M.A., Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English
M.F.A., University of Southern Maine- Stonecoast
Susan White is an English teacher in the Upper School and has been at Carolina Day School since 2000. Susan has an MA and an MFA; additionally, she takes many writing classes through The Great Smokies Wring Program. She received the Betty Lou Davis Award, Elliston Award and the Don A. Scarborough Award.
Get to know Susan White:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “They crave challenge, and they milk me for all I’m worth.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “The ever-present humor that electrifies and unifies our community.”
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “Anyone can be a leader. He/she just needs to have a purpose, an invested interest, and persuasive communication. People will join in the cause.”
How would you describe your classroom? “A colorful arena for discussion, debate, and performance.”
What books and authors inspire you? “Flannery O’Connor’s writing is humorous, dramatic, and confrontational. I keep a jar of the red dirt from her Andalusia Farm to inspire my writing, teaching, and thinking.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”--Mark Twain
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “The two most established projects from Rhetoric and Composition are The Odyssey project and a persuasive essay on a current, controversial issue.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Hiking with my dogs, writing, running, making jokes, and clogging.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? "I have published many stories, essays, and poems in various journals and anthologies. I have also taught fiction writing at the New England Young Writers Conference. "
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “The teachers are happy to follow our courageous, creative students’ lead.”