Susan Oaks graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992 and a Master of Science in secondary guidance in 1994. She completed an Educational Specialist degree in Administration & Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2006.
Her career began as a part time high school counselor and part time vocational counselor at Horace Maynard High School in Fall of 1994. She continued her career as head counselor at Union County High School where she served as high school test coordinator, AP coordinator, and senior class sponsor helping to organize senior brunch, graduation ceremonies, and various college and career fairs. She taught career classes to various grade levels as well as served as adjunct faculty for Walters State Community College (WSCC) teaching a Freshmen Experience class to high school seniors. She also implemented Dual Enrollment courses into the UCHS curriculum through WSCC.
She is a member of Union County Chamber of Commerce Board, P-16 Committee, GEAR UP Advisory Committee, Milan Baptist Church and University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Alumni Band.
Mrs. Oaks is a life-long resident of Union County and a 1988 graduate of Horace Maynard High School. She and her husband currently reside in Maynardville where they are raising their two sons.