Sue (Trost) Johnson


Professional STEM educator with more than twenty years of full-time classroom teaching experience, lifelong learner, logical thinker, community oriented, proven leadership and managerial skills, successful business owner/entrepreneur, fluent in many aspects of advanced technology, innovative yet pragmatic, a long history of focus on breaking race, gender and other “ism” barriers in STEM and everyday life. Deep background in distance learning and practical experience in public safety and crisis management.


Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD

A.A. - General Studies: Emergency Services/Fire Science, 2017

Field of study included firefighting/EMT certification, emergency management, active assailant, fire service supervision, community safety, and tactical emergency critical care. Graduated with highest honors.

Salford University, Salford, England

ABD (all but dissertation) – PhD, Information Systems, 1995-2007

Field of study included technology systems management and information systems management. Researched effectiveness of quality assurance programs in online learning.

University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

18 credits - Doctor of Management Program, 2005-2006

Field of study included organizational leadership, research, and technology management.

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

M.S. - Telecommunications, School of Engineering, 1987-1989

Field of study included data engineering, data network design, and technology management.

Towson State University, Towson, MD

B.S. – Mass Communications with a minor in English Writing, 1982-1986

Graduated with honors. Four year member of the Towson Lady Tiger Division I basketball team starting on a partial and ending with a full athletic scholarship. Selected as Co-Captain senior year. Member of Omnicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.



August 1997 - present

Over twenty years of teaching experience in the classroom setting as an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor of computer programming, simulation, and 3D modeling. Numerous years of experience as a leader in various committees and groups including Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of FCC’s Faculty Association, former Coordinator of Faculty Professional Development, current member of FCC’s Crisis Management Team and serve as Emergency Response Team Leader during campus emergencies. Served as Faculty Association Chair during the yearlong period where almost all FCC policies and procedures were reviewed and rewritten (2014-2015). One of only four faculty members on FCC’s student grievance (both grade and non-grade), student discipline, and student request for reenrollment hearing panels. One of only three faculty members that serve on the FCC hearing panel for employees appealing involuntarily separation from the College. Recipient of numerous awards including exemplary performance.

Selected highlights include being part of the team that wrote and received, in June 2019, a $635,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support the FCC STEM Scholars program. This program will start in the Fall 2020 semester and is for students who demonstrate academic talent and financial need from underrepresented groups. We worked closely with FCPS Young Scholars program administrators during the grant writing process.

Regular presenter for FCC/FCPS “Cyber Day”. This bi-annual half day program brings hundreds of FCPS high school students to the FCC campus for presentations on cyber and technology related careers. On October, 25th, 2019, we had participants from Brunswick, Catoctin, Frederick, Linganore, LYNX, Thomas Johnson, Tuscarora, Urbana, and Walkersville High Schools.

First professor at FCC to incorporate 3D printing projects in the classroom (2014).

Successfully lobbied for a pay raise for entry level adjunct faculty as Chair of FCC’s Faculty Association during a very lean fiscal year (2014).

Part of the first ever FCC delegation to present at an American Association of Colleges & Universities Conference on Diversity in Learning.

Part of FCC delegation (the only non-person of color) that attended the National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education in 2013.

Participant in Educators’ Equity STEM Academy (EE-STEM Academy) with more than a dozen FCPS K-12 STEM teachers run by the National Association of Partners in Equity (NAPE). NAPE is the nation's leading professional alliance for access, equity, and diversity in education, training, and careers. This intensive workshop focused on the impact of micro-messaging on under-represented groups in STEM.

Participant in “Greater Expectations Institute: Campus Leadership for Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Achievement” in Vermont where we worked intensively on the predecessor to the highly acclaimed FCC/FCPS Dual Enrollment program named “Early College Academy”.

Participated in numerous FCC/FCPS Collaboration Council meetings and workshops.

Invited to teach in two other academic departments; Communications and Student Development.  Consistently receive high student ratings.  Served as CIS101 coordinator which involved hiring adjunct faculty, developing a master syllabus, creating tests, assignments and other course content, creating companion Blackboard sites for each section and scheduling over 70 classes annually in a wide variety of formats. Served as Faculty Professional Development Coordinator which entailed developing and delivering professional development events through FCC’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

Member of many other FCC committees over the years including: college senate, accreditation, diversity, scholarship, general education, curriculum, outcomes assessment, promotion, Honors College Advisory Board, information literacy working group and portfolio review. Served as a mentor in FCC’s mentoring program for numerous years as well as mentor to several full-time faculty.

