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A Word With… Dr. Susan Lang


  • Dr. Lang visited the second graders in Mrs. Shie’s classroom at Hilltop Primary School. Dr. Lang visited the second graders in Mrs. Shie’s classroom at Hilltop Primary School.
  • Dr. Lang visited the second graders in Mrs. Shie’s classroom at Hilltop Primary School. Dr. Lang visited the second graders in Mrs. Shie’s classroom at Hilltop Primary School.
  • Dr. Susan Lang was recognized as Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year 2017. Dr. Susan Lang was recognized as Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year 2017.
New to Wyoming Living is our A Word With column featuring those who work in our community. In an effort to learn more about those spending 40-60 hours a week in our little burb, we wanted to find a way to scratch beneath the surface of a work-related interview. Dr. Lang was asked a handful of different questions about her youth, her favorite things, and her hobbies. Here are her thoughtful answers:

Name: Dr. Susan Lang

Title: Superintendent of Wyoming City Schools

Years in the Position: Six years

Job Description: Administrative leader of Wyoming Schools and Ohio’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year

What was your favorite subject when you were in school?
“Speech class! My love of presentation is rooted in the way you can use your life experiences, your data, props, what you’ve read, and more to emphasize your point with others.”

What is the best book you have read this year?
“Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner. I always like to read about leadership in many fields and how that can apply in education. Organizations, companies, and institutions need to continue to change and grow and it’s so useful to see how others meet this challenge. Other favorite books of mine are Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins.”

What is your go-to-book to read?
“One book I keep close by in my office is What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. The story and historical vignettes are fantastic! I can open the book to any page and immediately be inspired. Also, I reflect time after time on The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Understanding yourself and others is important as a leader. Reflecting on one’s purpose is the key.”

What is the best play or musical you have ever seen live?
“I get to see so many wonderful productions put on by our students at Wyoming Middle School and Wyoming High School. One of my recent favorites was the middle school’s production of Willy Wonka, Jr.! I really love musicals and plays that leave you with a sense of joy. I can’t wait to see Mamma Mia! downtown again this month.”

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
“My high school speech teacher and my high school journalism teacher because they challenged me to move out of my comfort zone and be the best that I could be. Retired Xavier University Professor Dr. Jim Booth is a current favorite teacher of mine. He coached and mentored me through my doctoral work at Miami and has been instrumental in guiding me through my career. I’ve been so fortunate to have had so many wonderful teachers and mentors and I’m always trying to serve as a mentor and tutor to others.” Ohio’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year
The Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) has named Wyoming City School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Lang 2017 Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

“I’ve known Dr. Lang for more than 30 years and she has always been an innovator and is always looking for ways to improve education for all,” said BASA Executive Director Dr. Kirk Hamilton. “She’s extremely proud of what is being accomplished in Wyoming. It is an example of a school district with strong community support being further enhanced by exceptional leadership.”

According to Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Lang was selected by an esteemed panel of former Ohio Superintendent of the Year awardees. The panel evaluated each nominee based on the candidate’s leadership for learning, communication, professionalism, and community involvement, in addition to the candidate’s body of work and experience.

“Dr. Lang continues to be a highly valued leader for Wyoming City Schools and we are proud that her successful results and wisdom are appreciated throughout Ohio,” said Wyoming City Schools Board of Education President Todd Levy. “She is a true advocate for the students of Wyoming and for public education across the state.”

“I am honored and humbled to represent the many fine superintendents across our state,” said Dr. Lang. “I believe this award celebrates the work that our students, staff, community, and board of education do every day to make Wyoming City Schools excellent.”

In addition to being named the 2017 Ohio Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Lang received the Betsey M. Cowles Women in Leadership Award for Educational Leadership in 2014. She is also a previous recipient of the Governor’s Pathfinder Award for Educational Leadership. Prior to joining Wyoming, Dr. Lang was the Superintendent at Rossford Exempted School District and Canal Winchester Schools.

Wyoming City School District is regularly recognized at the state and national level for academic excellence, including rankings in US News and World Report and The Washington Post and was recognized in the Cincinnati Enquirer as one of the “Best Places to Work” for the last two years.

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