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Lockwood joins MCS as instructional leader, next MJHS principal

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to welcome Stephanie Lockwood to the district as Director of Secondary Instruction for the 2019-20 school year, and then moving into the role of Principal of McCulloch Junior High School for the 2020-21 school year.

Lockwood has nearly 15 years of experience in educational leadership in Grant County, and several years of teaching experience before that. She will have the opportunity to work closely with current MJHS Principal Lynn Gosser over the coming school year to enable a smooth transition, and will also help support our ongoing efforts at the district level to continually improve opportunities for all students. Her hiring was approved at the Marion School Board’s regular meeting on July 9.  


“We are pleased to welcome a person and educator of such high quality and experience in Stephanie Lockwood,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Stephanie brings to our Marion Community Schools family passion, enthusiasm, and instructional leadership skills.”

Lockwood has most recently been Principal at Northview Elementary in Gas City. Prior to that she served as Assistant Principal and then Principal at Mississinewa High School. Her teaching experience included time at Mississinewa High School and at Marion Community Schools, where she taught from 2000 to 2002.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be given the opportunity to serve the staff, students, and families at Marion Community Schools,” Lockwood said. “I really appreciate the value put on academic excellence at Marion Community Schools, and the intentional focus on providing opportunities and support for all students.”

She said she also looks forward to helping to continue the alignment of curriculum and opportunities from the high school, down into the junior high, and even into the intermediate grade levels, giving Marion students the best opportunities we can provide.

“When you work with curriculum, that allows you to get down to the nuts and bolts and mold it around what is going to help your kids be successful,” she said.

Lindsay said Lockwood’s experience and skill will bring added strength to the Marion staff.

“She has excellent and diverse experiences and strong community connections,” he said, “and she will fill an important need that we have now and well into the future. We’re grateful that Stephanie Lockwood has chosen to join our team and our mission.”