BS Elementary Education - St. Francis University
MA Educational Administration and Supervision - Indiana State University
ED.S. Educational Administration and Supervision, Curriculum - Indiana State University
State Certification - Administration All Levels - Florida, Indiana, Illinois
Deborah Suddarth is the Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School, joining the faith community in the 2015-2016 school year.
With a passion for teaching, Deborah Suddarth attended St. Francis University, and graduated with majors in theology and elementary education. She began teaching primary grades, preparing first communion classes, coaching girls' basketball, and directing school plays and musicals. As her love for teaching grew, she began classes at Indiana State University and graduated with an MA in School Admnistration. She completed her teaching and adminstration certificates for both Illinois and Indiana. While principal at St. Charles Borromeo School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, she once again began studying at ISU and completed her Educational Specialist Degree with an emphasis in curriculum development. As principal at St. Charles, she was invited to NCEA's National Principals Academy. She obtained an Indiana State Superintendent's license and became Associate Superintendent for the DIocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, where she assisted schools with accreditation, school improvement, curriculum design, and technology development. She conducted NCEA's "Shepherding the Shepherds" program for several dioceses. She was part of Apple Computer's Training the Trainers program, and provided inservice programs in several Midwest dioceses. She was later invited by the Franciscan Sisters to assist their religious community with marketing, fund development, and new membership. In 2005, she joined the staff at National Teachers Academy (affiliated with the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools) to work with teachers studying for their MA through a mentor program with classroom teachers of high risk children. Through these years she watched most of her family move to Florida. in 2009 she became principal at St. MIchael Academy on Amelia Island where she ministered for six years. In July of 2015, she relocated to Bradenton, to become the principal at St. Joseph Catholic School.
Throughout these years, she has remained dedicated to Catholic education, working with staff, parents and students to provide a strong academic environment, while instilling strong Christian faith and values.