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Staff Bios
Dean Graziano, J.D.  Vice President of izzit.org

Dean Graziano brings more than 25 years of education experience to izzit.org.

An award-winning educator and former curriculum specialist teacher, grades 6-12 social studies, Graziano served on the Massachusetts MCAS Standard Setting Panel, and was selected by the College Board to be an advanced placement reader for U.S. history. He worked on the historical inquiry model and a national presenter for ABC-Clio, a Social Studies data-base company.

In 2007, Graziano was awarded the United States Department of Educations' American Star of Teaching Award. He also was selected as the 2017 State of New Hampshire's Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator-of-the Year. His pilot program in Rochester, NH was singled out by Governor Sununu as the model for the State of New Hampshire Career Academies.

Graziano received his Juris Doctor degree from Massachusetts School of Law and he is a member of Advanced Career Technical Education.

Susan Gable  Director of Education

Certified to teach in three states, Susan Gable served for 10 years as an elementary school teacher prior to joining izzit. She is also a USA Today best-selling author. She's won a National Readers' Choice Award, and a RIO (Reviewers International Organization)'s Dorothy Parker Award. Gable also teaches writing workshops, along with workshops for educators and parents, including "Literature Activities that Develop Literacy Skills," which was presented to teachers at the New Jersey Association for Education of Young Children Conference. She presented "Be a Sherlock, Not a Sheep," a workshop on discerning fact and fiction in media (social and mass), to the AMLE (Association of Middle Level Educators) and NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) conferences.

TEDxErie selected Gable to present a talk titled "Raising Up Kids Who Can Think for Themselves—and for Us!" which focuses on critical thinking and thoughtful discussion and debate, a key component in all of izzit's teaching units.

Gable is a member of both International Society for Technology in Education and Novelists, Inc. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Douglass College - Rutgers University, Gable was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for education, as well as Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Marley Behrendt  Educational Content Specialist

Marley has a Bachelor of Science in Biology focusing on Genetics and Animal Development from Penn State Behrend. After graduating, she discovered she did not like lab work as much as she thought she would. She now uses her skills developed in the sciences as the primary fact checker at izzit.org.

Marley loves working with both teachers and young people. On the weekends she teaches Sunday school to the elementary grades at her church. She believes in talking to children on their level while also challenging them to expand their minds and ask the important questions that can sometimes be uncomfortable to examine and answer.

She loves learning new words, math, baking, her family, and her irascible pet cat Charlotte.