Susan Valko aka - Zsuzsanna - MWF Morning Teacher
My name is Susan Valko (43), but if you are ready for a challenge you can call me Zsuzsanna, which is my original name. I was born and raised in a small town called Pécs in Hungary and after I finished my studies and worked a little bit there (as a management consultant doing IT related projects which sounds boring, but once I got to drive a trolley bus!) we decided to move to Toronto, Canada. We spent three great years there and then decided to move again, this time to Madison!
I have three children (fun fact: each one was born in a different country) – my younger daughter Blanka (11) doesn’t like that she is usually mentioned last when I talk about my family, so I’ll start with her: she loves to do gymnastics and loves to plays Among Us, my son Barnus (16) loves soccer and he is learning to drive a car, my older daughter Bori (13) is a KPOP fan and she also loves to do gymnastics.
I have three pets in my house a dog called Bodza, who is not sure about dogs, but loves all people and his favorite food is lettuce, a bunny called Bamboo who is a sweet boy and his favorite activity is to sit on top of his box and a guinea pig called Potato who lives in a “pig-loo” and he makes the best meep-meep sounds ever!
I have been working with young children for more than 12 years, first as a parent helper and board member at UHP (both Barnus and Bori went there when they were little) then as a music teacher and later as a gymnastics instructor and coach. I’ve developed my own preschool gymnastics program called GymMonkeys and led it for 5 years, it was a hoot! Currently I work at Capital Gymnastics in Verona as a team coach in the afternoons. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to teach preschool at UHP in the mornings starting in the fall!
Some of my favorite things besides coaching gymnastics and teaching preschool are: doing gymnastics, learning to throw pottery, working in my backyard, kayaking, yoga, crocheting, working on arts and craft projects with my kids, traveling and going on hikes with my family and enjoying our backyard hammock with a good book.