Both Susan Mendel-Hausman and Stacey Watson bring unique experiences and backgrounds to Drop-In Nation. After meeting in 2003, Hausman and Watson began a collaboration that would lead to creation of the Drop-In Nation Curriculum. The success of this student centered program has been the catalyst for their current project, the Drop-In Nation Education Center of West Buffalo.

Hausman and Watson utilize pedagogical and literary theory blended with references to rich and diverse cultural texts to reach our nation’s most disenfranchised students and the educators that serve them.

Susan Mendel-Hausman (Founder)

Susan is a retired principal who spent many years as a Professor of Education Administration at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education.  As the CEO of SMH Associates, Inc. Hausman assembled a team of the most promising educators of our day to develop and complete staff development training for K-12 and Adult Educators.

Stacey L. Watson (CEO, Co-Founder)

Stacey served as the Executive Director of the South Buffalo Education Center from 2002-2011.  She maintains the highest GED accreditation rate in New York State, was the youngest person ever nominated for the New York State Board of Regents and currently serves on the Governor’s Statewide Organization Team on School Engagement and Drop-Out Prevention and was recently appointed to the New York State Education Department’s Alternative Education Steering Committee.  Watson was named Educator of the Year 2006 and is a Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders 2008 graduate.