Tippecanoe School Corporation Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Susan DeLong will retire June 30, 2019, after 37 years in education. DeLong and her husband, Kenny, plan to spend more time with family, including four grandchildren.
DeLong began her career in education as a first-grade teacher at Dayton Elementary School in 1981. After several years of teaching, DeLong moved into administrative positions with Carroll Consolidated Schools and the Lafayette School Corporation, where she served as principal of Oakland, Linnwood and Glen Acres elementary schools. She joined TSC's administrative team in July 2003 and promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel in July 2006.
DeLong earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Purdue University and a doctorate degree from Indiana State University.
DeLong is a member of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO). The organization honored her with the School Support Professional of the Year Award for District 4 in 2012 and 2015, as well as state honors in 2016.
TSC Superintendent Scott Hanback says DeLong has dedicated her life to education. "Susan has made a tremendous impact on our students, employees and our entire district," says Hanback. "With her knowledge and expertise, TSC has been able to keep pace with growth and recruit highly-skilled, talented teachers and staff members."
In addition, DeLong has been instrumental in implementing INtegrate, a districtwide wellness initiative. DeLong helped create a health-promoting culture that values employee and student wellness in a way that encourages good choices. Hanback says, "INtegrate has helped our school community become more intentional about the way we think, act, and communicate about health and well-being."
"I have always felt like Tippecanoe County is the best place to be an educator because of the support of our families and partnerships with Purdue University, Ivy Tech and local businesses," says DeLong. "I am really going to miss all of the wonderful people who make up this school district. It's a privilege to go to school every day."
The search for a new assistant superintendent for personnel will begin this spring.