leominster, Massachusetts, US

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Diana Suskind

Diana Suskind

Leominster, Massachusetts, US


An accomplished and passionate educator, trainer, and international advocate for early childhood development and elementary education. Supports authenticity and self-reliant behavior in adult learners as well as young children. Diana uses her voice to do it. Encourages respectful interactions and believes that adults will see differently when they have the opportunity to learn and grow listening to her powerful voice, full of emotion and inspiration especially in preparing for parents and young children. Seeking voice positions that will foster continued creativity passion to the listener.


English (North American), English


North American


Middle Aged, Senior

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Internet, Jingles, Movie Trailers, Music, Podcasting, Telephone, Television, Videogames



Fulbright Senior Scholar, New Zealand Childcare Association/Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa (sponsoring organization) six week Suskind speaking tour speaking (keynotes, lectures, workshops, intensives and childcare visitations) in Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Nelson, Wellington, Christchurch, and Whangarea, New Zealand to share expertise with professionals, students and parents as well as to native Maori and Polynesian Islanders (Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), the respectful approach for caring for infants and toddlers. July 25-September 5, 2003
Fulbright, Senior Scholar, University of Udine, Udine, Italy, sponsoring organization, Created with university students at adegli studi di Udine facolta di Agraria Centro per la didattica e la ricerca in viticoltura ed enologia and Marie Forte Kindergarten a culminating project, of a poem “I DON’T WANT TO”, a children’s book “The Dove and the Grape” and a play “ The Spider and the Grape” each having a moral. November 7-December 23, 2005




 Doctor of Education
Early Childhood Education, October 1979
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. Thesis: "The Effect of Varying Degrees of Encapsulation on Verbal Communication, Tarry -Time and Imaginative Play of Young Children"
Master of Science
Early Childhood Education, January 1973
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Bachelor of Science          
Elementary Education, January 1969
Minor: Science Education
State University of New York at Brockport, Brockport, New York
 Associate of Science
Humanities, 1966
Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York


  • Computer & Software


Service Description


Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of dedication and valuable contributions to Liberty Children’s Home Belize FI WEE PICKNEY DEH DA FI WEE FUCHA (Our children are our future) (2011)
Sabbatical (2006) volunteered for Helping Hands Nepal, Sann Institute of Nursing, Chabahil, Kathmandu
Nominated "Faculty Member of the Year" by Students of Fitchburg State College, Student Government Award, 1993
Recommended Candidate for the National Association for the Education of Young 
Children Governing Board. Associate Fellow, Resources for Infant Educators.1991-present,
• RIE Fellow and RIE Associate (Resource for Infant Educators) 1988-present
Nominee, 2nd Annual Outstanding Federal Woman Award, Fairbanks, AK, 1987
Coordinator, 1st & 2nd, Statewide Early Childhood Conference, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, 1985, 1986
• Vice President, Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children AK, 1985
Teaching Award at University of Alaska, Anchorage (Psychology Department) "In Appreciation of your dedication to Teaching and Commitment to the Students" 1982
ATIP Alumni Grant to purchase infant furniture for Caring for Infants and Toddler course, Spring 2002                                       
President’s Award highest monetary for meritorious work, Fitchburg State College, MA.
Awarded Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education by Fitchburg State College Kappa Delta Pi 2001
Granted academic scholarship/creative activity for documenting through video " The Living Documentation of Parent-N-Me, the RIE Philosophy" and providing art work "Baby Dancing", 2000
Granted a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to study with Anna Tardos at the Emmi Pikler, Institute, Budapest, Hungary; and at the Lorenzo De Medici, Florence, Italy. 1993, 1996, 1974   
A-Tip: Alumni Association Grant for infant furniture, photo computerization for educational experiences,
Home Provider Infant Parent Training Grant, State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs Education and Training Grant, 1988
Alumni Association Grant for CDB Development, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA. Honoria, 1974
Who’s Who in America of American Women, 1998
Certificate of Appreciation for Piggybacking Babies program and general support on behalf of Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School, 1998
Sabbatical leave to study and participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program at the Centre for Applied Studies in Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia, 1998
Certificate in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Education, presented by the Education Alumni Association University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
Nominated for Outstanding Educator Award, University of Illinois, and Alumni Association, 1995.
Nominated Faculty Member of the Year by students of Fitchburg State College, (March 9th)
Recommended Candidate for National Association for the Education of Young Children Governing Board, RIE Associate Fellow, 1992
Featured segments on AFN reference 1.) Desert Storm; 2.) Dramatic Play; and 3.)
Infant Center, 1988
RIE Fellow and RIE Associate (Resource for Infant Educators) 1988-present
Nominee 2nd Annual Outstanding Federal Woman Award, Ft Wainwright,
Fairbanks, AK, 1987
Vice President, Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children, 1985
Teaching Award at University of Alaska, Anchorage (Psychology Department) "In Appreciation of your dedication to Teaching and Commitment to the Students,” 1982
Member, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa member, 1979-present

