Instructor & Club Leader
Susan Gleason has a passion for the Lord, life, and teaching German! For the past several years, Susan has taught German online. She has an extensive background in foreign languages, also studying French, Spanish and (presently) Russian.
Traveling internationally since the third grade, her adventures include Europe, Scandinavia, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, South and Central Americas and South Africa. She studied German in college and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986. In 1985, while a college student, Susan led a Bible-smuggling operation into Soviet-controlled Estonia. She was a student radio announcer at WXYC and WUAG and was in a music group whose video clip aired on MTV. Susan lived in Germany from 1986-1991, experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and had some daring adventures outwitting East Berlin border guards.
She did post-graduate studies at Universität Würzburg, Universität Bonn and FAS Germersheim. She worked as an interpreter at the international trade fairs in Cologne as well as a translator and private tutor. Susan won many regional Tae Kwon Do tournaments in Germany and, as a Black Belt, served as an instructor at Sportschule Yoo. In 1993, Susan started the weekly Blue Ridge Backroads program on WBRF 98.1FM Galax VA, a live old-time and bluegrass show that is still broadcast today. She has toured Germany and France several times with her old-time band, the Farmer’s Daughters.
Susan is a multi-instrumentalist, radio voice talent, event announcer, and an avid cyclist, hiker, and trail runner. She loves serving the Lord on mission trips and is a parishioner at St. Innocent of Alaska Eastern Orthodox Church. Susan lives with her family on a small beef cattle farm nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
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"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to call and speak with [student] today. I believe that your phone call made a big impression. This evening he sat down and began working on his German homework...And, best of all, he is so proud of himself when he completes his two sections! He smiles from ear to ear!! I have never had a teacher call to talk to [my son] to encourage him—that is awesome."
" [Our daughter] can't wait to resume her German education and is delighted that it will once again include you! We, her parents, feel blessed that she'll have another opportunity with such a positive and inspiring teacher as yourself. Even though we have never met in person we all feel like we know you, with the comfortable familiarity of a longtime friend. Your class, and your German stories and experiences, have become part of our dinner time conversation and discussions. They have brought us many smiles and much food for thought over the past year."
Thank you, Frau Gleason, for German II and III classes. I had an amazing time! Thank you soooooo much for being such [a] kind, sacrificial teacher who truly desires to see every student succeed.