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Susanna Shakespeare

Associate Admissions Director

Susanna earned both her undergraduate degree and her Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Colorado College. While at CC, she developed a passion for all things outdoors along with a keen interest in working with students in a variety of capacities. She also became very involved in community service, leading one of the college’s first international service trips to install solar electricity at a monastery in rural India.

While earning her Master’s degree, Susanna taught secondary English and focused on the importance of empowering students to own their education and their process. Her thesis project concentrated on increasing student awareness around their role in their own education and teaching them the value of self-evaluation throughout their school experience. She believes empowering students and helping them discover their strengths, passions, and capabilities will lead to success far beyond the classroom setting.

Susanna has worked in education since 2004 and in the therapeutic field since 2012. She discovered her passion for admissions in 2012, when she began working at a therapeutic boarding school. Informed by her background in education, Susanna approaches admissions with a recognition of each student’s unique needs. She compassionately guides families through what can be an emotional and challenging process. She is passionate about helping students and families make positive changes in their lives, and she believes wholeheartedly in the wilderness experience and the philosophy of Open Sky.

Susanna joined the Open Sky team in 2015, having seen hundreds of wilderness success stories at the therapeutic boarding school. After accomplishing something difficult yet fulfilling, those students were ready to take on the world. Susanna is excited to be part of that process.

In her free time, she loves camping, backpacking, exploring the outdoors with her husband and two daughters, playing golf, and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks.

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About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.