Suzanne, her husband Tim and their standard poodle Jacques moved back to Ashland this past June. Suzanne is currently Interim Superintendent for the Ashland School District as the Board of Directors is seeking a new and permanent superintendent.
After spending time in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, both of them  longed for a small town like the ones in which they grew up --  a town that had a great K-12 educational system, a university component, an emphasis on the arts, and a safe place to raise children.  After visiting Ashland in July 1981 for the Fourth of July Weekend, they returned to California where Tim sold his real estate business, they sold their home, packed up their belongings and moved to Ashland in time for the kids to start school and for Suzanne to start teaching at Lincoln and Walker.  All four of their children graduated from AHS and attribute their success to the fine education they received in Ashland.  
Suzanne taught music at Lincoln and Walker Elementary Schools as well as Ashland Middle School.  Her administrative career began as an Assistant Principal at South Medford High School in 1991.  In 1994 Suzanne and Tim moved to Portland where Suzanne was Principal at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro and later Assistant Superintendent in that District.  She was Superintendent in Longview Washington from 2008-2014 when they retired to their home in Portland.  
Suzanne comments about this move, “My career has always been fulfilling in so many way. Still I never thought of returning until I received a call that the Ashland School District was seeking an interim superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year.  What a joy to be here -- to see former students who are now successful support staff, teachers and administrators, to spend time with children in our classrooms taught by the best teaching staff on the planet -- I could not ask for more.
I will leave this position as Interim Superintendent on June 30, 2017. I will miss you!  My mission this year is to prepare the community and staff for your new and permanent superintendent.  Our Superintendent Consultant search firm encourages you to go  to the website. Let us all participate in this process.”
My best wishes to all of you,
Suzanne Cusick

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