Susan K. Danielson
Rosa Parks Elementary School
Prince William County Public Schools
Susan Danielson has been principal at Rosa Parks Elementary School for the past nine years. In a process that took six years, Danielson led Rosa Parks Elementary in 2012 to becoming the first International Baccalaureate–Primary Years Programme School in the Prince William County District, making Danielson a trusted instructional leader for her building. In addition, the school has earned the recognition of School of Excellence every year since its inception. In 2014, Danielson was selected to participate in the Lifetouch Memory Mission trip, allowing her to educate her students about the importance of giving back and to work directly with children in the Dominican Republic. Extremely conscious of her role as a leader and as a relationship builder, Danielson still remains in contact with her fellow colleagues she met on this trip. She considers her strong relationships and open communication with Rosa Parks parents and families to be among her greatest achievements as an educator and an administrator. Danielson makes time on a daily basis to connect with students, greeting them in the mornings and afternoons with smiles, laughter, and high fives. In addition to her work creating a strong social and emotional safety net, Danielson has worked diligently to support her students academically. Danielson has years of experience providing classroom instruction and working as a school counselor in addition to her work as an administrator. She has an M.A. in Education Leadership from George Mason University, an M.A. from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. from Kearney State College.