Our Team

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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

– 3 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 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

– 2 years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 8 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

– 12 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 13 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.

Educational Background

– Graduated from Ball State
– Licensed in Math, Health and Physical Education.

Years with Options?

– 2 years

Years of experience in field of education?

– 6 years

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

– I appreciate how well I can get to know the student’s because of the smaller class sizes. That helps me differentiate to their different learning styles and provide more one-on-one instruction time. I know the other teachers feel similarly, so it’s great to be part of a like-minded team and seek the best interest’s of our students. I really enjoy working here!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I spend most of my free-time enjoying my family. I have a beautiful and amazing wife and two little boys that have really made my life richer. Some of our favorite things to do are visiting friends/family, go boating and enjoy the outdoors. Individually, I really enjoy extreme sports, basketball, golf and music.


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Educational Background

– 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.

Years at Options

– 2

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 6

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

– 3 years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 4

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.

Educational Background

– University of Indianapolis (Elementary Education major & Special Education minor for grades K-6).
– University of Indianapolis (Degree in grades 7-12 Special Education)

Years with Options

– 2 years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 5

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.

Educational Background

– Ball State University (Bachelor’s in Science)
– Ball State University (Master’s in Secondary Education)

Years with Options

– 2

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 5

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.

Educational Background?

– Undergraduate from Ball State University in Social Work
-Graduate Degree – Master’s Degree in Education, MEd, School Counseling

Years with Options?

– This is my 12th year with the Options family.

Years of experience in field of education?

– I have 21 years of experience in the field of education.

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

– The Options staff really work well together and care very much about student success.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Music is my coffee! However, I also volunteer in various ministries at my church including: a youth mentoring program, choir, and other youth programming.

Educational background?

– Ball State University (Class of 2015)

Years with Options

– 3

Years of experience in Education?

– 3

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

– Small class sizes so you can build relationships with all students. Great staff that builds great relationships with each other

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Soccer, fantasy football, spending time with my fiance, spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, going out to eat, going to the gym and reffing soccer games.

Noblesville Campus

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Educational Background

– Bachelors: Education (Olivet College)
– Masters: School Administration (Butler)

Years at Options

– 3 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 that no two days are ever the same at Options.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Spending time with my wife (Sara) and my two boys (Ethan & Jackson).

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Educational background?

Ball State University Class of ’15

Years with Options

3 years with Options

Years of experience in Education?

3 years of education

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

Small class sizes so you can build relationships with all students. Great staff that builds great relationships with each other

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

Soccer, fantasy football, spending time with my girlfriend, spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, going out to eat

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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

– 7 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 8 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

– 4 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 7 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

– B.S. Environmental Studies
– Licensed to teach Life Science and Chemistry

Years with Options

– 5 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 5 (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.A in Physical Education and Health Education – Purdue 2006
– Masters in Special Education – Ball State 2011

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2012

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 13 Years

What excites you about being a part of the Options team?

– I love how we are like a big family here and try to extend that feeling out towards our students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I spend most of my time outside of Options with my wife, younger sister, and son.

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Educational Background

– University of Southern Indiana; Evansville, Indiana (2003-2010)
– B.S. History (2010)
– B.S. Social Sciences Secondary Education (2010)- History, Government, Sociology

When did you join the Options team?

– Fall 2017

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 6 Years

What excites you about being a part of the Options team?

– The close community among students and teachers, as well as the humor and reflection that often comes with the day-to-day. Options is a school where change and progress among all involved can often be seen if not daily, always weekly.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Reading, Gardening, Politics/Political Lobbying, Church/Meeting (Religious Society of Friends/Quaker), Electronics and Computer Gaming, Travelling and discovering new places (favorite places: Colorado, Great Lakes Region, and South Korea), Boating in SW Indiana, Hiking/Camping.

Educational Background?

– B.S. in Chemistry

Years with Options?

– 2

Years of experience in field of education?

– I have substitute taught and worked as an IA for 14 years

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

– I love working at Options because of the connections I’ve made with many of the students. Also I enjoy the staff because they are supportive and work well together to help students succeed.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

-I enjoy traveling, hiking and spending time with my family.

Educational Background?

– Bachelor Psychology Ball State
-MBA Anderson University

Years with Options?

– 1

Years of experience in field of education?

– 1 (20 years business industry experience)

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

– Love the diversity of the students

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Love traveling to different islands in the Caribbean

Educational Background?

– Undergraduate from Clarks Summit University, BS in Youth Ministry/ Psychology and Family Studies
– Graduate Degree – Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling, Butler University Maters Degree, Licensed Mental Health Counseling, Butler University

When did you start at Options?

– February 2019.

Years of experience in field of education?

– I have now worked in Education for 6 years.

What excites you about being a part of the Options’ Team?

– As I enter into my new role working with Options Charter School I look forward to serving within a culture that builds rapport with their students which then leads to positive outcomes for the student’s future. After meeting the team in early January I was reminded of how this school, ” builds the first story of a building; prior to working on the second story.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love spending time with my wife & four children, cooking with Grill/Smoker, watching college football/basketball, and I feel most alive when I am hiking and reaching the top of a peak.

When did you start at Options?

– February 2019.

Years of experience in field of education?

– I have worked with at risk youth for over 15 years.

