Susan Saule


Fairfax, VA

Educational background 

George Mason University, 1998

  • Masters in Education

University of Mary Washington, 1994

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, English

Why should students in the Appalachian region consider going to college?

With access to information, no one needs to attend college to learn. But, college is a unique space and time to engage with people and ideas, which goes beyond skill building and information gathering. College allows one to listen, speak, question, wrestle, conclude, and observe repeatedly. 

What is one piece of advice you would offer a middle or high school student?

Take risks. If you’re offered an opportunity to travel, attend a camp outside your county or state, play a new sport or take music lessons, do it. When you face barriers to experience opportunities, seek out people who can help with resources. There are many in your community who want to help by providing rides, uniforms, scholarships. One of the biggest risks can be asking for help. One of the best rewards to risk taking is receiving that requested help and experiencing support and encouragement from others. 

Title: Young Eisner Scholars Coordinator
Department: GEAR UP

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6378