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Educational Background

– Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– June 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In July 2006 as High School Social Studies Teacher

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am excited to be working with a group of educators who are focused on supporting all students to succeed and help prepare them for what comes after high school.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am an avid Disney fan. Our family visits Disney parks often. We collect watch listen and experience as much Disney as we can as a family. I enjoy running and have completed several half marathons and enjoy running regularly. I am also a big Indianapolis Colts fan and try to meet as many of the players as possible.

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Educational Background

– M.S. Ed Counseling and Counselor Education – in progress (IUPUI)
– B.A. Secondary English Education (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– My teaching career began in the 2013-2014 school year; I taught 7th grade ELA at Noblesville East Middle School.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I’m very excited to be part of the Options team because I enjoy building strong relationships with my colleagues and students, and I think Options provides an atmosphere that promotes collaboration and emphasizes the importance of relationships in education and in life.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love learning and doing so through reading, visiting new places, and trying new things! I especially enjoy cooking, spending time in nature, creating, and being with my loved ones.

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When did you join the Options team?

– April 2016

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– April 2016

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I love the solid relationships we build at Options. Our students and staff, along with their families, all become like one big, blended family. It definitely sets us apart from any other school.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am always on the go with my twin daughters. We spend a lot of time hanging out with our friends, especially in the warmer months. The zoo, amusement parks, and drag strip are a few of our favorite places to visit!


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Educational Background

– Masters of Arts in Teaching (University of Louisville)
– Bachelors of Arts in Park and Recreation Management (Indiana University)

When did you join the Options team?

– September 2017

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In August 2000 as a Social Studies Teacher at North Bullitt High School.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– The feeling of family between staff and students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Reading, golfing, spending time with my family.


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Educational Background

– B.A. English and Secondary Education (Hope College)
– May term in India studying World Religions

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2006

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2005 as a high school English teacher at Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy getting to know each student as an individual. The students and staff are able to be themselves, showing their personalities and passions in the classroom as well as outside of it. I have a lot of control over both what I teach and how I teach, which shows how much faith Options has in their teachers.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I spend the majority of my time with my husband and two kids. I read a lot of books, usually several at a time, and visit the library almost every week.

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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?

– B.A. in Political Science (Purdue University)
– Graduate Certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience (Butler University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I began teaching in May of 2015, as a Social Studies Teacher in Indianapolis, IN (Transitions Academy).

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– The Options team has been so welcoming and supportive.  I feel like I am already a part of the family!  I also really enjoy working in an environment where the student comes before the standard!  I am really enjoying getting to know my students and their parents.  I have always hated the one-size-fits-all approach to education.  At Options Indiana, I feel like we really sit down with our students and help create a plan that works for them!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options, I love spending time outdoors and with my family!  I love hiking, backpacking, camping, and just generally being outside.  I am an avid paintball player, and love spending weekends on the field!  Any time other than that, you can probably find me with my son, working on a project in the basement, or reading a book!

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Educational Background

– B.A. Social Studies Educcation (Ball State University)
– Masters Special Education (IUPUI)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– Began teaching at Kokomo High School in 1996 as a self-contained special education teacher.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I’m looking forward to working with our students and staff as a new member of the Options Team.

Educational Background

– B.S. Physics (Purdue University)

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– July 2019 as a math and science tutor in Carmel, Indiana.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am excited to be joining the team because I love talking about science and working to help people be successful.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options, I enjoy video games and movies, reading (currently making my way through the ‘A Game of Thrones’ series), spending time with my friends and family, and playing tennis.

Options Noblesville

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Educational Background?

– Currently studying Master’s program in Educational Leadership (American College of Education)
– M.Ed in School Counseling (Indiana State University)
– B.S. in Social Work (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– I joined the Options team in September 2007.

