Insight Executive Director, Susan Haws, is an experienced researcher-educator with a lifelong interest in promoting and facilitating positive youth development. Susan started her career as a Teach for America Corps Member and middle school teacher in Donna, Texas. She went on to teach English and ESL in New Orleans, LA, and Wake County, NC. After observing first hand the persistent and complex barriers to well-being that her students faced, Susan found her way to the discipline of public health, which offered compelling and innovative ways to study and address these problems. Susan earned a Master of Public Health degree and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research has focused on a variety of topics, including health-promoting schools, teacher professional development, prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors, and youth mentoring. Susan and her family have lived in Durham since 2005. She led a grassroots effort to add a middle school to Central Park School for Children in downtown Durham in 2013 and 2014.
As Director of Programs and Lead Teacher, Christopher Luna brings to Insight a lifelong commitment to the science and practice of teaching and learning. Through student advising and seminar-style teaching, Christopher guides students to develop autonomy as lifelong learners. He adeptly builds on his own interdisciplinary education and passion for the Humanities to construct rich courses that can reach students at a variety of skill and interest levels. Working with individual students and families, he is able to tailor assignments and feedback to help students build skills and achieve their goals. Christopher is a graduate of Hampshire College. He earned a Masters degree in the History of Science and Religion from Harvard, and he is currently a candidate for a PhD in Religion and Modernity at Duke University.