Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education
Suzanne Perkins is an education neuroscientist and one of eight nonpartisan candidates for four open seats on the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Trustees. Each seat is for a four-year term.
Perkins maintains a website called the Brain CaNDY Lab, focused on cognitive and neuro development in youth. She has been involved with the Start School Later's Ann Arbor chapter, which advocates starting school no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Perkins is active in the Democratic Party, and in the Aug. 7 primary she was elected as a Democratic precinct delegate for Ward 5, Precinct 10. She also served as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for the 12th Congressional District.
Perkins has worked as a research fellow at the University of Michigan. In the late 1990s she was a special education teacher in Massachusetts. She previously worked for a private mental health agency in Massachusetts, helping children who were in the care of the Massachusetts Dept. of Social Service and the Dept. of Mental Health.
Perkins grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated from Pioneer High School. She received an undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University in teaching and curriculum. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in a combined program in education and psychology. She did a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuroscience, studying how child maltreatment and poverty affect brain development.
Perkins lives on the northwest side of Ann Arbor.
Priti Shah is serving as treasurer for Perkins' campaign.
Suzanne Perkins: In The News
A Pivotal Election: A referendum on growth and a school board challenge will shape the city's future – Ann Arbor Observer, November 2018
Candidate Info: Suzanne Perkins – WEMU, Oct. 29, 2018
Meet Your Candidate – We Love Ann Arbor, Oct. 19, 2018
Ann Arbor school board candidates talk achievement gap, teacher evaluations – MLive, Oct. 15, 2018
AAPS Board Candidate Comments (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 4, 2018
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, Sept. 24, 2018
Only 3 percent of Ann Arbor high schoolers choose later start time – MLive, Dec. 15, 2017
Parent group pushes for later high school start times in Ann Arbor – MLive, Dec. 5, 2016
Lady Gaga Hits Stage for Invite-Only Show for DNC Delegates – NBC News (Philadelpha), July 28, 2016
See who Michigan is sending to the 2016 Democratic National Convention – MLive, July 25, 2016