Recent Feedback from Presentations & Keynotes with Susan B. Katz, NBCT

“Our 2nd grade students LOVED their virtual visit from Susan! The teachers noted how engaged and interested the kids were for the visit, almost as if she was in the room with them! They learned a lot and had fun while doing it.”

— Lizzie Martino, Assistant Principal at Decatur Classical, Chicago, IL

“Susan B Katz brought so much energy and fun to our school assembly! We loved the different costume changes, and the excitement that she brought! Everyone went away learning something new!”

— Kate Kropf (Cove School PTO President)

“Susan’s classroom presentation of Mama Earth was an absolute delight for my
1st graders.  My students were thoroughly engaged as Susan, dressed as Mama Earth,
encouraged active participation throughout the reading.  Susan’s presentation
aligned perfectly with our writing program as my young “authors” got to meet
a real author, see and hear the author's work, discuss the writing process,
and learn first-hand what an author can accomplish.  Well done!”

— Andrea Roberts, 1st Grade Teacher

“Susan’s presentation was outstanding!  Across our building, our K-2 students are studying shapes and attributes, and her book tied in perfectly! Susan’s engaging presentation was a hit for students and teachers alike!”

— Kelly, Principal, South School

“We were all delighted with Susan’s visit. The students were fully engaged
in the presentation, including answering questions, volunteering to hold props,
learning accompanying hand motions, and singing the lyrics to her book,
MY MAMA EARTH. The students were very inspired to write their own stories.
It was a wonderful presentation and we are so grateful that Susan took the
time to encourage our young readers and writers.”

— Ms. B, Central Elementary, Belmont, CA

“Spectacular!  A charming presenter. Extremely practical—well planned,
filled with interesting anecdotes. I picked up useful and detailed tips.
I’d sit through this again tomorrow just to pick up more!”

— Denise Beckfield

“Excellent background. Well presented. Compact presentation.”

— Mark Haberstrath

“Knowledgeable with good, applicable ideas.”

— Lynn K.

“Very personalized, interactive, and smart.”

— Elaine P.

“After attending this workshop, I felt eager to go back to the classroom!”

— Yesenia

“Very enthusiastic and engaging!”

— Joanna

“Very practical and helpful. Creative. Good use of realia. Keep up the good work!”

— Paula


“Susan has such a dynamic, friendly, and compelling presence!”

— Lara P.


“Excellent!  Filled with practical and experience-tested tips.
Also a likable, entertaining presenter.”

— Ginger Z.

“Susan had great energy and made the workshop great!”

— Min K.

“Very helpful! You can tell Susan taught school.  She guided the process nicely”

— Livia Hermiz

“I appreciated Susan’s energy and expertise!”

— Javier C.

“Susan’s ease with presenting is refreshing and puts the audience at ease.
She is welcoming and engaging.  Her materials are specific and the handouts
and information can be applied immediately.”

— Stephanie

“Thanks for all the great ideas. I will use them next week and share with others.”

— Blanca

“Susan has such a dynamic, friendly, and compelling presence!”

— Lara P.

“Very comprehensive and informative. Susan was great!”

— Heather H.

Schedule a Virtual Visit with Susan!

January 26, 2024 The Cove School, Corte Madera

"Her assembly was very engaging, students learned a lot and were involved throughout, and she used excellent engagement strategies to pull students who were starting to get off-task back on. I would say this was our best author assembly yet!" - Mr. Tornquist

"It was amazing! Really loved how the meditation station makes the idea of mindfulness concrete for kids. With our site's focus on kindness, I found the Share Your Love story, and the idea of sharing kindness with someone you don’t like, to be very powerful also." - Nicole Sylvester Sandoval

"I loved her management of our classes. Her kind nature, her knowledge and games that she played with the students. Best assembly we have had by an author!" - Mrs. Norenberg

"In my opinion, she has been the best one for our older students. She used call backs, which no one ever does. The books were on their level and she talked about authors that I read in class, like Alan Gratz. My class said they liked this one the best so far, and they are a tough group to please." - Mrs. Torres

2022 school visit in Ogdensburg, NY


I present workshops and deliver highly engaging and informative keynote speeches at various venues– schools, conferences, corporate venues, festivals, and district/site professional development days.

As a seasoned educator and former Strategic Partner Manager at Facebook, topics include:


• The Buddha in Business: How to Bring Compassion and Meditation into the Workplace

• Differentiating Your Client Relations Strategy

• Pitch Perfect: How to Launch Your Publishing Career

• Post This, Not That: Social Media Strategy

• How to Raise and Engage Readers

• Time Tested Topics and the Common Core

Other topics for schools, libraries, and conferences are:

From Draft to Deal
Social Media Strategy

Time Tested Topics
How to Stand Out and Sell
Writing for the Common Core

Multicultural Literature
Best Practices for ELLs
Strategic Partner Management

I look forward to speaking at your bookstore, school or conference soon.
I am available to present in either English or Spanish.

LEND Conference Presentation

Here is a link to a video clip of a parent workshop entitled At Home
Strategies for School Success:

Professional Presentation

Here is a video of my book launch at Book Passage. I am dressed as Mama Earth and use props, puppets and multimedia to engaged various learning modalities.

School Visit

ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME school presentation by Susan B. Katz

ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME Book Launch at Book Passage



Gather up to 250 K-2 or 3-5 students for an assembly. It will be lively and interactive, incorporating the writing process. I use multimedia and activate students’ various learning modalities. Twenty years of teaching really shines through when I am up in front of an audience of children.



I can facilitate a workshop series in which students create their own stories. I bring blank, hardbound books, giving students an opportunity to publish their own stories.



I am available to speak about multicultural literature, Best Practices for Facebook, the transition to the Common Core and/or Social Media. Endorsements from prior conference evaluations are above.


Professional Development

I can lead your next site or district-level PD with workshops about differentiation, Common Core strategies, or best practices for literacy instruction. I have designed and facilitated quality district PD for the past ten years.

Susan B. Katz, Author

Writing Conferences

Topics include, but are not limited to: From Draft to Deal, How to Stand Out and Sell and Writing for the Common Core. Above are some endorsements of my presentations from the Big Sur Writers’ Conference and the San Diego State Writer’s Conference.