Susan Katzman is president of the board of directors at the National Career Academy Coalition. She recently retired as divisional director for career and technical education with the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS). During her thirty-six years with SLPS, she was involved in many endeavors including curriculum development, preschool-grade twelve-career education, summer school, community education, and high school teaching. She shepherded the design, construction, and programmatic planning of a new $30 million, four-year, full-day academic/technical school, the acquisition of two federal smaller learning community grants and the development of fourteen district career academies. The preschool-grade twelve-career education classroom curricula are still sold nationally and many of the experiential programs with the business community became national models.
Ms. Katzman served as secretary of the Workforce Investment Board, on the Governor’s School-to-Work Task Force and as secretary of the board for the St. Louis regional School-to-Career organization. She is the author of numerous articles, has keynoted or presented at over sixty-five national conferences and currently enjoys working as a consultant. Ms. Katzman earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.