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– September 1992, as an instructional assistant with primary grades in Indianapolis, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– The Options’ staff works well together and sincerely care about student achievement and success.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

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

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Educational Background

– B.A. English / Minor in Sociology
– Currently Pursuing: English Master’s Certification & M.S. Counseling

When did you join the Options team?

– November 2011

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– November 2011 at Options began my fist teaching job. Before this, I student and substitute taught at IPS and Lawrence.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Relationships, Creativity, and Achievement.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy traveling, spending time with my kids, and playing the occasional video game (generally NBA 2K).

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Educational Background?

– Currently working on B.A. in English for Secondary Education (Grand Canyon University)

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2020.

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In July 2017. I previously served as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Being able to work with other individuals who want to help children grow and achieve their dreams.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Spending time with my family and my dogs. I also enjoy cooking, reading and writing.

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Educational Background

– B.S. Early Childhood Education (Japan)
– M.S. Counseling and Counselor Education (Indiana University, Bloomington)
– Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– As an elementary school teacher in Japan. In June 2000, I started as a counselor with at-risk youth in Muncie, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am excited to be joining the team to work together to help young people grow as a person and support them to become successful. I am grateful to be given an opportunity to work with great people of the team.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending my time with knitting, crocheting, practicing music instrument, and reading. I also enjoy being with my little cute “evil” cat, Charlie.

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Educational Background

– B.S. Mathematics Education (Purdue University)

When did you join the Options team?

– June 2015

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2011

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy working with students who want a different school environment or experience. I also enjoy being a part of a close knit team of educators.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and traveling to new places.

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Educational Background

– B.S. Environmental Studies: Biology (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
– Transition to Teaching Graduate program, (Indiana University – Kokomo)
– (Certified in Chemistry and Life Science)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2014

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In November 2013, as an Instructional Assistant at Sheridan High School. (Previous Career: Laboratory Chemist, EPA contracted laboratories in Massachusetts and California)

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy being part of the Options team because I believe in the Options mission. Since I came to education out of a non-education field I recognize the importance of preparing students for the challenges of post-high school life in pursuing higher education or directly to a career. The Options mission of providing an excellent education for everyone and the “Belong, Believe, Achieve” motto where “No one is different, because everyone is different” fits my world view that everyone has potential to make a positive impact with their life. Working with a team of amazing professionals who live by this mission as well, and leadership fully committed to modeling this paradigm is exactly where I want to be professionally at this stage of my life.

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 (Purdue)
– B.A in Health Education (Purdue)
– Masters in Special Education (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2012

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Favorite thing about Options is the family atmosphere created by the student and staff.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am married with two children, and another on the way. I love all Chicago sports teams, especially the Bears.

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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.

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Educational Background?

– B.S. in Business Administration (University of Missouri-St. Louis)
– Master of Science in Education (Butler University)
– Licensed to teach English (Secondary, Grades 5-12)

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2019

How did you begin working in the field of education?

– My first permanent teaching position was teaching in a public high school.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– It is a constant challenge of discovering strategies that speak to my students, propelling them to connect with who they are as scholars and what that can mean to their community or our society as a whole. The small student/teacher ratio provides more focused attention on relationship-building with the students and faculty.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy hiking/swimming, walking with my dog, home projects and crossword puzzles. I am often buried in a good read.

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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.

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Educational Background

– B.S. Industrial Arts Education & Physical Education (Ball State University)
– M.A. Industrial Technology Education (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I started in 1981 at Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN as an Indiustrial Arts teacher.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Working with At Risk students to help them achieve their goals.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Playing golf, spending time with my family, working in my yard.

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Educational Background

– Ball State University 1998-2002 (B. A. Secondary Education)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– Carmel Clay Middle School, August  2002 – 7th and 8th grade English.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– The Options Team is completely student centered and thus provides a great working environment for teachers to be successful. The teaching staff is  extremely helpful, cordial, and welcoming.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy coaching basketball, grilling/cooking, interior and exterior painting, and spending time with my family outside.

