Meet Our Leaders

Experience + Devotion

Insight is lead by its two co-founders, Executive Director Susan Haws and Director of Programs Christopher Luna. Together, Susan and Christopher bring academic and vocational education and experience from top tier institutions together with an enduring and unwavering passion for creating high quality, rigorous, nurturing educational environments. This passionate commitment, along with their love of the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina and all that it has to offer, make them an exceptional leadership team.

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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Director of Programs Christopher Luna

As Director of Programs and Lead Teacher, Christopher Luna brings to Insight a lifelong commitment to the science and practice of teaching and learning. In his role as Lead Teacher, Christopher mentors Insight Instructors and helps them to build courses and assessments based on the best research into educational practices. As the Director of Programs, he brings a decade of experience in administrative roles at Hampshire College, Minjiang University, Harvard University, and Duke University to the design and implementation of school-wide curriculum and the development of student standards. As an Instructor and advisor, Christopher guides students to develop autonomy as lifelong learners, drawing on experience teaching at Hampshire, Harvard, Duke, Minjiang University, the United International College, and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Middle School. 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, with training in administration, education, and public leadership from Harvard. He moved to Durham in 2015 to pursue a Doctorate in the history of religion from Duke University, and has settled here with his family.

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