With an M.A. in English from UCLA and a B.A. in English from Carleton College, Susan brings special expertise to teaching world literature, poetry, publications and writing to Sierra Canyon. Since 1980, she has taught English and Journalism at Westlake School, Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Crossroads, where she has created, designed and developed numerous courses and programs in journalism, creative writing, memoir writing, gender studies, Dostoevsky, and other electives. She currently is teaching American Literature, Gothic Literature, and a Short Story elective at Sierra Canyon School to 11th and 12th graders, as well as overseeing the literary magazine and advising clubs in human rights and service learning through the Foundation for Arts, Mentoring, Leadership and Innovation (FAMLI).
Susan has a Certification in Journalism Education granted from the Journalism Education Association and has led four school publications to garner numerous national awards, achieving top 5% in scholastic level press associations. Susan is also a leader of multicultural and social justice clubs in community outreach, school service and diversity training. Since 2008, she has served as a literacy expert and mentor, working with FAMLI, Inc., teaching writing and life skills to South Los Angeles middle school Audubon students, at-risk and foster care youth.