Suzanne Tomlinson
Suzanne Tomlinson
Older Kids
BA English and American Studies, Nottingham University UK
Teaching Credential, San Francisco State University

I was born and raised in a little village called Tredington in the heart of the English countryside and moved to San Francisco in 1988. Looking for a more family-friendly town, I moved to Fort Collins in 1995. I starting working at Rivendell in 1996 and have worked my way up from Younger Kids to Older Kids. I love that Rivendell is a place that allows everyone to be who they want to be. The nurturing environment allows students to advocate for themselves, take risks and try new and challenging things.

I believe that students should enjoy coming to school. I try to make the classroom a warm environment where we work hard but also have some fun. Student strengths are celebrated and nurtured, and students are encouraged to take risks and try new things in order to meet their potential and appreciate what they are truly capable of achieving. Students work individually and with partners and in small groups, so they learn important teamwork and communication skills. I encourage all voices to be heard and valued, and love to hear the different opinions and ideas that are discussed. I help my students become more and independent, while growing into good problem solvers and critical thinkers. My classroom is also a place where singing, dancing, and occasional dramatic performances are enjoyed!

I am married with two adult children who both attended Rivendell School. In my free time, I enjoy the great outdoors where you can find me hiking, camping or paddleboarding. After a busy day at work I love yoga, pilates, gardening and reading.