Jeff Suzik

Jeff Suzik is the Director of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School at the University of Pittsburgh, a progressive independent school serving 435 students in grade K-8. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in American social history from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is an historian of 20th-century youth and adolescence, with a particular emphasis on the education, socialization, training, and transition into adulthood of working-class teenaged boys in the inter-war period. An educator and school administrator for over twenty five years of teaching and educational administrative experience, he has served as Head of School at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota; Assistant Head of School at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) in St. Louis, Missouri; and spent nearly a decade at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh as teacher, chair of the history department, director of the residential life program, and dean of students. Early on in his career, Jeff taught English as a Second Language in immediate post-communist Poland at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in the city of Poznan, and spent some time as lead teacher in a four-and-five-year-old preschool classroom in Madison, Wisconsin.