Was an early adopter of progressive technologies in the late 1990’s including working with interactive CD-ROM based texts, Internet supported teaching, online testing and paperless exams. Developed customized course modules for enabling distance learning that include gradually revealing online help in completing assignments.

Recipient of numerous awards including exemplary performance.


March 2007 - PRESENT

Owner/operator of an income producing crop and livestock farm.


March 2008 - PRESENT

Co-operator of a small company that provides grounds improvement, maintenance, excavating, and grave digging services in Maryland and Virginia.


August 1998 – June 1999

Professor of Computer Applications.


February 1995 – August 2001

Client - IT Training Company

Contracted to deliver executive seminars in three Asian countries and Australia for a prestigious training company.  Created and presented material for Lotus Notes and Domino seminars and Electronic Mail seminars. Delivered eight two day seminars to over 150 delegates representing major corporate and government sectors. Used Internet, Intranet and Desktop Videoconferencing technologies throughout seminars. Invited to continue seminar tours.

Client - IT Training Company

Contracted to design, develop, and implement an information system for tracking and managing the training operations of this company. The system, developed using Lotus Notes and Domino, is designed to handle 8,000 delegate registrations for over 1,000 course sessions and all aspects of the training delegate process including leads inquiries, calculating quotes, making room, trainer, and resource reservations, invoicing and tracking profitability.

Client - Construction Company

Contracted to migrate Lotus Notes V3 applications to a V4 environment, and provide application consultancy.

Client – Major Household Electronics Retailer

Contracted to design and develop applications for managing new store openings logistics, online product catalog, employee handbook, and in-store calendaring and tracking application.

Client – National Utility (Gas) Provider

Contracted to provide consultancy to implementing a suite of Lotus Notes applications to improve productivity, collaboration, and information flow within the IT division.

Client - Publisher

Contracted to revise and write new material for "Using Lotus Notes 4.5 and Domino: Special Edition" and "Using Lotus Notes 4.5" by Que Publishing published in January 1997.

Contributing author for Que's "Professional Developers Guide to working with Domino and the Internet", released in April 1997.  Contributing author (eight chapters) for "Windows 95 6-in-1" published in September 1997 with a sales of 100,000 copies.

Client – Multinational Industrial Company

Contracted to provide consultancy for implementing a suite of Lotus Notes applications to improve productivity, collaboration, and information flow within the IT division.

Client – Multinational Pharmaceutical Company

Contracted to redesign and develop a global manufacturing change control application to include workflow, strict data validation, and creation of a complimentary linked regulatory impact assessment application. Designed and developed further drug licensing and marketing intelligence applications. Provided bug fixes and design enhancements for other existing applications.

Client – Major Systems Integrator

Contracted to provide business analysis and consulting for the design and development of a suite of applications for tracking training program information for a government sponsored national vocational training program.

Client – Regional Computer Value Added Reseller

Contracted to upgrade a set of Lotus Notes applications to V4 and enhance for HTML publishing using Lotus InterNotes Web Publisher. Improved data validation and user inferface. Further contracted to merge existing disparate stock control systems into one “web ready” Lotus Notes application.

Client – Software Development Company

Contracted to design and develop prototype client tracking, pre-sales support, and technical information.

Sold interest in company in 2001.


May 1992 – August 1995

Systems engineer for groupware and communications products in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland. Worked closely with value added resellers to provide software solutions and custom application development for local governments, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, airline, and banking industries. Developed and provided training and technical education for value added resellers and their clients. Received numerous awards and stock options (given to less than 5% of employees) for exceptional work performed.

Business Partner Manager for Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Recruited to develop and support Lotus Business Partners.  Responsible for all aspects of account relationship ranging from providing Notes product training, application development support, technical and sales consultancy, to identifying development opportunities.  Performed Notes installations and worked with Partner's customers to ensure successful sales, development and deployment of Notes.  Presented at a variety of events including LotusVision, Business Partner recruitment seminars, various industry trade shows and exhibitions promoting Notes solutions.   In addition to having an in depth knowledge of the architecture, strengths, and weaknesses of Notes; this position also required a thorough understanding of third party services, applications, and development tools available in the Notes marketplace.  Additional duties included designing, developing, implementing and maintaining Notes applications used by the Lotus Channel Sales organization.  The applications range from a mission critical account management and tracking application to productivity improvement applications to prototype applications for customer demonstration.  Participated in beta phase training program to provide feedback and suggestions for the Lotus Accelerated Value Method, a consulting methodology for end-to-end Notes development and deployment.