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Educational Background

– B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education (University of Southern Indiana)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– January 2019 as a teachers aid in Montpellier, Indiana

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of options I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog. I also spend a lot of time going to fun places like the zoo, parks, and others making memories with everyone.

Options Indiana (Distance Education)

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Educational Background

– B.S. 5-12 Education (Ball State University
– Masters in Education (Ball State University)
– Certified School Safety Specialist
– Certified Educational Mentor

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2006

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In May 2000 as a Social Studies Teacher at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.

What do you enjoy most 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

– B.A. Secondary Education (Walden University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2002

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I began working in education in August of 1998 at the Madison County Youth Center.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I love the family atmosphere and how we are able to be so flexible to teach our students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love everything about our area. I love the Indianapolis Colts and love watching baseball.

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Educational background:

– Bachelor of General Studies & Communication (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2018

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy the family atmosphere at Options. We have a small group of people doing great things for students and the surrounding communities.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending time with my family and friends playing sports, hiking and traveling.

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Educational Background?

– M.S. Counseling, Secondary School Counseling (Missouri State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2020.

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In August 2016 as a substitute teacher in Lebanon, Missouri while I completed graduate school.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am excited about the opportunity to meet students where they are and help them to succeed and reach their goals.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy playing board games or movie nights. I also love to read.

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Educational Background?

– – M.A. School Counseling (Seton Hall University)
– – B.S. Public Health Administration (Stockton University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020.

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– – August 2014 as a School Counselor in Fort Wayne, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– – I am excited to be part of a team that recognizes and values the individuality of each student.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– – Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love walking outside with our three dogs. On weekends I always find  time for reading or crocheting.

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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.

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Educational Background

– B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education with a Middle School Endorsement (Athens State College)
M.A. in Special Education and Autism Graduate Certificate (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– February 2020

When did you begin working in the field of Education?

– I began my teaching career in 1993 at St. John the Resurrection School in Montgomery, Alabama

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am looking forward to working with students one on one and in small groups and helping them reach their academic goals. I also like the flexibility that Distance Education offers to students and families.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love to run and workout. In the summer, I can be found running trails and stand up paddle boarding at Eagle Creek. I also enjoy riding my bike around downtown Indianapolis and socializing with my neighbors.

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Educational Background?

– B.A. Secondary Education / English minor (Anderson University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2018

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2006 at Southern Wells Jr/Sr High School in Poneto, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy working with a variety of students on an individual basis through the Distance Education program. It’s exciting to help people all over the state.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy reading and taking care of my two young kids.

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Educational Background?

– B.A. General Studies, English and Government Focus (Texas Woman’s University)

When did you join the Options team?

– February 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2007 as a high school English teacher in Cedar Hill, Texas.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy working in the technology driven environment that is student centered, and individualized to meet student needs.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and spending time with my dogs.

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Educational Background?

– B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education (Indiana University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August of 2012 teaching 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies in Indianapolis, IN. I’ve taught in both public and parochial schools over the past seven years.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I greatly appreciate the flexibility Options allows students to achieve their own success.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Spending time with my wife, Sally, and our daughter, Beatrice. Working on my 2019 Subaru WRX. Reading, like, anything I can get my hands on. Working out. Playing video games.

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Educational Background?

– Graduated with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing from University of Indianapolis in 1988.

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I am very excited to be at Options. I really enjoy being involved with improving young people’s lives. When I learned about the CTE position that was available, I got on the website and read the testimonials from young adults who were graduating from Options. Almost every testimonial talked about how important and how liked the teachers were. It was obvious that the Options educational staff are very influential on the graduates live. I would like to be a part of that and is why I am so excited to be with Options.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am married with 3 children.  I enjoy spending time with my family and I really enjoy sports.  I enjoy being around young people as I spent a number of years coaching at different age levels. I also enjoy True Crime books and programs.

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Educational Background?

