Shadow Oaks 2013 Teacher of the Year - Suzie Rudolph

Suzie Rudolph
Shadow Oaks Elementary
Kindergarten Teacher

Education: University of Houston Downtown, Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998

Teaching History: Shadow Oaks Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher, 2012-Present, Shadow Oaks Elementary, Prekindergarten Teacher, 1999-2012, Shadow Oaks Elementary, Long-term Substitute Teacher, 1999

In her own words: “Year after year, I have watched students make tremendous academic and social growth while in my classroom and throughout their elementary years. Year after year, I check with the students, their parents and their current grade-level teachers to find out how they are doing. The biggest compliment for me is when students have gone to middle school and still return and stop by my classroom to say ‘hello.’”

“I believe that teaching should be fun, hands on, and informative . . . I want students to come to class to learn, have fun, experience new things, and have a-ha moments throughout the day. I strive to be an energetic teacher who provides lots of real-life experiences that provide learning to all types of learners and students.”

In the words of others: “Mrs. Rudolph is a true professional who balances the demands of data-driven accountability, the social and emotional needs of her students, and the needs of the school-wide community. She does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but rather to make a difference and impact the life of each student with whom she interacts.” Cay Walker, 21st Century Texas ACE Site Coordinator

“Mrs. Rudolph’s high expectations, and detail to procedure along with her meaningful, engaging and language-rich instruction are the foundation for her students’ success. It is clear that she has a passion for children.” Julie Baggerly, Shadow Oaks Elementary Principal

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
New Teacher Mentor & College Committee Chair, 2012
Student Teacher Sponsor, 2006, 2008-2010
Teacher of the Year, 2005-2006


Spring Branch ISD