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Mrs. Sue Guthrie Harmon

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Local Address:  New York City , New York , United States
Hackley School
293 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown , New York 10591
United States

Company Description: Hackley provides a complete, K-12 performing arts program that satisfies the interests of students at all ages and levels. The Lower School program introduces all...   more

Employment History

  • American Cancer Society, Nationally Ranked Fundraiser
    Team Sue Harmon
  • Teacher
    Lower School
  • Intern
    Lower School
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Summer Faculty & Staff | Hackley School, an independent college preparatory school in Tarrytown, NY., 8 July 2015 [cached]
Sue Harmon Ms Harmon has taught at Hackley School for twenty-one years. Read More
Sue Harmon: Every Day is a ..., 19 Mar 2008 [cached]
Sue Harmon: Every Day is a Gift
Sue will hold the Akin Family Chair from 2006-2010. By Julie D. Lillis -- When she was 32 and still nursing her youngest daughter, first grade teacher Sue Harmon felt a lump in her breast. She didn't dismiss it. Three days later she had a definitive diagnosis: cancer, Stage II. It had already spread to two lymph nodes. She opted for a lumpectomy, and soon after surgery began the arduous road that so many veterans of chemotherapy know. She took off the rest of the school year, shuttling to and from chemo over a six-month period. She says she thought, "'Wait a minute. This was not on my to-do list.'" But although that time was very difficult, Sue says she was stunned by the support of the Hackley community. "People were not afraid to make the gesture of letting me know that they were thinking of me [ranging from] parents, the students, the outpouring of letters, phone calls, emails, wishes, food...We could have fed every hungry person in the country...People wanted to help. I was amazed and overwhelmed by this community." After she finished her treatment, she "knew that I had to make a difference with this disease". She thought, "What am I going to do with everything that I learned?...And how do I give back to all of those people that did [so much] for me?
Sue is proud of the work she has done to raise money to fight cancer, and pleased with the awareness she has brought to the disease. She hopes that she can support women who are facing a cancer diagnosis, and inspire others to get mammograms on a timely basis. "It's like this crazy sorority that you get into, that you never wanted to be in, but you're in it," she says, furrowing her brow and looking intensely at me. "I want to make sure that I do everything possible in my life [so] that our children-the students here that I've taught, my children, your children, anybody's children--don't have to go through what I went through. It was not fun. So I'll do whatever I can." In addition, she has helped countless women who face a breast cancer diagnosis. Sometimes that means "taking some phone calls from women who are newly diagnosed," sometimes it means talking to perfect strangers or to women whom she knows right here on the Hilltop. I asked her how many women have talked to her at Hackley about having breast cancer. Three dozen, she says. Off campus, not affiliated with Hackley? About 200. "I'm a lucky one," Sue says. "If my story can help anyone, that's a good thing." Faculty and parents who know Sue have watched her efforts with admiration. Sue taught Diane Wheeler's daughter, Joanne, some years ago.
Sue brings this same kind of passion and energy to her work in the classroom. Not long ago she and I talked about her years at Hackley while her young students were off at music class. Hired in 1993 as a Lower School intern, Sue moved swiftly into place as a first grade teacher, where she has stayed for 14 years. Next year she will shift to third grade-as with everything she does, she is characteristically enthusiastic, saying she is "thrilled. And right now? "I just love first grade! she says with a big smile and a flash of her light blue-green eyes. Why? "It's the most exciting year," she says enthusiastically, leaning forward in her chair.
"Mrs. Harmon always has a way of making everybody feel smart," says Alex Satty '06, who student taught with her one year.
"I absolutely love Mrs. Harmon." Sue's former students agree. "Mrs. Harmon has always remained my 'favorite teacher' at Hackley," Sydney Sanchez '06 told me last year in an email.
I still refer back to 'Allie the Alligator' (which was [about the greater than sign]) when I'm confused...I can still count on Mrs. Harmon for a warm hug whenever I see her, even after twelve years." This warmth extends to all Sue does. She enjoys following her young charges from 1st through 12th grades, a benefit of a K-12 school like Hackley. "I keep in touch with my students. I really don't let them go," she laughs. "I'm in touch with their families. I love to see them on the Quad," she says. As she says, "these kids become part of you." She loves to see the work of her former students.
Sue likes to work in partnership with parents, recognizing that "we as teachers and we as parents are all here for the common goal: for educating these children, and having their children rise to their potential and meet their potential.
Teasingly called "DJ Suzy Sue" by her students, says Alex Satty, Sue played "music for the kids during snack time or after they had finished an activity.
Sue is so good at hunting for sea glass that she can tell the age of it, and enjoys the "story" behind each piece. Suddenly we hear the sound of shoes slapping against the floor. First graders stream into the classroom, and make a beeline for Sue. Her trademark energy and enthusiasm bubble over as she greets her students. It is time to let her do her job. "Come back and visit anytime," she says to me, and I know she means it. As I leave, I remember what she said earlier: "Every day is a gift."
Every year, the Hackley Community rallies ..., 19 Sept 2012 [cached]
Every year, the Hackley Community rallies behind the leadership of Lower School teacher Sue Harmon, breast cancer survivor and activist, to "Make Strides" for the cause. The first Hackley students to do the walk with Sue are alumni now, and the tradition continues.
facultyprofiles | Hackley School, an independent college preparatory school in Tarrytown, NY., 8 July 2015 [cached]
Hackley Review: Winter 2014-15: By Suzy Akin: Melissa Stanek was nominated by her faculty peers and selected last year as the newest holder of the Akin Family Chair for Excellence in Teaching, previously held by Kerry Clingen (1998-2002), Diana Kaplan (2002-06), Sue Harmon (2006-10), and Dianne Fahy '92 (2010-14).
Sue Harmon: Every Day is a Gift
Sue will hold the Akin Family Chair from 2006-2010.
Hackley School ~ facultyprofiles, 30 Dec 2013 [cached]
Sue Harmon: Every Day is a Gift
Sue will hold the Akin Family Chair from 2006-2010.
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