What excites you about being a part of the Options’ Team?

– What attracted me to become a team member at Options is that I have worked with at risk youth for over 15 years. I believe understanding and caring is the first step to success.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I fill my free time with family and my dog, Mick.

Distance Education

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Educational Background

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

Years with Options

– 14 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 35 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 die hard 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

– Bachelors of Science – Educational Design and Development

Years with Options

– 17 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.

Educational background:

– Graduate of Ball State University
– Bachelor of General Studies
– Double Minor: Speech and Public Relations

Years with Options

– 1

Years of experience in the field of education:

– 3

What are some things you love about being a part of the Options’ Team

– I enjoy working at Options because of the people. We are able to help students achieve their educational goals regardless of the circumstance.

enjoy outside of work?

– I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love being active and attending sporting events.

Educational Background

– B.S. Mathematics Teaching (Indiana University Purdue University – Fort Wayne, 2008)
– Licensed to teach grade 5-12 mathematics

When did you join the Options team?

– I joined Options originally in August 2010 through June 2017 as the mathematics specialist from 2010 through 2016 and then 2016 through 2017 as the counselor. I returned in August 2018 as distance education mathematics specialist.

Years of experience in the field of education

– 10

What excites you about being a part of the Options team?

– I love working at Options because we have the freedom to teach students at their level and reach them individually. Now working in the Distance Education I love giving the students the ability of working from home on their own schedules that works best for them.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I have three children: Alexis (6), Braxleigh (4), and Paxtyn (2). I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 7 years. My life outside of Options is filled with family time, going to watch my girls play sports and other activities. I love to watch Purdue basketball and football and the Indianapolis Colts.

Educational Background?

– I earned a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from Anderson University.

Years with Options?

– 2nd, but I worked with Options through Indiana Charters in the past.

Years of experience in field of education?

– 12

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

– I love how dedicated everyone is to helping individual students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending time with my family: my husband and two toddlers.

Educational Background?

– I went to IU Bloomington for undergrad. I then joined Teach For America andcompleted my Master’s in Teaching at Marian University. Since then I’ve gotten a Master’s in Special Education, in both Applied Behavior Analysis and Mild Interventions. I also took coursework in Gifted & Talented Education.

Years with Options?

– 1

Years of experience in field of education?

– I’ve been teaching for 6 years.

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

– I love getting to know the students and the collaboration between staff to best serve students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs. We love exploring both near and far. Our latest adventure was to Greece this past summer! I also enjoy spending time with friends & family.

Administrative Team

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Educational Background

– M.A. Educational Leadership
– B.S. Education and Social Studies
– Ed.S. Educational Leadership
– Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Years with Options

– 11 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 24 Years

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

– When I was first introduced to Options, I instantly fell in love with working with students who have experienced challenges when attempting to complete high school. I believe our model of education is a very successful one that is easy to get behind and support. I enjoy being involved in the journey that involves a student arriving with challenges, overcoming those challenges and reaching graduation in the end. It is an extremely rewarding process to be a part of.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I like to spend my time playing golf and riding motorcycles. I also enjoy spending time with my wife either at home or at our lake house.

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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

– 14 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 14 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 four children and my husband. We love all kinds of sports, camping, and just having fun together as a family.

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Educational Background

– Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with Minor in Mathematics
– Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathematics)
– Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision
– Licensed in Mathematics teaching
– Licensed Principal

Years with Options

– 14 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 14 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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Years with Options

– 13 years

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?

– B.A English (Ball State University 1981)
– M.S. School Administration and Supervision (Indiana University 1984)

When did you start at Options?

– I started working with Barbara Maschino in 2001 to co-found the Options Charter Schools. I served as co-director from 2002-2008 and CEO/DIrector from 2008-2012.

Years of experience in field of education?

– 37 Years.

What excites you about being a part of the Options’ Team?

– Options is an innovative piece of the public education system in our state.

What do you do outside of Options?

– I work as a consultant helping new charter school operators.

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Educational Background

– Associates Degree in Business

Years with Options

– 13 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 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

– 16 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 21 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

– B.S. in Journalism from Ball State.

Years with Options

– 7 Years

Years of experience in the field of Education

– 8 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.

Educational Background

– B.A. from Purdue University
– Certified in CPR, CPI (crisis prevention intervention), Stop the Bleed (trauma care), safeTalk (suicide prevention)

When did you start at Options?

– January 2019.

What excites you about being a part of the Options’ Team?

– I love interacting with the kids. They are the job. They can be challenging some days but most days they are fun to interact with.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love lifting weights, riding my motorcycle and taking my wife out on dates, hanging out with family and friends.

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

Stacy Segal

(Board Chair)

Member since 2013
Indianapolis, IN

Gordy Heminger

Member since 2012
Westfield, IN

Lawrence Phillips

Member since 2013
Westfield, IN

Hannah Heuser

Member since 2018
Westfield, IN

Matt Abbott

Member since 2016
Fishers, IN

John Kerr

Member since 2017
Fishers, IN

Valerie Love

Member since 2017
Carmel, IN

Will Mattingly

Member since 2017
Carmel, IN

Brenda Flowers

Member since 2018
Lapel, IN

Thomas Lyons III

Member since 2019
Indianapolis, IN