Dr. Susan Allport Schneider is an exquisite art educator who has accrued 43 years of professional experience in teaching prior to her retirement in 2004. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in art education from Kutztown University in 1961, she began serving the Bethlehem Area School District in Pennsylvania as an art consultant for nine years. During her tenure there, she earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1965.
Hired by Kutztown University in 1970, Dr. Allport Schneider served as a professor of art for more than three decades and was chair of the department of art from 2001 to 2004. Certified as an art teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade in the State of Pennsylvania, she has also maintained affiliation with the National Art Education Association, for whom she served on the Pennsylvania board for more than 25 years.
In the latter stages of her career, Dr. Allport Schneider continued her formal education with a Doctor of Education in curriculum from Temple University in 1996. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an international honor society promoting professional and personal growth of women educators, from whom she also received an international scholarship in 1988 and formerly served as vice president.
Civically involved as well, Dr. Allport Schneider has served as president of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation since 2010 and was a member and regent of the Mashannon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 to 2019. Additionally, she was an art teacher at a local nursing home in 2004.
In light of her success, Dr. Allport Schneider has earned numerous accolades from the National Art Education Association in Reston, Virginia. In 1996, she was named an Outstanding Art Educator, and in 1992 and 1993, she was honored as an Outstanding Newsletter Editor. Furthermore, she was highlighted in the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America in 2008.
Desiring to help others through her interest in art, Dr. Allport Schneider knew early on that she wanted to pursue a career in education. Among the notable highlights of her career, she considers teaching her students with community programs to be a crowning achievement. She enjoyed guiding students in preparing demonstrations of their artwork, as well as exposing them to various artistic mediums.