Susan Penrod is starting her second year with the Seaside School District. Last year she served as the Assistant Superintendent, before being appointed Superintendent effective July 1, 2020. Before coming to Seaside, Susan worked as an Elementary Principal and Instructional Curriculum Administrator for Eugene School District. Over the past twenty years, Susan served as a Teacher, School Counselor, Instructional Coach and Administrator in both Oregon and Illinois.
Susan earned her master’s degree and administrative licensure in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University; she received her education licensure from Western Oregon University, with endorsements in English Language Arts and Social Studies, and a B.S. in Psychology from Willamette University. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Susan was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She was awarded Principal of the Year in 2014 for Lane County.
Throughout her career, Susan has been dedicated to instructional improvement. She has successfully lead two low-performing schools in Portland and Eugene through the improvement process. While in Seaside, Susan has lead planning teams for the Student Success Act and Ready Schools, Safe Learners reopening plan.
In addition to her duties as Superintendent, Susan was recently elected to the Seaside Rotary Board of Directors. She is enjoying the opportunity to meet community members through this experience.
Susan is a Native Oregonian and grew up in Salem. She attended K-12 public schools in the Salem-Keizer School District.
Susan and her husband Curt live in Gearhart. They have two children, Mason and Claire, who are starting their careers after college. In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and traveling.