Volunteer in HEMS School, (Headway English Medium School) Ratopul, Kathmandu Nov-Dec 2011
Volunteer in the Baby Dome, Liberty Children’s Home, Belize Feb-March, 2011
Participation, linguistic immersion teacher at Pueblo Ingles, Madrid, Spain July 2010
Building an International Support Network for Play: Promising Practices in Supporting Play World Forum on Early Care and Education program, Belfast, Ireland June 14-20, 2009
Affiliate Collaborator for the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), University of Massachusetts-Boston, http://www.rebuilding.umb.edu
International representative/volunteer, HEMS School, Kathmandu, Nepal witnessed HEMS Parliament, created HEMS Olympics and the first Parent-toddler class at HEMS School, summer 2008
Advisor of the HEMS School Ratopul, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2006-present
Invited and conducted lectures and workshops and training in RIE at Children’s Hospital No. #1, Ho Chi Minh City, and TRUNG TAM PHUC HOI TRE SUY DINH DUONG VA TRQ GIUP TRE TAN TAT Orphanage, Ho Chi Minh City, July 2005.
Coordinator of the Senior Class Send-off for the new “Education” Department
Donated Italian (Fulbright) poster, “I Don’t Want To”, to the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Guest Speaker, WSYR 570, radio (two-hour show on child development), Syracuse, New York August, 2001
Conducted parenting class Parent-N-Me at the Fitchburg Senior Center, a community partnership, 2003
Conducted parenting class Parent-N-Me at the Fitchburg Fire Station, a community partnership under the direction of Chief Kevin Roy, 2003
Visiting Professor "Caring for Infants and Toddlers" Parent-N-Me" at University
of Udine, Gorizia, Italy, 2001
Conducted parenting classes Parent-N-Me at McKay Campus School as a community Service for the Fitchburg, Leominster, and Lancaster Area Fall, 1999-present
Implementation of a Parent-N-Me Program with Young Parents Support, Wooloonabba and the Murri School; implemented the Piggybacking Partnership program at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Independent Community School often referred as the Murri School at Acacia Ridge. November, 1998
Conducted lectures, workshop and seminar training in (RIE) for the Wenzhou Medical College/ Taizhou Hospital, Linhai, Zhejiang province, PR China, June 15-July 1, 2004
Shanghai Children’s Medical School, Shanghai Pudong New Area Care Hospital for Woman and Children demonstrated two Parent-n-Me classes for infants, parents and grandparents. Xinhua Hospital (Shanghai Second Medical University) conducted a consultation with family and an 11 month old) and was granted a visitation to the Shanghai Children’s Home July 1-15, 2004
Instructor, Chautauqua Institute, 2002 Special Studies Babysitting and Infant/Toddler Development Chautauqua, New York, June 24-28, 2002
Requested as an infant consultant with Westover RE: “Multiple Award Performance-Based Task Order Contract (MATO) with the U.S. Department of Education, Solicitation No. ED-04-R-0003 pending notice of the award.
Agreement with agency, Healthy Directions, implement a toddler class based on Parent-n-Me guidelines, with Alicia McAllister, site facilitator at Burbank Hospital, Fitchburg, MA. Students enrolled in Caring for Infants and Toddlers did their pre-practicum at this site.
Participant in an NEH Faculty Development Workshop for Infusing African and Asian Studies into undergraduate curriculum, the Whispering Woods Conference Center, Olive Branch, Mississippi, March April, 2001
Correspondent, Montachusett Telegram and Gazette, Leominster, MA, 1998
