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Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight is Lockport’s way of bringing recognition to staff members who stand out to students, and who truly make a difference! Shining a light on these staff members helps take their acts of kindness and pay it forward by sharing with the community. Our first staff spotlight for the year:

Lockport’s Latest Staff Spotlight!

Jettan Matlock

Written by Abigail Worker, Staff Spotlight Editor 


1. What is your job title?

“I am an administrative assistant to Mr. Matthew Bartley, who is an Assistant Principal here at Lockport East High School.”


2. How many years have you worked at Lockport? 

“I’ve worked here for 16 years! I started out in the dean’s office, and then I was promoted to the principal’s office in 2020.”


3. What type of responsibilities do you have as an administrative assistant in the principal’s office?

“A lot of customer service help. I help Mr. Bartley with our annual safety meeting that we do, so I am preparing the packets for that meeting. I reach out to the mayor, the fire chiefs, the police chiefs, and different agencies in the area. I of course do the announcements, I am the morning voice for the porters.”


4. Did you attend college, and if so do you have any degrees?

“Yes I did, I actually just recently graduated from Joliet Junior College May 21st, 2021 with a 4.0 GPA. I have an associate applied science administrative assistant, I have a certificate of achievement also in administrative assistant. I have a certificate of achievement for a legal administrative assistant, and a certificate of completion for a Microsoft office specialist. It took me four years, but I did it!”


5. Did you see yourself working for a school?

“Absolutely, I always wanted to work here at Lockport. It’s funny you ask me that because I used to drive past Lockport all the time, and would say wow I would love to work at that school. It was just something that I always thought about when I went past the school.”


6. What brought you to work at Lockport?

“In 2007 or 2008 they had quite a few openings for secretary positions. My interview for the application I filled out was to work in the guidance department, but they interviewed me to work in the dean’s office. And I was scared crazy, I kept thinking ‘oh my god, the dean’s office!’ but after that it was history. Working in the dean’s office was phenomenal-so crazy in that office, but everyday was a new day. It was wonderful!”


7. Where do you come up with your positive messages?

“Everywhere. I walk the hallways of Lockport, I could be watching a commercial on tv, or a billboard on a sign as I’m driving by. Anywhere really. Another example is that I could be looking at an email a teacher sent me that had a quote at the bottom that I have never used before. My go to for my messages would definitely be Pinterest though.”


8.What is your life outside of work?

“I would say it is pretty boring, but I just purchased my first forever home last year, so I’m still just remodeling that-making it my own. Of course I like to shop, I like sitting on my porch. Mostly just spending time with my family is something I love to do.”


9. How many years have you sung the very popular “Friday Song?” And how did you come up with the “Friday Song?” 

“Ever since I’ve been here. Since 07 or 08, or really just 08. That came about from the previous principal, and he used to do the announcements but I asked him one day like ‘do you mind if I try that’ and he was like ‘sure, as a matter of fact I have a meeting over at the district so you can start tomorrow.’ I was like ‘WHAT,’ I was so nervous-I didn’t think he would say yes. So I did it, and I knew I had to be prepared, so I was looking at my little format. First I’m going to welcome everybody, give the date, do the announcements, but I knew I had to close it with something. So I decided let’s just do a thought of the day, after that I was thinking like this is the weekend…let’s get these kids excited. So I came up with the corny song, ‘It’s Friday,’ and it has stuck ever since. Some people don’t like it, but that is okay. Not everybody is gonna like the same things in life.”