Sue found herself responsible for payroll, staffing, house staff evaluations, and perhaps most importantly, assisting to integrate the residents into their community and making sure they were taught skills to be productive and have a sense of belonging within their home towns. During this time Sue realized that as she assisted others, she herself was developing what would become a lifelong passion for learning.
As a proud, yet concerned American citizen, after her family relocated to Teller County in 2020, Sue felt a deep moral obligation to serve in the local community by volunteering with non-profit organizations like Phoenix Project, Choices, and the Kiwanis Club. The aforementioned passion for learning also led her to become interested in how students in Woodland Park were being prepared for success to become tomorrow’s leaders.
She discovered that many parents simply didn’t know what a local school board does, and were unaware that new and questionable curriculums were being handed down from the federal and state level. On the other hand, many teachers felt that with parental involvement dwindling, their own voices and input were also being diminished. At the same time they were being tasked with more responsibilities but getting no additional support. And in the middle of all of this, there were the students, who had the most to lose.
What was especially evident to her was that people in Teller County love the students, and are united to help them succeed. It was then that the idea of lending a hand and serving in an official capacity began to take shape. Sue’s mission is to be a voice for parents and teachers, while ALWAYS putting students first. She feels that we are called to empower and equip the next generation for success. You can read more about Sue’s platform issues here (insert link for Sue on the Issues)
Before moving to Colorado, Sue and her late husband Bill owned an equine boarding facility and operated an equestrian riding camp for many years, with an emphasis on teaching children how to ride, love, and care for their mounts. After Bill passed away in 2010 following a 10-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Sue was blessed to find true love a second time when she met and fell in love with her husband Ray Patterson, who also lost his soul mate to breast cancer. Together, they moved to Teller County in 2020. Sue and Ray have a blended family of 4 children, 14 grandchildren, and currently reside in the Woodland Park School District in Teller County with their dog, Winter.