Educator, Author and Founder
Organization: Cooperative Games
Suzanne Lyons is a former science teacher as well as an author of approximately 30 books. She is also an educational materials developer and game designer, a curriculum developer, and small business owner. The science textbook program that Suzanne co-authored, Conceptual Integrated Science, is published by Pearson and now in its third edition. She holds a B.A. in physics from U.C. Berkeley; an M.A. in earth science from Sacramento State University; and an M.A. in education from Stanford University. Suzanne also holds a California public school teaching credential.
In recent years, Suzanne has broadened her teaching interests far beyond science teaching to include SEL and whole-child learning. Her efforts to develop ways to encompass the whole student have centered on cooperative games. In 2009, she founded the small business CooperativeGames.com as a public education project. She has gone on to create cooperative games and distribute them, give workshops and presentations, and write books for teachers on the topic.
In 2015, Suzanne published The Cooperative Games Bullying Prevention Program. In 2017, she created and published The Baby Beluga Game, a cooperative board game produced in cooperation with children’s entertainer Raffi. Her most recent book is: Cooperative Games in Education, Building Community Without Competition PreK-12, published by Teachers College Press. It is the first comprehensive manual for teachers that provides the research-based case for cooperative games as well as an extensive array of classroom tips and guidelines for practice.