‘I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else’

Sue Palmieri has spent her entire 25-year teaching career with Lebanon City Schools. She teaches fifth-grade science at Berry Intermediate School. CONTRIBUTED
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Sue Palmieri has spent her entire 25-year teaching career with Lebanon City Schools. She teaches fifth-grade science at Berry Intermediate School. CONTRIBUTED

Sue Palmieri teach Berry Intermediate in Lebanon.

Sue Palmieri has lived in Canada, Michigan, Hamilton and Maineville, but Lebanon will always be a home away from home.

The Berry Intermediate School fifth-grade science teacher has spent her entire 25-year career with Lebanon City Schools.

“I was extremely fortunate to receive this job right out of college in 1992,” she said. “Although I do not actually live in Lebanon, I feel that I am part Warrior, because I have been a part of this school district for half my life now. I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else.”

The Today’s Pulse found out more.

Q: What has been your educational journey?

A: I graduated from Badin High School in Hamilton. I went to Bowling Green State University, Ohio, for my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I attended the University of Cincinnati and received a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

I currently teach fifth-grade science. I have taught both math and science in previous years.

Q: Did you always know you would be a teacher?

A: I always imagined myself in this role. My mom is a retired teacher and principal. My grandfather served on the Canadian Board of Education. I have cousins that are teachers. It's in my blood.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

A: Every day is different, bringing new surprises, challenges, experiences and growth. No two days are ever the same. You can, however, always count on smiling and laughing, and you are guaranteed a hug, a fist bump or a high five.

I like finding ways to make learning fun and am rewarded by my students’ positive reactions. I also really enjoy when past students come back to visit and share memories and stories, even if they are returning as a parent of a current student.

Q: Can you share about your family?

A: I have been married for 22 years to my husband Joe, whom I met in high school. We have three sons. Alex is 19, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. Max is 16, a sophomore in high school, and Sam is 13, a seventh-grader.

Q: What do you enjoy about working at BIS?

A: The staff that I work with is absolutely the best. We are a family. We laugh and cry together. We have a common goal which is to put kids first. I feel extremely blessed to work with them all. They make me a better teacher.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I enjoy watching my boys play their sports, reading (preferably by a beach or lake), watching movies and beating my friends at Euchre.

Q: What is something most people may not know about you?

A: When I was younger, I figure skated, tap danced (with a tambourine), played the guitar, swam on a swim team, bowled in a youth league, and in high school played softball, basketball and tennis. I even made the first three-point shot in girls basketball for my high school, a record that can't be broken.

Contact this contributing writer at lisa.knodel@gmail.com.

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