Susie Owens

Each month we share the stories of dynamic educators who are using MasteryConnect in innovative ways to help students be their best! Follow along with our Featured Teacher series and get to know other teachers in the MC community.

Meet Susie Owens, she’s been teaching second grade for 14 years! Even though she admitted teaching was a second career choice for her, she didn’t waste any time before making a huge impact on students. She currently teaches at Fremont Elementary School in Nevada, but if she wasn’t a teacher she’d go back to her past career of being a roulette dealer at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Keep reading to learn how she avoids burnout after all of her years in the classroom.


What subjects have you taught?
I teach elementary so Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Writing

What grades have you taught?

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to travel.

How do you avoid burnout?
I make sure to take at least one weekend day just for me and my family.

What keeps you excited about teaching?
The kids!

Why did you start teaching?
Teaching was a second career choice for me. I did not start teaching until I was 49 years old! I love to be around kids and to help them to become their best selves.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

If you could choose a “walk-on song” to be played every morning, what would it be?

What is your favorite book on education?
Phonological Awareness tools and strategies

What advice would you give a first-year teacher?

If you weren’t a teacher, what kind of career would you have?
I was a roulette dealer at the Bellagio Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

What has been the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
Each year when my class finally masters addition/subtraction with regrouping.

What is your favorite quote?
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

Tell us one of your goals for this year.
One of my goals is that every child in my class knows that they are important and they matter.

What is your favorite MC Feature?
I like the reports features, especially item analysis.

What is one thing you want students to take away when they leave your classroom at the end of the year?
They CAN do anything!

What is your dream vacation?
A hut over the water on Fiji.


The acquisition brings together industry-leading LMS and AMS solutions

At MasteryConnect, we are proud to be a part of the work you do every day. That’s why we want to personally share the exciting news—MasteryConnect has been acquired by Instructure!

Joining Instructure, a long-time MasteryConnect partner, is a natural fit. The deal brings together the industry-leading Canvas LMS, which scales curriculum and high-quality instruction, with the leading standards-based assessment platform. Seamlessly integrated, MasteryConnect bridges the gap between assessment and learning, within the intuitive Canvas environment. But, most importantly, both teams care deeply about improving education, and we find meaning in the difference we’re making.

Moving forward, you can expect the same high level of service that you’ve come to expect as a MasteryConnect partner, and using MasteryConnect will be business as usual. To continue our work, the MC team will be joining the amazing team at Instructure, as will all three MasteryConnect founders. With new and expanded resources, we’ll continue to enhance our tools, while building deeper integrations for customers using both MasteryConnect and Canvas LMS.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in us over the last decade. You are the reason we come to work, and we are all committed to supporting you as you improve educational opportunities for kids.

Again, thank you again for your partnership—we look forward to the next chapter together!

Keep on trackin’

Mick Hewitt, Trenton Goble & Doug Weber
Co-founders of MasteryConnect

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