Susan Snell

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Susan Snell (back row, second from left), receives an award during Oklahoma Mentor Day as the outstanding mentor for Jacob’s Ladder of Stroud. Participating in the presentation are (back row, from left) Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren and foundation president Craig Story. Also joining in the presentation are Jacob’s Ladder mentees (front row, from left) Cody Beavers, Bryce Page, Kambree Argrow, Max Thornhill, Cheyenne Messer, Kali Beavers, Kaleb Aylor, Heavyn Jones, Jaxon Finn and Jacob’s Ladder program director Brandi Finn. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Susan Snell

Jacob's Ladder
Stroud Public Schools

Susan Snell, a retired school secretary, has been selected as the outstanding mentor for Jacobs’ Ladder of Stroud, a community-supported after-school program serving children in first- through third-grade in Stroud Public Schools.

“Children are referred to the program by their classroom teachers, who recognize the child’s need for a structured environment to complete school studies and to receive help in basic reading and math skills,” said Kim Wheeler, founder and director of Jacob’s Ladder.

Over the past 16 years, many children have benefited from the volunteers serving Jacob’s Ladder.

“Most of the students in the program have missed something that is easy to correct if recognized early in their education,” Wheeler said. “Reading skills sometimes require significant practice when a child is just beginning to read. We want our students to have an ‘I can do that’ attitude instead of a negative attitude toward reading and math.”

 So far, Susan has mentored over 200 students through Jacob’s Ladder.

“Susan’s love for the children, exemplified by her tireless commitment for teaching, provides a level of understanding unavailable elsewhere,” Wheeler said. “Her fun attitude is infectious and the children adore her.”