Our Team

 

Carmel Campus

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Educational Background

Ed.S Education Administration and Supervision
M.A. Education Administration and Supervision

Licensed to teach Business Education (6-12), Mathematics (5-9), Language Arts (5-9)
M.A. Executive Development for Public Service
B.A. Business Administration”

Years with Options

One Semester

Years of experience in the field of Education

9 years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love working with our students to develop an academic environment that meets their needs. I love ensuring that our staff has creative and innovative lessons that will engage our students in achieving their academic goals and partnering with parents in providing the best academic outcomes for their children.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy reading books, spending time with my children, and going to the movies every weekend!


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Educational Background

Masters of Arts in Teaching

Years with Options

1 Semester

Years of experience in the field of Education

7 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

Interaction between students and teachers and the building of relationships between the two that you don’t typically find at a large traditional school.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons, reading, playing golf, and trying new restaurants.


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Educational Background

B.A., English

Years with Options

10 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

11 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

Being able to get to know the students as individuals, the opportunity to create a curriculum, and getting to teach a variety of classes

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I am married and have two children, a dog, and two cats. In my free time, I spend time with my family, read, and knit. My most unique experience was the month I spent in India while I was in college.


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Years of experience in the field of Education

1990 graduate of IUPUI-Indianapolis with a degree in Physical Education.
Over 20 years of experience in working with youth 6 of those have been in the gen ed or special education classroom.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the smaller class sizes in order to facilitate more one on one relationships with the students in order for them to reach their potential.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

Watching professional and college football and basketball and track and field.  Going to my children’s sporting events, strength training, reading and writing, coloring and drawing abstract designs.

Years with Options

1.5 years

Years of experience in the field of Education

1.5

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the diversity of students we have at Options. I love getting the chance to help mentor the students and guide them in the right direction. I love getting to help brain storm with the staff on new ways we can help the students succeed.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy street cars, football, baseball, movies, amusement parks and spending time with my family.

Years of experience in the field of Education

I went to the University of Indianapolis and got a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education for grades K-6. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in grades 7-12 Special Education from U Indy, as well.
1 year of student teaching (One semester in a 2nd grade classroom, one semester in Special Education).
3 years of teaching in Indianapolis Public Schools.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love how Options is like a family. Everyone is really close and easy to approach and ask for help. Everyone genuinely cares about each other, and always puts their students first.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy yoga, cheering on the Colts, spending time with friends and family, taking care of my dogs, cooking, watching tv, reading, going to concerts, and relaxing.

Years of experience in the field of Education

Ball State University, for bachelors of science then Ball State University for Master’s degree in Secondary Education.
I have been teaching for last five years.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the small student teacher ratio. This gives me opportunity to build relationships with the students. The learning process can be honed in on a much more personal level. Options also has a very solid selection of technology to incorporate into my practice. You also can’t beat the school hours!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

When I am not at Options I enjoy all things technology. Learning new tech, troubleshooting, and creating. I love spending time with friends and family. When the budget allows, I enjoy travel, good cuisine, and tinkering with my automobiles.

Noblesville Campus


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Educational Background

Bachelor’s Degree with Master’s Degree to be completed May 2017
Licensed in Mathematics teaching
Emergency principal license

Years with Options

11 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

11 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love working with our staff. They are caring, funny, and feel like my extended family. I love the relationships that I have created with students over the years. Being able to follow students progress after graduation is just as rewarding as the day they graduated. I feel more supported and cared for by my co-workers and bosses than any place I have ever been. I am so thankful for that.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I have a wonderful family. My wife, Amy, is a teacher, my daughter, Ava, is 7 years old, and my son, Jack, is 4 years old. They are so much fun and keep my life unpredictable. I am a very active person. I will always think of myself as a runner, but I am currently competing in triathlons.


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Educational Background

Ball State – Masters in Education; US History, World Civilizations and World Geography

Years with Options

11 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

17 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

That we all work towards a common goal to change lives and expose students to ideas.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I absolutely love college football, basketball and the NFL. I am a diehard University of Louisville fan. Go CARDS! I also bleed blue for the COLTS. I am an avid reader of historical non- fiction and biographies. I love spending time with my granddaughters.


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Educational Background

M.S. in Education
B.A. in English
Licensed to teach English/Language Arts and Sociology

Years with Options

5 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

7 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

Relationships, Creativity, and Achievement.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I have two children and a wife. They are my life. I once made it into the Diamond Division in Starcraft. Also, I was once consistently in the top 5 best players of the country in NBA 2K5-7.


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Educational Background

Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education at Purdue University

Years with Options

2 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

5 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

The small class sizes. Being able to develop personal relationships with students and staff. Helping students find success and achieve their goals.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I love to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I enjoy camping, cookouts, pick up sports of any kind, going on hikes, and really almost anything active that could be done outside. I also really value the time I’m able to spend with my family and friends.


