Susan O'Hara

Susan O'Hara is executive director of the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Schools (CRESS) at the University of California, Davis. Cofounder of the Academic Language Development Network, Susan has extensive experience in teacher professional development, math and science education, and effective practices for teaching English learners.

Prior to assuming her current position, Susan was an associate professor and executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University, as well as a professor of education at Sacramento State University. She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and mathematical physics from University College Dublin and a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California. In addition, Susan earned her doctorate in education—with an emphasis on math, science, and technology education—from UC Davis.

Coauthor (with Robert Pritchard) of Teaching Vocabulary with Hypermedia, 6-12, Susan has written numerous articles for professional publications, including the Journal for Education of Students Placed at Risk and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Susan has called Dublin, Ireland, and Lesotho, in southern Africa, "home."