Susan is a lifelong children's advocate. She has served as a PTA President, science teacher, and building/district level administrator with Huntsville City Schools (HCS). During that time, she originated numerous programs for the district including Project Lead the Way, Cyber Security, and the EMT program. In her role as Career Academy Director, Susan developed and implemented STEM programs that led to HCS teams earning top spots in state, national, and international competitions. Seeing a disconnection between much of what happens in the classroom and that which students find relevant to their daily lives, in 2011 Susan and her family incorporated the nonprofit Much Is Expected, Inc. Susan was recognized as Alabama PTA Teacher of the Year in 2012 for her work as the Director of the Applied Math and Science Center at Grissom High School.
June served as a 27-year veteran science teacher and principal at Grissom High School. During this time, June facilitated Grissom High School's recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and an Alabama Engineering Academy Initiative School. June developed and taught the Environmental Field Studies course at Grissom High School. This course provided field experience outside the classroom with hands on investigations in natural settings including rivers, oceans, and caves. Students' research of the Alabama cave shrimp, an endangered species, was funded by a Toyota Tapestry grant, the first awarded in Alabama. June and her students' research was published in The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science in July 1999. This course established the model for hands on project based STEM learning leading to the development of the Applied Math and Science Center at Grissom High School which piloted Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Cyber Security for Huntsville City Schools.
Mike, a 26-year veteran educator, introduced, developed, and implemented the advanced manufacturing program for Huntsville City Schools. He worked with Greenpower United Kingdom and served as CEO for the GreenpowerUSA Foundation facilitating the implementation of Greenpower in the United States. Mike coached a Greenpower team of local students and lend them to recognition on the international stage. He has served on multiple committees for the Alabama State Department of Education assisting with curriculum development, course of study design, and creation of the statewide junior college articulation agreement. Mike's former students include numerous state and national drafting design medal winnersand engineering scholarship awardees,
Kate has been a fixture in science education in the Huntsville area for almost 20 years. She has taught both Honors Biology and Advanced Placement (AP) Biology in the public schools where she earned recognition as a national upper echelon AP teacher based on her students' outstanding performance on the national test. Kate served as the first Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences teacher for Huntsville City Schools, teaching the introduction to Biomedical Sciences class during the pilot year for the district. Kate has built and coached many championship Science Olympiad teams in the various high schools where she has served. Kate served as an instructor at the university level, teaching lab technique at University of Alabama, Huntsville, while completing her graduate degree. She also has practical experience in the public health field, having served six years as the City Health Department Director for the city of Arnold, Missouri. She brings this wealth and diversity of experience, as well has her enthusiasm to help students, to her work at Much is Expected.