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Susan M. McCauley, EdS.

Susan McCauley, DSA Principal, is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and is in her 35th year in education. Mrs. McCauley is a graduate of Wichita State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education. Before moving to Georgia, she was a strings specialist for the Wichita Public Schools. Mrs. McCauley earned her Masters and Specialist degrees in Leadership and Administration from Columbus State University, Columbus, GA (1998 and 2001 respectively). In 2001, Mrs. McCauley was recognized as the Outstanding Educational Leadership Student in the Educational Specialist Program at CSU.

Upon moving to Georgia in 1990, Mrs. McCauley taught orchestra in the Clayton County School District. As an orchestra director, she worked with students from grades 6-12. In addition, Mrs. McCauley was the co-director of the Clayton County Honor Orchestra from 1992-1999. Under her direction, the CCHO performed at the Georgia Music Educators’ Association Conference and the Southeastern Music Educators’ National Conference. In 1999, Mrs. McCauley became the Instructional Lead Teacher at Adamson Middle School in Clayton County. She then served as an assistant principal at Adamson during the 2001-2002 school year.

Mrs. McCauley was appointed principal of DeKalb School of the Arts in July 2002. In 2006, 2007, and 2008, she was recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 High Performance Principals by Governor Sonny Perdue. The DeKalb County School District School Counselors' Association honored Mrs. McCauley as Administrator of the Year in 2010. The Georgia Arts Education Association, in Fall 2012, selected her as Supervisor/Administrator of the Year. Mrs. McCauley is also a graduate of the Leadership DeKalb Cohort (Class of 2012) and current member of the 2018 cohort of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA).

During her tenure at DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA), the school has regularly appeared on all top national ranking lists for high schools and magnet programs. DSA is consistently recognized as AP Access and Equity School by the College Board for providing minority students with access to Advanced Placement courses and for the achievement of those students. DSA has been recognized as a Grammy Signature School and Woodruff Arts Center Leader in Arts Education. In 2016, DSA was recognized by the Arts School Network (ASN) as an Exemplary Status School.

Mrs. McCauley has served as a private cello instructor, large group and solo/ensemble adjudicator, orchestra clinician and summer music camp instructor during her education career. Even as an administrator, Mrs. McCauley is actively involved in the arts. She was founding member and cellist in the Southern Crescent Quartet which performed throughout the metro-Atlanta area. Mrs. McCauley was a founding member and former assistant conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra.

Susan McCauley is married to Michael McCauley who teaches English in the DeKalb County School System. The McCauleys enjoy traveling, boating, reading, hiking, and spending time with pets.

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