Honored In 2012
In August, 2012, Austin Bank aptly named Susan Phillips as one of Jacksonville's Influential Indian. Susan has shown a lifetime of dedication to JISD. After attending Jacksonville schools for all 12 years, Susan began a 40 year long teaching career in public schools with 27 of those being here in JISD. In August 2014, her daughter and son-in-law, Brandi and Pete Chilian, surprised Susan with the designation of Influential Educator. Susan currently serves on the board of Director’s of the Jacksonville Education Foundation and continues to volunteer in many capacities in the community. Susan exemplifies not only "Once an Indian, always an Indian" but "Once a teacher, always a teacher."