Sue Newton - Retired Faculty & Staff - McDonogh School

Sue Newton

“Why do we need to know this stuff?” students often ask. However, it’s a question Math teacher Sue Newton has never heard from students in her “Data Analytics and Algebra: Managing Money and Spreadsheeting'' course. Students know that Sue will teach them the “stuff” they need to know to be financially literate adults who can comfortably navigate the real world. They know they can depend on Mrs. Newton. That’s just who she is.

Sue began her full-time teaching career at McDonogh in the fall of 1999. During her first year, she taught four distinct content areas to fifth graders: reading, English, math, and science. Talk about versatile! The following year, she taught math to seventh and eighth graders, a position she held for 11 years. She also coached Cross Country and served as the MathCounts Coach. In 2011, she followed her students to the Upper School where she spent the next decade teaching everything from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB. Sue also served as a faculty representative on the Honor Council. 

Sue has been described as someone whose dedication to students is unmatched and whose devotion is unwavering. It is not an exaggeration to say that after 22 years as an advisor and mentor, Sue has transformed the lives of countless students. In 2010, Sue was awarded the Raymond B. Oliver ‘40 Teaching Chair for the “legacy of teaching excellence she has created inside math classrooms for decades.” Ten years later, a grateful McDonogh family endowed a Distinguished Teaching Chair, which will forever bear the name of Susan L. Newton and will celebrate teachers who challenge and inspire their students.

Sue has distinguished herself as a patient and trusted educator, advocate, colleague, and friend. We will miss her deeply but will always be grateful for the decades of extraordinary service she gave to our school. Sue, in keeping with the title of one of your favorite movies, we wish you a “Wonderful Life” in retirement!