Katie Jenner

Katie Jenner

Indiana Secretary of Education

Indiana Department of Education

Indianapolis, IN USA

Everyone’s path looks different and that’s not only okay, that’s a really good thing.


By Roadtrip Nation

Katie Jenner


My road in life has been direct.
In high school, I participated in a work-based learning experience, through which I learned that I was interested in both education and policy work.
I had initially planned to go to college and then continue on to law school but while in college, I realized that the education field called to me more.
After graduating with a degree in business administration and management, I went on to earn a master’s degree in education and a doctor of education in educational leadership and administration.
I started as a school administrator for Madison Consolidated Schools and worked my way up to assistant superintendent.
I then worked as the vice president of K-12 initiatives and statewide partnerships for Ivy Tech Community College.
I spent a year and a half serving as senior education advisor to Governor Eric J. Holcomb before moving into my current position as secretary of education for the state of Indiana.
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Indiana Secretary of Education

I am responsible for implementing and shaping Indiana state’s vision of K-12 education.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

While no day is typical, I spend most of my time meeting with educators, community members, and other stakeholders to collaborate on solutions for addressing the greatest challenges for our students. I also routinely present on the state’s work to stakeholder groups, as well as frequently travel across Indiana to see firsthand the creativity, innovation, and bold thinking happening in our schools.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Do everything you can to explore different career opportunities. Meet people who can teach you something new about a career you didn't know about. Get comfortable asking adults about their jobs. Find out what they like and don't like about it. If you come out of a conversation about a certain career and you find that you're still interested in it, keep digging, lean in, and explore it more.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Educational Leadership and Administration


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Is this the right path? Am I doing enough? Should I look at something else?"