Received numerous cash and stock option awards for outstanding service.

Systems Engineer for Utilities Sector

Provided technical sales support and built customer relationships in this sector comprising all water, electricity, gas, and power providers within the UK.  Specifically, this included providing Notes consultancy on application development, network design, host data integration, installation and configuration, and migration from or co-existence with existing customer applications.

Systems Engineer for Communications Products

Resolved technical issues and provided consultancy as needed to ensure successful Lotus product sales and implementation.  Performed on-site reviews of LAN and WAN environments and recommended email and workgroup network configurations including use of third party products.  Developed prototype Notes applications for customer demonstration.  Wrote proposals for tender, participated in product launches, marketing events, and conducted theater presentations at major computing exhibitions.  Conducted user training on Lotus Notes and Lotus cc:Mail.  Region of responsibility included Northern England, Scotland, and Ireland.


May 1989 – May 1992

Part of Andersen Consulting’s Global Network Solutions practice based out of Chicago World Headquarters. Developed, as part of a team, large scale network solutions for Fortune 100 companies across the US and Europe. Was on fast track promotion schedule until leaving to join Lotus Development in England.

International Bank, Cheshire, England

Designed LAN configurations for over 1,000 branch locations for co-operative processing based custom marketing applications.  Collected functional and technical requirements from the client and designed LANs ranging up to 50 workstations that integrate with the Bank's existing X.25 based WAN and SNA based host communications backbone.

Investigated requirement for new system to interface with existing PDP-11 controllers and provided recommendations that were presented to and accepted by senior management.  Specific responsibilities included defining user requirements, agreeing software acceptance criteria with the vendor, participating in contract and site licensing negotiations, writing detailed test conditions, preparing cycle scripts to test the software, and building and maintaining a stable test environment.

Systems Integration Center, Evanston, Illinois

Provided telecommunications support and networking expertise at Andersen Consulting's Systems Integration Center, a technology showcase, at which systems integration and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) applications were researched, developed and demonstrated in a 10,000 square foot factory environment where we manufactured avionics ‘black boxes’.  Responsibilities included planning, installing, and troubleshooting the various components of a primarily UNIX based multi-vendor TCP/IP network.

Implemented an AT&T StarLAN fiber optic backbone.  Administered physical network changes involving adding and moving workstations, testing functions after cutover and maintaining network configurations.  Evaluated LAN designs and configurations for Chicago Office client engagements and provided comments and recommendations.  Prepared and presented telecommunications seminars to Systems Integration Center personnel and TCP/IP seminars to Andersen's Telecommunications Group staff on a regular basis.  Also conducted tours of the Center and gave presentations to clients.

Multinational Conglomerate, Chicago, Illinois

Performed feasibility study for the development of shared corporate communications network for over 70 companies of this Fortune 10 conglomerate.  Assisted in developing a data collection model, obtained data through client interviews, and populated the model with data.  Performed functional and technical analysis of current corporate telecommunications environment and prepared client reports and presentations.

Professional Business Certifications

  • Microsoft Office Specialist, Access

  • Certiport, The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³)

  • Microsoft Office User Specialist, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Certified Lotus Professional, Notes Consultant

  • Certified Lotus Engineer, Windows Desktop Products (1-2-3, AmiPro, Freelance Graphics, Approach)

  • Certified Lotus Engineer, Notes (V2 and V3)

  • Certified Lotus Engineer, cc:Mail


Brunswick Railroaders Little League, 2015 – PRESENT

  • 2020 Board Director, League Safety Officer, Minor Division Baseball Team Manager/Coach, Umpire

  • 2019 Minor Division Baseball Team Manager/Coach, Umpire

  • 2018 Minor Division Baseball Team Coach, Umpire

  • 2017 Machine Pitch Baseball Team Coach

  • 2016 Machine Pitch Baseball Team Parent

  • 2015 Tee Ball Parent Volunteer (Coach)

Firefighter/EMT, Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company, 2009 – PRESENT

  • Consistently a top twelve responder (4th in 2015)

  • Received the Frederick County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association Outstanding Unit Award for efforts on a multi-victim car accident with fatalities, 2014

  • Current Chair of Grant Writing Committee

Firefighter/EMT/Swiftwater Rescue Tech., Carroll Manor Fire Company, 2008 - PRESENT

  • Consistently a top twelve responder

  • Past Co-Chair of Grant Writing Committee

Jefferson Ruritan Club, 2007 – PRESENT

  • Lobbied for club to provide half funding for new outdoor electronic billboard at Valley Elementary School and full funding for a bottle filling station at Brunswick HS.

