A Message from the Principal

  • Sussmas Dear Parents:

    I'm delighted to join the Mark Twain community this year, and I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome your child to Twain School for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Our goal is to provide the best possible educational opportunities for your child. We believe that these opportunities can be best provided when the school, parents, and community work together for this common purpose. Mark Twain School is a place where students learn, grow, and achieve. Our staff is dedicated to our mission: “In collaboration with parents and community we will create a safe and nurturing environment. We will provide students with the opportunity to become lifelong learners of strong character and contributing members of a diverse society.”

    Mark Twain Cougars are recognized weekly for their efforts in making our school a safe and orderly place to learn. Parents are always welcome to join us for our Monday morning celebrations! If there are any questions that come to mind as you review this site, please contact us. All questions are good questions and we certainly encourage you to ask at any time. If we can personally be of help to you or your family in any way during the upcoming school year, please let us know. We always like to meet students and their families. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.

    We believe in the value of living in a diverse society and Mark Twain is a shining example of diversity at its best. With families from all over the world, Twain represents the best the world has to offer. We celebrate our differences and work together to make our school a great place to be. I am proud to say that the Mark Twain Community members speak 36 different languages.

    Please remember that we are the stars that shine.
    Your Partner in Education,

    Howard Sussman

About Principal Sussman

  • Mr. Sussman joined Mark Twain in the 2019 - 2020 school year, after serving as Principal of Stevenson School from 2007 - 2019, when it closed.  He began his career as a social studies teacher at Harrison School District 36 in Wonder Lake. Mr. Sussman moved on to serve as Assistant Principal for three schools – Round Lake's Village and W.J. Murphy Elementary Schools, and Lake Zurich’s Middle School North – and was Principal at  Oak Crest Elementary School in Beach Park before joining District 63. 

    Principal Sussman holds a B.S. in finance from Indiana University, where he also received his teacher certification. He earned his M.Ed. in educational leadership from National-Louis University.

    He is a member of the Illinois Principals Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Literacy Association.