Susan Tate

Water Challenge Manager

As a lifelong resident of West Michigan, Susan has always felt very connected to the Great Lakes and passionate about protecting this region’s abundant natural resources. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in Biology and Earth Science, along with her teaching credentials, and a Master of Science from Michigan State University in Interdisciplinary Science for Secondary Education. During her time as a classroom teacher, she taught 8th grade Earth & environmental science, electives on nature photography, marine biology, and zombie science, and most recently a STEM PBL class for 6th-8th grades. Susan was actively involved in the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Salmon in the Classroom for 12 years, and her students were often working with community partners on place-based stewardship projects. She was also her school’s advisor for environmental clubs and competition teams, as well as the founder of an environmental film festival for students called GreenScreens. In her efforts to expand her student’s global thinking, Susan traveled professionally to Costa Rica, Iceland, Austria, and Antarctica.


Before joining EarthEcho as the Water Challenge Manager, Susan was a teacher fellow on Expedition: Water By Design, and a mentor fellow on Expedition: PlasticSeas in Melbourne.