We are delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Feibelman, EdD, as the new head of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Our extensive search for a new head of semester school yielded several qualified candidates, but none that matched Susan’s experience, leadership, and accomplishments in both public and independent schools.
Susan joined the faculty last year, teaching U.S. History to Semester 57 and Semester 58, and we are delighted that she is returning with her signature wit, wisdom, and poise to lead Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki forward.
Throughout her career, Susan has pursued professional growth and development, including 17 years of progressive leadership roles in the Dallas Public Schools, and 15 years as Upper School Head at Packer Collegiate Institute.
Susan also completed four years as Upper School Director at Greensboro Day School, and has been part of a collaborative team based in North Carolina working to grow the number of women in leadership positions at independent schools.
We are gratified to welcome a leader who has embraced both sides of the parent-teacher relationship. Susan’s two children, Eva and Zeke, attended Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki (Semester 23, and Semester 31). The positive impact of that program on her children inspired Susan to serve on the Maine Coast Semester Advisory Committee for over a decade.
Susan will officially begin her new duties this summer, and we look forward to working with her in the years ahead.
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Susan Feibelman at a Glance:
Teacher of U.S. history
Married to George Turner, a retired teacher
Two children: Eva and Zeke
One grandchild: Isaac
Two distinguished dogs: Wallace & Stella
- 2012-2016 – Upper School Director, Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, North Carolina
- 1996-2011 – Upper School Head, Packer Collegiate Institute, New York, New York
- 1979-1996 – Roles included; Director of Gifted Education; Principal & Instructional Specialist, Dallas Public School System, Dallas, Texas
- University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and organization
- Stanford University, Master of Arts degree in social studies education
- Lewis and Clark College, Bachelor of Science degree in history
- 2003 – National Association of Independent Schools/E. E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
- 2001 – New York University, post-graduate coursework in International Trauma Studies
- 1989 – Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Institute in American History
- Feibelman, S., and Haakmat, M. (2012). Independent School Leadership: A gendered experience. The Inclusive School: A Selection of Writing on Diversity Issues in Independent Schools. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Independent Schools.
- Feibelman, S. (2010). Changing Curricula. Why Change? What Works? The NAIS Guide to Change Management. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Independent Schools.
- June 2012-2016, Women’s Leadership Conference, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
- February 2015, “Rethinking the Balance of Power,” National Association of Independent Schools