Susan J. Gentile (MS)Affiliate Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies
AUNE Contact Information
Highest DegreeMS, Antioch University New England, Environmental Studies with Environmental Education Concentration
Other Degrees & CredentialsBA, Political Science and Environmental Studies, Williams College
Professional Goals / Research Interests
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This quotation was taped to my social studies teacher's desk when I was in eighth grade. It has been in my mind and in my work ever since. My goal is to help my students become educators who can enact this quotation, educators who will make a difference in people's lives and thereby make a difference in the world.
A metaphor for my work is a web of synapses connecting my teaching with others' teaching. As new synapses are constantly created and old ones are improved with use, the web grows and is strengthened through increasing connections.
A quotation from Daniel Quinn's Ishmael also comes to mind: "'What do I do if I earnestly desire to save the world'?...'What you do is teach a hundred what I've taught you, and inspire each of them to teach a hundred. That's how it's always done.'"
I am fascinated by communication between people, especially human language. I enjoy exploring the evolution of language, spoken and written, and I am intrigued by the possible effects of electronic communication on the human brain, social interaction, cultural diversity, and humans' role in the community of life.