Susan Spicka, Interim Director
Susan Spicka is the interim director for Education Voters of PA and a recently-elected school board member in Shippensburg. She became involved in education advocacy in 2011 after Governor Corbett announced his plan to cut more than $1 billion from public education funding. Susan joined together with members of her community to raise awareness of the impact these funding cuts would have on the education of children in area communities. She co-founded Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley, a grassroots organization that is dedicated to advocating for policies that support quality public education.
Susan has been an active volunteer in her children’s public schools since her oldest daughter entered kindergarten in 2007. After seeing the impact that state budget cuts had on the Shippensburg Area Middle School, she joined with parents to found the Shippensburg Area Middle School PTO with the goal of increasing educational opportunities for children at the school. The SAMS PTO has secured outside funding to bring back the afterschool clubs that had been eliminated and continues to work to find ways to create more learning opportunities students.
Prior to moving to Shippensburg in 2002, Susan taught English in a high school with a high number of economically disadvantaged students in Columbus, Ohio. During this time, she witnessed first-hand both the incredible power of public education to change the lives of students and the challenges facing our public schools. Her teaching experience solidified her belief that all children, no matter where they live, deserve to have an equal opportunity to receive a great public education.
Susan has two daughters who attend public schools and her husband teaches history at Shippensburg University. She holds a B.A. in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M. A. in Ancient Greek and a M.Ed. in English education from The Ohio State University.
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Chris Rhodes Jr., Communications Intern
Chris is a communications intern for Education Voters of PA and a current graduate student of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and enjoys building his capacity to explore the theory of change for nonprofit organizations while developing ideas for programming and social innovation. Prior to attending graduate school, Chris worked for two years as a teacher in a a boarding school while also working in the school's Communications Office and Office of Community and Equity. Outside of work, Chris spends his time going out into the city with his wife, Pelashia, and exploring the various attractions and events that make Philadelphia such a unique place.
Yasmeen Kaboud, Intern
Yasmeen is currently an intern at Education Voters. A student in the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts and Sciences, Yasmeen is pursuing undergraduate degrees in both Political Science and American History. She hopes to pursue non-profit or public policy work after graduation. Outside of work you might catch her debating politics, working on campaigns, or casually singing show tunes in public.
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