– B.S. Biology / Minor in Chemistry (St. Mary of-the-Woods College)
– M.A.E. Educational Administration and Leadership (Ball State University)
– Licensure in K-12 Administration and Leadership as well as 5-12 Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In August of 1998 at The Broach School (Private Alternative School) in Jacksonville, FL, teaching Math and Science for grades 7-12.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– While obviously I can’t answer this since I am just joining the team, I am most looking forward to using my years of experience in education to reach the total being of the student. I want to be able to build relationships with students so that they can reach their future goals. I am most excited about being able to be an ‘outside of the box thinker’ to make goals happen for my students due to the flexibility of the DE program.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am a busy mom of 4 kids and thus I most enjoy attending all of their activities. As a family we enjoy camping and hiking. Personally, I enjoy reading thriller books on my kindle while drinking coffee and riding my Harley motorcycle.

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Educational Background?

– B.S. Elementary & Special Education (Ball State University)
– M.A. Special Education (Ball State University)
– Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2018 as an Inclusion Teacher in Muncie, IN.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and camping

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Educational Background?

– B.A. Elementary Education and Special Education (Indiana State University)
– Currently enrolled and working on M.A. Special Education (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– September 2019.

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2012 as an Elementary School Special Education Teacher in Indianapolis, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy working with a great staff who is genuinely looking out for the best interest of their students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

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Educational Background?

– B.A. Elementary & Special Education (Indiana State University)
– Orton Gillingham Certified

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– 2009 as a Special Education teacher in Indianapolis, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I love being able to stay home with my son, Parker. I also love working with all students and parents and the flexibility that Options brings.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am a dance coach, love to spend time with my friends and family, and love to plan events!

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Educational Background

– B.S. Ed. (Indiana University)
– Licensed in Mild Interventions P-12

When did you join the Options team?

– February 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I began my education career working at a charter school in Indianapolis in August of 2006.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Since joining the Options team, I have been impressed with the overall sense of community. Team members are truly supported by administration as well as each other. The positive work culture allows professionals to thrive in their areas of expertise. The low classroom ratios enable teachers to build individual relationships and trust with students which motivates learning. I love being part of an organization that offers students that may have not had success in a traditional school setting a place to Belong, Believe and Achieve.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– In my free time, I enjoy traveling, gardening, outdoor concerts and spending time with my family.

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Educational Background

– Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Ball State University

When did you join the Options team?

– September 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2014 as a behavioral therapist assisting with education.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. I love how Options is organized, which makes completing job tasks much more efficient. I appreciate everyone’s dedication to their jobs and you can tell they truly enjoy working for Options.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options I enjoy working on personal development. I am always looking to grow. Currently I am working on growing a side business in MONAT, an anti-aging haircare and skincare company. Residual income is important to me and I believe everyone should be planning for their futures. I also enjoy being outside hiking, working out, or playing with my dog.

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Educational Background

– My degree is a Bachelor of Arts for elementary education. I earned my degree from Hanover College. I also earned a minor in Mild Intervention.

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– My first teaching position began in September 2019 in North Manchester, Indiana as a resource teacher at Manchester Jr-Sr High School.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy the collaborative and supportive environment Options creates for their teachers and students.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options I enjoy spending time with my dog, reading and playing solitaire/sudoku.

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Educational Background?

– Registered Behavior Technician

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I’ve been working in a classroom setting since June of 2017 as a guide or an Instructional Assistant.

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy being a part of the Options team because it provides me the opportunity to help students succeed with their educational goals and see them learn and grow.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of Options I enjoy reading, golf, spending time with my family and pets, Netflix, sleeping.

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Educational Background

– B.A. Education: Integrated Science (Olivet College)
– Masters: Administration (Butler University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2016

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 2009 in a YMCA Preschool

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Building relationships with students and teachers.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I love to spend as much time with my family as I can. I have a 2 and a 4 year old that take up a lot of my time at home and I love it!

