What I do
An educator by training, Sue Teumer has taught at all levels – graduate-level courses down through preschool and even parent/infant programs. Her 25+ years of teaching have run the gamut from special education to gifted education as well as a stint in "regular education." She insists her most meaningful teaching experiences, though, are those she has shared with a variety of animals.
Teumer has extensive experience in the field of animal-assisted interactions. She has developed and led animal-assisted education, activity and therapy programs for individuals of all ages, employing several models of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and including animals of many different species. What started by bringing her trained pot-bellied pig into schools to motivate increased language in young children grew into an opportunity to develop and run a therapeutic farm providing services for dozens of students each week. She has served as a volunteer, trainer, evaluator and national board member for the Delta Society's Pet Partner program. She has also worked as program coordinator, volunteer, instructor and Executive Committee member for HABIC, Human-Animal Bond in Colorado. With Dr. Aaron Katcher, she co-authored a chapter for Aubrey Fine's Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, (Second Edition).