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Susan Handy Honored: "Woman with a Heart for Bakersfield"

Posted on 10/15/2009

Susan Handy
Susan Handy, Bakersfield Adult School Principal

Susan Handy, Principal of Bakersfield Adult School, will be honored as one of four outstanding "Women with a Heart for Bakersfield." These women are honored based on their exceptional community service and leadership that has made a positive and lasting impact in Bakersfield through noteworthy service, leadership, and mentorship.

Handy has been a driving force and advocate for adult education both in Kern County and at the state level through the California State Department of Education. Her commitment has led Bakersfield Adult School to offer career technical education that will help to fill the critical nursing shortage. She has served on the CalPro Advisory Board, Field Partnership Team, Gender Equity Task Force and as the ACSA Region 11 State Board Representative. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Bakersfield Adult School vocational Nursing Program.

Handy was honored for her integrity, commitment, and service to the community. She states: "I love what I do…Teaching the adult student not only affects their lives, but the lives of the children, and their children’s children."

In the fall of 2007, Handy was also acknowledged as an OTAN Power User"— a member who uses the OTAN website regularly. She reports using the site every day to look for information on a variety of topics including data from California Department of Education, staff development opportunities and course descriptions and outlines.

One of Susan’s requirements for her new administrators is that they log onto OTAN at least once a week. She explains, "It is their 'heads up' on what is going on around the state as well as a tremendous resource for their teachers and their own personal leadership skills."

Garden Pathways is a community-based non-profit organization in Bakersfield, California that provides mentoring, training, and education in the arts and the art of living.