Dr. Susana Reyes is a first-generation college graduate. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Reyes began her public school experience as a 1st grader in the Wapato School District. Both of her parents and their children worked in the fields throughout the Yakima Valley. She graduated from Wapato High School and then attended Washington State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and her Master’s degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She also holds the Principal and Superintendent Certifications.
Dr. Susana Reyes is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Pasco School District. Previously, Dr. Reyes served 4 years as Assistant Superintendent for the Mead School District Special Services and 7 years for the Pullman School District, overseeing all of the district’s teaching and learning programs. Before moving to Pullman, Dr. Reyes served as a school principal, assistant principal, and elementary school teacher for the Wapato School District.
Dr. Reyes is passionate about contributing to efforts that support students and their educational experiences. Until June 2019, she served as a citizen member on the Washington Student Achievement Council to which she was appointed by Governor Inslee in 2013. Dr. Reyes has been an adjunct professor for WSU-Pullman and WSU-Spokane teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses. She was also an ESL Instructor for Yakima Valley Community College for several years during her tenure with the Wapato School District.
Dr. Reyes is the Past-President for the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA). She is a member of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and a past board member of the Washington Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. And, more recently, Dr. Reyes has been collaborating with a team of colleagues from around the state to establish the soon-to-be Washington Association of Latino/a Administrators (WALA) which will be a state-affiliate of the national Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).
Dr. Reyes is married to Lupe González, also an immigrant from México and WSU graduate. He is a Civil Engineer on the Hanford site. They enjoy running, going to the movies, traveling, spending time with family, and spoiling their cat, Luna Girl.