Our Team

The Staff at Options Charter School

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 Education
Licensed in Special Education and Social Studies

Years with Options

5 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

9 Years

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

Building relationships with the students, working with great people, being able to be myself in the classroom

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

Before I became a teacher, I played semi-professional hockey.


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Educational Background

Masters Degree in Secondary Education.
Licensed in Biology and Earth Space Science

Years with Options

3 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

20 Years of teaching experience

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

The family atmosphere of the staff and students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I am a big fan of comic books and Star Wars. I am also a big NFL fan (Go Bears!) and I love my Cubbies.


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Educational Background

Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Teaching

Years with Options

6 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

8 Years

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

I love being able to create positive relationships with students and see them grow into young adults. I love the flexibility of working in the small classrooms and not being forced to teach what or how the staff member is right beside me.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I have been married to my husband for the last 4 years and have two young daughters, Alexis (3) and Braxleigh (1). We enjoy doing things as a family such as camping and boating. I also enjoy playing sports, but my favorites are golf and softball.


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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 a son, 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 with Options

One Semester

Years of experience in the field of Education

One Semester

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.

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

10 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

10 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

10 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

16 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

Master’s Degree in School Counseling, Med.

Years with Options

9 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

16 Years

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

I love getting to know the staff and students more personally, feeling like I a make a tremendous difference, and our graduation ceremony is the best!


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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

4 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

6 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

1 Year

Years of experience in the field of Education

4 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

2 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

3 (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

B.S Secondary Education-Social Studies
Licensed to teach World History, US History, Government

Years with Options

6 Weeks

Years of experience in the field of Education

1 Year

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

The family atmosphere among staff and students. The small class sizes. Working at a school that values teaching the whole student.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I love spending time with my wife, Kelly, our daughter, Margo, and our son, Atticus. When I have some free time, I like reading, playing the guitar, and spending time outdoors.

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

10 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

12 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

10 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

18 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

13 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 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

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?

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

4 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

5 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. I also enjoy volunteering as different PBS characters at outreach events on the weekends. So far I’ve been Clifford the big red dog, Sid the Science Kid, and Cat from ‘Peg and Cat.’

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

Ann Lagges

Member since 2014
Indianapolis, IN

Ed Bielski

Member since 2011
Fishers, IN

Hannah Heuser

Member since 2015
Fishers, IN

Andrew Ault

Member since 2013
Fishers, IN

Matt Abbot

Member since 2016
Fishers, IN

Calvin Daniels

Member since 2016
Fishers, IN