Monday, December 5, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 2: Central - Susan Crooks

 I was born in Alexandria, and have lived in Louisiana all my life, except for four years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  I’m a math teacher, and have taught in Rapides, Grant, and Caldwell parishes.  Currently, I’m an assistant professor of mathematics at Louisiana College in Pineville.

My undergraduate degree was actually in art education from NLU in Monroe, with a minor in mathematics.  I also have a masters’ degree in math education and a Specialist in Educational Technology from NSU.

I joined the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in 1997.    I was honored to be invited because I knew so many teachers I idolize were members.  It wasn’t long before I was asked to serve as chapter president.  At this time, I’m the chapter treasurer, another important and busy job!  I’ve served on Epsilon State committees, I’m a graduate of Bea Davis, and I’m now the Central District Director.  I was very flattered when Donnis asked me to serve.  Some of you may not know that I composed the music for the Bea Davis song that my class wrote.

While living in Tuscaloosa, I taught as an adjunct for the University of Alabama, and tutored for the Athletic Department.  So, of course, I became hooked on Alabama football, and still pull for them, even when they play LSU.  I’m also a big fan of Trace Adkins, and have been to see him concert several times.

I am married to Gerald Crooks, and we have one son, John.  John is married to a wonderful girl named Kayla, and they have three beautiful daughters.  Gerald is the second vice-president of the Cenla Shrine Club and will become president next year.  He’s also the acting principal at Cenla Christian Academy, a private school in Pineville.  We enjoy visiting our camp at Toledo Bend when we have the chance, but we’re both very involved with our schools, our church, and our organizations!
We are members of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville, and I sing alto in the choir.  It has become one of my greatest joys!
I love to watch or read murder mysteries, and I love optical illusions and puzzles.  I collect Santa Claus figures (I tell people it’s because we have the same initials, but I think the truth is that I refuse to grow up!)  I would love to have more time to travel, or do crafts or family tree research.  And I always enjoy spending time with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters in my chapter and around the state!

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