Researcher, The Young Child Carrying Practice of Nigerian Women of Their Offspring, Birth-Two Years of Age and Its Impact on the Child Gross Motor and Verbal Development with on-site assistance from Dr. Tony Onon Iseghohimhen, Medical Superintendent, at the Harmony Clinics and Maternity, and Hon. Mrs. Patricia Ashi Aondo-Akaa, Principal, Federal Government College, Vandeikya, Benue State -Nigeria, Africa, 1997
“Creative Expressions” performed by Fitchburg State College students (seniors) enrolled in Creative Arts 1997, director and producer “Seeing Through New Eyes” photographic display at Fitchburg State College, Library where Fitchburg State College Creative Arts Students and McKay Campus School fifth graders collaboratively shared their work on Diversity, 1999   
Director and producer, First Annual Festival of Creativity, Performed by Fitchburg State College student teachers (seniors), 1999
Participated in the Dime group and presented at the Jack Easley Memorial Symposium theme: "Teaching, Comprehension, and Information Gone Rampant,” 1995
Directed two, one hour productions by Fitchburg Access Television (local television station), that documented the ‘Parent-n-Me’ Caring for Infants and Toddlers course and Methodology in Math, Science, Social Studies often referred to as Piggybacking,” 1995
Participated in the celebration of Ideas Center at the expanded New England Kindergarten Conference, Dr Suskind's Methodology in Math, Science and Social Studies class, 1993
Committee member, Project Palms Grant (Partnerships in Advancing Math and Science), 1993
Coordinator, 1st & 2nd, Statewide Early Childhood Conference, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1985, 1986
Trainer for European Education Specialists, Germany, Spring, 1991
Feature Segment on AFN News. Referenced Desert Storm, Kinderfest and Dramatic Play "Infant Center.” Spring, 1991
Coordinator, Kinderfest, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1990-1991
European Association for the Education of Young Children, Mannheim, Germany, 1991
Mayor's Task Force on Families and Children, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1988-1989
Vocational Advisory Council, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, AK
Columnist, Anchorage Times, Fairbanks Daily News Miner, 1986-1987
CDA Representatives, 1986-1987
Alternative Elementary Committee, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1986-1987
CCREE State Task Force on Early Childhood Education, 1981-1983
Board of Directors, Tanina Child Development Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 1981-1982

Voice Over Clients

Children Radio show in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Two DVD's created and distributed in Kathmandu, Nepal "HEMS OLYMPICS" and "RESPECTING OUR TODDLERS, OUR SELF" Shown throughout the Asian community


“Respect the Key to Raising a Self Confident Baby,” presented at the Third Annual Infant Toddler Specialists in Indiana, (ITSI) Institute held at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, August 8-10, 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana. “Baby Dancing” written by Dr. Suskind was given to each of the 160 participants,
“Respect the Key to Raising a Self Confident Baby,” presented at the Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children, Fairbanks, AK, 1993
“Education in Nepal and Scarcity of Resources for HEMS School,” Montachusett Area Rotary Club, Fitchburg, MA, 2009
“Respectful Parenting,” Parish Church, Lexington, MA 2002

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