Susan was born and raised in the Kalamazoo area and graduated from Paw Paw High School and Western Michigan University with a degree in French, English, and secondary education. She taught in both Vicksburg and Portage before getting married. She earned her master's degree from MSU while studying in England and France. Susan and her husband Paul live in the Custer area where they built their house and farm. Paul is the current superintendent of MCE and Susan has recently retired from LHS. They are the proud parents of 4 children, Abe, Campbell, Lucienne, and Afton. Susan enjoys DIY projects, sailing, reading as well as frequent trips back to France.