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Educational Background

– B.A. Cellular Molecular Biology (DePauw University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– June 2016 as an English and Performing Arts Teacher in Taipei, Taiwan.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Specifically at HYCA, we are working with students that come from a wide array of paths in life, and yet they all have made a commitment to developing themselves and opening their futures up to success. I think having the ability to work with such dedicated students is extremely fulfilling.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I am a jack-of-all trades when it comes to music! I sing and play guitar, piano, and drums along with many other instruments. I also enjoy traveling and have had the amazing ability to visit 21 states and 17 countries!

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Educational Background

– B.S. Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics (Indiana Institute of Technology)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I started as a substitute teacher in March 2015. In June 2016, I was hired on as the Lead Educator and Case Manager with Growing Minds Educational Services. I began tutoring to help students who needed additional support and provided training for staff. I worked with families and support teams to identify gaps in academic and social skills and help create measurable and attainable goals.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– As a new employee, I have loved how welcoming everyone has been. I am looking forward to working with many skilled teachers and administrators at Options. I am also excited to build a working teacher-student relationship and meet students where they are at, to help guide them to where they need to be.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time outdoors, and playing with our cats. I also am a life-long soccer player. I enjoy coaching my High School soccer team during our Fall session and playing when I have the opportunity.

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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 join the Options team?

– January 2019.

What do you enjoy most about being 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.

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Educational Background

– B.A. Human Resources (Grantham University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2019.

What is your professional background?

– I previously served 14 years in the Army and currently serve in the Indiana Army National Guard.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– What i enjoy the most here at Options is the family atmosphere. There is a sense of family in these walls. You see happiness, sadness, love, anger, and forgiveness here just as you do at home. I look forward to being part of this family.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Outside of here, I enjoy being a father of three amazing children. I enjoy helping teach and encourage them to chase their goals and dreams.

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Educational Background?

– M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Grace College and Theological Seminary)
– B.S. Psychology (Grace College and Theological Seminary)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2020

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy the team-focused atmosphere, the open communication, and the big picture that the whole Options team is chasing after!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy reading, backpacking, and playing with my dog!

Administrative Team

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Educational Background

– Ed.D Educational Leadership (Ball State University)
– Ed.S Educational Leadership & Superintendent License (Ball State University)
– M.A. Educational Leadership & K-12 Administrative License (Ball State University)
– B.S. Education-Social Studies (Indiana University)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2008

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– In August 1993 as a Social Studies Teacher and Basketball & Track Coach at Cowan High School just outside of Muncie, IN.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– There are several things that I enjoy about working at Options Charter Schools. First, I enjoy the board and staff at Options Charter Schools focused on the mission of serving at-risk students and my genuine affection and respect for each person. Second, I really enjoy the blending of a family and professional atmosphere that better serves the needs of adults and students. Third, the ability to identify and support each student as an individual. This better allows the staff to identify challenges the student is facing and develop strategies for success. Fourth, the motto of Options- Belong, Believe, Achieve- resonates with me personally and professionally. The ability to get students and families to reconnect to the school culture that brings a sense of belonging and the ability for the student to redefine themselves in positive ways directly impacts the academic achievement and sense of positive well-being for the student.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I have several family and friend relationships that I value. I typically spend time doing a wide variety of activities and hobbies with this groups of people. The list includes: staying at home, traveling, golfing, motorcycle trips, sporting events, and anything that includes food!

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Educational Background

– Beyond Masters – Building Level Administrative Licensure (IUPUI)
– M.S. Chemistry Education (Purdue University)
– B.S. Chemistry Education (Purdue University)
– Licensed in Building Level Administration K-12

When did you join the Options team?