  • Chair of Membership Committee since 2012

  • Corresponding Secretary, 2018

  • Member of Environment Committee

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, 2004 – 2006

  • Volunteer Farm Hand/Horse Caretaker

Mount Airy Girl’s Lacrosse (MAGLAX) Program, 2002 – 2004

  • Clinic Coach



  • Firefighter I

  • Hazardous Materials First Responder at the Operational Level

  • Hazardous Materials First Responder at the Awareness Level

  • Surface Water Technical Rescuer I/II

  • Vehicle and Machinery Technical Rescuer I/II

  • Fire Instructor I


  • Firefighter I

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Emergency Medical Technician Refresher (x2)

  • Rescue Technician - Swiftwater Rescue Technician

  • Rescue Technician - Vehicle and Machinery Extrication

  • Rescue Technician - Site Operations

  • Hazardous Materials Operations

  • Emergency Vehicle Operator

  • Pump Operator

  • Incident Safety Officer

  • Instructor I

  • Firefighters Grant Program Workshop


  • Managing Critical Incidents at Institutions of Higher Education: A Whole Community Approach (in conjunction with Texas A&M National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA))

  • Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship

  • Community Safety Educator

  • Fire Service Supervision

  • Introduction to the Incident Command System,

  • Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

  • An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

  • National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • Active Shooter: What You Can Do

  • Basic Workplace Security Awareness

  • Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats

  • Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness

  • Animals in Disasters: Community Planning

  • Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS-100 for Higher Education

  • Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

  • Emergency Management Preparedness Fundamentals

  • Retail Security Awareness: Understanding the Hidden Hazards


  • Emergency Medical Technician – BLS


  • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Certification


  • Ice Rescue Technician


  • CPR w/AED for Healthcare Providers (exp. 1/2021)


S. Trost, A. Samaha. “A New Methodology for New Systems Technology: How Lotus’ Accelerated Value Method is Addressing Groupware Systems Development”, Information Systems Methodologies 1998, Sixth International Conference on Information Systems Methodologies, Springer-Verlag London Limited, 1999

J. Calabria, R. Kirkland, S. Trost, A. Kornak. Professional Developer's Guide to Domino, Que Corporation, 1997

J. Calabria, L. Ulrich, S. Trost, D. Burke. Microsoft Windows 6-In-1, Que Corporation, 1997

C. Richards, J. Calabria, R. Kirkland, D. Hatter, R. Rumaner, S. Trost, T. Vallely, M. Williams, M. Reynolds. Using Lotus Notes and Domino 4.5, Special Edition, Que Corporation, 1997

C. Richards, J. Calabria, R. Kirkland, D. Hatter, S. Trost. Using Lotus Notes 4.5, Que Corporation, 1997


HB0880 - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Family Member – Definition

  • Presented to Maryland House of Delegates 02/03/2020

  • Hearing (Testimony Link) – House Economic Matters Committee 02/25/2020

  • House Economic Matters Committee – Favorable Report 03/03/2020

  • House – Third Reading Passed with a Vote of 115-23 03/05/2020

  • Hearing – Senate Finance Committee 03/16/2020

  • Senate Finance Committee – Favorable Report 03/17/2020

  • Senate – Third Reading Passed with a Vote of 45-0 03/17/2020

  • House – Returned Passed 03/18/2020

  • Post Passage – Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution – Chapter 355

  • Effective Date – 10/01/2020


  • Day to day caregiver for an adult with special needs.

  • Parent of a FCPS third grader and step grandparent to six children currently attending Frederick County Public Schools (kindergarten, second, and third grades)

  • Maryland Commerical Driver's License - Class 'B'


Sue Johnson

for Frederick County Board of Education

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