Susie Fahrer – Executive Director, 4th-8th Division Head


Susie holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in Elementary Education, and a MA in Special Education from Western Carolina University, graduating with honors both times. She has ten years of teaching experience prior to Rainbow, including lead kindergarten teacher and three years as a fifth grade lead teacher. She has also taught as a special education teacher and reading specialist in all the elementary grades.


Susie has administrative experience as the designer and head of the Title I program at North Windy Ridge Elementary School in Buncombe County which serves over 600 students. In addition to monitoring the reading progress and programming there, she provided professional development for the whole staff.

Most of Susie’s teaching experience is here in Asheville. However, she has also taught at the International School of Amsterdam, an International Baccalaureate school. In addition to teaching at Rainbow since 2012, Susie has served as an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University. She prepared young educators to meet the diverse needs of students that they will encounter in the classroom.

Teacher of the Year

Susie was chosen Teacher of the Year in 2009 at North Windy Ridge and nominated for North Carolina Teacher of the Year. As a teacher, Susie creates deep relationships with children and adults; is incredibly patient, but firm; and knows how to reach every child. She demonstrates very creative, engaging curriculum planning and a remarkable understanding of our philosophy at Rainbow. Susie has served as the faculty representative to the board (2013-17) and as the Dean of Faculty since 2016.

Executive Director and 4th-8th Division Head

Susie is now has the role as the Executive Director of Rainbow Community School. She aims to hold central the best possible programming for our students, families and faculty through continued investment, heart, and vision for the larger community. She often claims, “I have found my home professionally in the methodology, governance, and people of RCS.” As an administrator, Susie seeks to empower the students, staff and families to achieve a learning community that they are thrilled to call “home.”

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