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My name is Rick Suydam, and I have had the pleasure of teaching and serving the children of Miami-Dade County Schools for the past 34 years. I have worked at South Dade High School for the past ten years, in which I have taught Biology and AP Environmental Science. This past year, I have really enjoyed the integration of technology in the classroom.

I received a B.S. in Biology from Willamette University in Oregon. I have been the Science Department head at both Miami Northwestern and Homestead Senior High Schools. In 2014, I was a finalist for the Education Transformation’s Office (ETO) Science teacher of the year and the MDCPS Science Teacher of the Year in 2016.

During my teaching career I have also taught Anatomy & Physiology, Health Careers I and II and part of a Medical Magnet program along with Marine Science and Integrated Science.

Editor’s Note

Mr. Suydam has built curriculum for many years and has helped countless new and veteran teachers by selflessly sharing his work. Rick’s work is content impeccable and shares our Visual Learning technique philosophy as demonstrated in his original worksheets, activities, and Power Points.


- Rick Suydam

Science Curriculum Specialist