Tanya Susoev

Middle School Head

BA, University of San Diego; MA, University of San Diego; MA, EdD Educational Leadership, Mills College

Tanya Susoev was born and raised in San Francisco. She identifies as a biracial, first-generation Asian/Korean-American, and first-generation college graduate. This identity has guided and grounded her practice in storytelling and celebration of student/colleague identities and reflective practice.

She holds a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of San Diego, where she also earned her teaching credential. She returned to USD, earning her M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies alongside a certificate in negotiations and conflict resolution. She spent her early career using art as the foundation for post-conflict community healing and reconciliation, facilitating art murals in numerous communities in San Diego and abroad.

Tanya’s teaching career began in San Diego, teaching for two years before returning to the Bay Area and continuing in the classroom for an additional eight years. During that time, she also served as a swim coach, club moderator, DEI committee leader, director of service-learning, and union representative. Tanya earned her Administrative Services Credential and M.A. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College, completing her research and dissertation on white identity and supremacy in schools. Prior to joining Live Oak School, she served three years as a high school associate principal.

Tanya and her family live in Oakland. She likes to recharge by spending time connecting with friends and playing flag football.