Meet Susan (Klinker) Lockwood. Susan is a 1980 graduate of Central Catholic. She attended Ball State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1984 and a Master of Music degree in 1988. She taught vocal music and general music in the public schools of central Indiana for 17 years.
In 2000, she completed the coursework necessary to get her license to teach special education and started teaching at the Indiana Boys School located in Plainfield, Indiana. She continued graduate school and completed her Doctorate in Education Leadership in 2008 from Oakland City University in southern Indiana.
For the past eleven years, Susan has been the Director of Juvenile Education for the Indiana Department of Correction, where she supervises the schools that are located in the four juvenile correctional facilities across the state. She also has additional responsibilities providing oversight to education programs in Indiana’s adult correctional facilities as well.
Susan was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush to be the chair of the Education Outcomes Taskforce, which reports to the Governor’s Commission on the Improvement of the Status of Children in Indiana www.in.gov/children. In this role, she works with many state agencies to improve education outcomes for children and youth.
Recently, Susan was awarded the National Workforce Development Leadership Award from the Board of Directors of JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) in Washington, DC. With the award, Susan was recognized for her passion, determination and drive to ensure that all Indiana youth are equipped with the tools and resources to be successful in high school and beyond.
“As a member of the State Workforce Innovation Council Youth Committee, she has long been an advocate for JAG-Indiana as a proven means to ensure all Indiana youth graduate from high school and successfully transition into the workforce, postsecondary education or training. She understands the value of the program for those youth selected to participate and finds the resources and the connections to ensure success. JAG-Indiana and Jobs for America’s Graduates are grateful for Dr. Lockwood’s unselfish investment of time and advice on their behalf.”
Susan has three adult daughters, Kathryn Pesyna (husband Ken) of Austin, TX, Tricia Doyle (husband Christian) of Princeton, IN, and Rebekah Lockwood, of Indianapolis. She also has two grandchildren, Kenneth Mark and Elizabeth Ruth Pesyna. She lives in Plainfield, Indiana.
How did your education from LCSS prepare you for college and your career?
CC provided me with opportunities to explore my interests and pursue my talents. The educators at CC were fantastic role models, and I count myself extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school.
What did you like most about your experience at LCSS?
As I look back, I know that my Catholic education was important in keeping me grounded as an adult. At CC, we learned that service to others was important. I remember our annual pancake breakfasts to raise money for specific projects that we funded in Appalachia, and I remember Monday night bingo games with the seniors at the Tippecanoe County Home.
What is your favorite memory from your years at LCSS?
My favorite memories of CC include my four years as an accompanist for the choirs, the spring musicals, and being a member of the Lance yearbook staff. I also loved meeting my friends for bonfires at Mraz’s farm.