Meet Our Leaders

Experience + Devotion

Insight is lead by Executive Director Susan Haws. Susan’s experience centers around an enduring and unwavering passion for creating high quality, rigorous, and nurturing educational environments. Susan brings a passionate commitment for educational equity, along with a love of the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina and all that it has to offer.

Executive Director Susan Haws

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.

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