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Educational Background

BS Environmental Studies
Licensed to teach Life Science and Chemistry

Years with Options

3 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

4 (2 years teaching, 1 year Instructional Assistant

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the camaraderie and mutual support among the teachers and administrative support for the teachers to provide what we the teachers need to meet the needs of our unique student population. I love that we are encouraged to develop supportive relationships with our students and to provide whatever scaffolding and differentiating necessary to help them succeed. I love teaching science at Options because I am teaching several content areas and am encouraged to use my skills and background to make science relevant and interesting for the students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

Being a wife and mom is what makes me tick. Two of my 3 children are athletes and the 3rd is a musician. So, my favorite hobbies/past-time for the last 20 years has been watching my children work hard and have many successes at their sports and music. My oldest just finished his college athletic career in basketball, is currently getting certified to teach, and is working as a coach at the Indiana Basketball Academy. My youngest started as a varsity basketball player her freshmen year of high school and is consistently on the AB honor roll. My middle played oboe first chair, participated in youth symphony orchestra, plays guitar, is brilliant in his ability to debate philosophy and politics, and is currently majoring in Public Policy at IUPUI. I’m a proud mom of 3 and wife of almost 28 years to my wonderful husband, John.


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Educational Background

 

Years with Options

1 Semester

Years of experience in the field of Education

2 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

 

Years of experience in the field of Education

IWU-Master’s of Education.
Purdue-Bachelor’s Mild Intervention
Working experience of 9.5 years -10 in January.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love that we are part of the “family”. We are all here for similar reasons, so I feel a sense of belonging.  I like that we are a small world of colleagues, students, parents, admins, as we matter in our students’ lives compared to a traditional score where a student is just a number.  I know I can try on new strategies for learning and actually see the results.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy reading in my hammock (more like falling asleep while reading), teaching myself new tunes on my piano, crafting whether it is creating a hooked rug or decorating for a themed event.  I also enjoy gardening as much as it is possible on my apartment balcony.

Years of experience in the field of Education

I graduated from Indiana University with a BA in English and Political Science. I got my teaching certification and journalism concentration from Indiana University at the master’s level.
10 years total.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love building a relationship with my students and coworkers. I also love helping them build skills that help them succeed when they get out of school, like making good choices, building self confidence and developing their talents.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy painting, playing guitar and singing, and taking part in outdoor activities.

Administrative Team


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Educational Background

M.S. Chemistry Education

B.S. Chemistry Education

Licensed in Building Level Administration, Chemistry 6-12, and Physical Science 6-12

Years with Options

11 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

13 years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the close-nit family feel of the entire organization. We get to really know the students and that helps us be better educators. I love how unique and creative our study body is. They inspire me! Options students have helped me grow both as an educator and as a mom by challenging me to release control to the learner more often than I try to take control as the teacher. This idea of students being in charge of their learning had completely shifted my thinking and I can now see how it benefits students in so many powerful ways.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I love to cook and experiment with different foods and recipes. I also love to lift weights and feel strong. I have competed and qualified as a national competitor in power lifting. Most of my time away from Options is spent with my three children and my husband. We love all kinds of sports, camping, and just having fun together as a family.


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Years with Options

10 years in November 2016

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love seeing the students grow and the many positive changes in them from year to year!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I moved a couple of years ago and spend most of my free time making improvements to my house and outside property. I also love cooking for family and friends.


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Educational Background

Associates Degree in Business

Years with Options

11 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

19 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

The way the staff bonds and cares for the kids, I love the amount of help there is out there (if staff needs training, admin will find them what they need), the relationships I have built with parents and staff is something I love!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

My favorite thing to do is to go to Ft. Myers Beach with my family. It is the time in my life that I let go off all of my worries and I just relax with the people hat mean the most to me. One day I hope to move there!


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Educational Background

Masters Degree in Special Education

Years with Options

14 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

20 Years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

The students, staff, and the mission.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I love spending time with my family. I’ve been married for 18 years, and we have two children, Austin (17) and Alli (14).


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Educational Background

Bachelors of Science – Educational Design and Development

Years with Options

15 years

Years of experience in the field of Education

21 years

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

We are one big family. Flexibility with our schedule to accommodate students. Getting our students out of the classroom and into community based learning.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I have umpired college baseball for over 15 years.


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Educational Background

B.S. in Journalism from Ball State.

Years with Options

5 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

6 years, including 1 as a Pre-school teacher.

What are some things you love about being part of the Options’ team?

I love the ‘family’ feel we have as a school and team. Everyone really cares about each other. I love the activities and outings we do with the students. Fall & Spring picnic, Prom, Indians game. I love the relationships we are able to build with the students because of our unique school setting.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy watching Dateline and have a small infatuation with Keith Morrison.

Our Board of Directors

Options Charter Schools is authorized by Ball State University’s office of charter schools. All members of the Options Board also serve as members of the Options in Education Foundation.

 

Board Members

 

Gordy Heminger

Member since 2012
Westfield, IN

Stacy Segal

Member since 2013
Indianapolis, IN

Rick Phillips

Member since 2013
Westfield, IN

Hannah Heuser

Member since 2015
Fishers, IN

Matt Abbot

Member since 2016
Fishers, IN

Jeff Johnson

Member since 2017
Fishers, IN