Suzanne Lyons M.A., M.A. is an educator and author specializing in science education, sustainability, and social-and-emotional learning. Her degrees are in physics (U.C. Berkeley), Earth science (Sacramento State University), and education (Stanford University). Suzanne’s science books include a college-level textbook Conceptual Integrated Science (co-authored by Paul Hewitt and published by Pearson Education), which is sold internationally. Another recent science book by Suzanne and co-authors Lynne Cherry and Juliana Texley is a manual for teaching climate change called Empowering Young Voices for the Planet (Corwin Publications 2015).
Suzanne’s work in social-and-emotional learning centers on her interest in cooperative games. In that capacity, she founded the small company CooperativeGames.com in 2009. She also writes extensively about cooperative games and provides workshops, webinars, and professional development to teachers.
Suzanne’s most recent book is The Cooperative Games Bullying Prevention Program. The book makes the research-based case for using cooperative games to prevent aggression in young children as well as nurture kindness, well-being, empathy and cooperation. The book is both a practical teaching guide for those who care for children as well as a thought-provoking discussion of norms of cooperation versus competition in the school system and society at large.
Suzanne professional memberships include The National Science Teacher’s Association, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Education Writers Association.
She resides in Northern California with her husband Pete and their two collge-age children Tristan and Arianna (when they intermittently come back home to catch some rest and home cooked meals ☺)