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Suzanne Conway is an elementary and middle school English teacher at FCSO and a teacher ambassador. 

Our students at Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO) recently visited the Museum of Natural History to study the natural world in an integrative and collaborative way. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who normally greet each other in their virtual classrooms, were excited to see each other live, in such a dynamic and inspirational place where we could all witness some of the most fascinating aspects of our natural world.  Our students have been studying such diverse, science-related topics as habitats, plants, animals, geography, rocks and minerals, fossils, and geological time, all of which are subjects showcased in various exhibits at the museum.

Students were amazed with the treasures found in the museum’s national gem collection, including the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat blue diamond.  Kristina, a fourth grade student at FPCSO, said, “My favorite is the Carmen Lucia Ruby, my birthstone. I would love to wear that ring!”  I encouraged her to consider writing her upcoming research report on that particular gemstone.

Our visit concluded with a tour of the butterfly exhibit – a walk through living butterfly habitat – where we had the opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies from around the world.  All in all, it was a great day for students in the District’s only virtual public charter school!

About The Author

Suzanne Conway

Suzanne teaches grades 3-8 at Friendship Public Charter School Online (FPCSO) in Washington, D.C.  She loves teaching in a virtual environment, where the focus is on learning! Suzanne brings 20 years of experience in education and community development. She has taught in public and private schools, served as division director for the American Heart Association (AHA), and as community relations coordinator for EEI, one of the largest women-owned companies in the U.S. After raising over $1 million for AHA, she returned to her first love: teaching.  Suzanne earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education: teaching and learning.  She is highly qualified in reading and language acquisition and middle school English language arts.  Suzanne lives in Haymarket, Virginia, with her husband, Rick, and their dog, Ginger.  She enjoys swimming, traveling, decorating, the arts, the Washington Nationals, and keeping up with their sons. 

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