– August 1, 2006

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I began my career in education in June of 2003.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– What I enjoy about working for Options, with the students, the parents, the team members, and the community partners is very difficult to put in words. The Belong. Believe. Achieve. motto is not just for the students. It’s a part of the culture in every vein of our organization. As a teacher, I felt empowered in ways I had never felt before to be innovative and was supported by my administrators to experiment for the sake of meeting students where they needed to be met and making our schools a better place. As an administrator, now, I strive to offer that same support to our teams. We hire experts in the field and set expectations to ensure they are treated as such. This allows room for innovative thought and creative problem solving. Each of our team members are supportive of each other, offer encouragement when needed, strong support when needed, and a critical eye when needed. I couldn’t ask for a better team, no family, to work with and for.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– When I’m not at Options I’m living the mom life. My husband and I have four energetic children that are involved in many activities that keep us running. We enjoy traveling, camping, and finding fun adventures to explore.

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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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Educational Background

– Bachelor of Science in Education (Indiana University, 1994)

When did you join the Options team?

– February 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I began teaching second grade in Seymour, Indiana in August 1995.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

As a former school teacher and mother of six, I am passionate about helping kids become the best they can be-both inside and outside the classroom. I am so excited to join a community who has made that their mission. I can already tell that the Options family is truly that: a family. I feel so honored to be a part of it.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

Outside of Options, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Chad, and our six children. They keep us busy with all of their various sports and activities! I also enjoy reading, cooking, Bible study, and attending concerts and musicals. When the weather is nice, my family and I love spending time outdoors, riding bikes and walking the trails in our community with our 2 year old Goldendoodle, Remmie. 


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Educational Background

– EdD: Ball State, Educational Leadership
– EdS: Ball State, School Superintendency
– Masters: Governors State University, School Administration
– Bachelors: The Ohio State University, Human Ecology
– Applied Education Neuroscience Certification: Butler University
– Certified by Remo Drums in Healthy Rhythm Drumming Coordination

When did you join the Options team?

– December 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 1993, Chicago, Illinois teaching Family and Consumer Science.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– How welcoming everyone has been since I have arrived.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy CrossFit, running, anything outdoors, reading, drumming, crafts and time with my family.

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Educational Background

– B.A. Special Education (Ball State University)
– Masters in Special Education (Walden University)

When did you join the Options team?

– August 2004

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I started at Indianapolis Public Schools in 1998.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– I enjoy working with teachers and students. I enjoy bouncing ideas off each other to come up with the best approach for the individual child. We have a great team of teachers who well together and always put the student first.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– Spend time with my family, garden and travel whenever time allows.

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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?

– B.A. General Studies

When did you start at Options?

– March 2020

Years of experience in field of education?

– I began working in education when I came to Options.

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

– What i enjoy most is the opportunity to make an impact on how students engage their education.

What do you do outside of Options?

– I enjoy spending time with my family learning, playing, and growing as individuals and a family unit.

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Educational Background

– Associates Degree in Business

When did you join the Options team?

– 2002

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

– M.A. Communication Studies (Marshall University)
– B.S. Sport Management / Business Administration Minor (University of Florida)

When did you join the Options team?

– January 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I have worked with students since 2013, but from 2013 until 2018, it was with college athletes in media relations and PR. I began working in school PR when I came to Options.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

– Hearing the stories of students who utilized their Options experience to reach their goals. It is also amazing to hear every graduating take turns speaking to the audience on Graduation Night.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

– I enjoy watching sports & also playing from time to time. I love to travel and explore new places. Oh, and of course… Go Gators!

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Educational Background

– B.A. Elementary Education (Hanover College)
– M.S. Elementary Education (Indiana University Southeast)

When did you join the Options team?

– July 2019

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– August 1998 as an elementary school/Grade 6 teacher in Madison, Indiana. I spent the next 12 years teaching not only in Madison, but in Augusta, Georgia and in Louisville, Kentucky.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

Since I’ve been working with Options through The Hope Source for the past few years, I already know how welcoming and supportive the staff can be. I’m excited to now be a member of this amazing team of caring and creative people!

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

I enjoy traveling, baking, binge watching Netflix : ), and spending time with friends, family, and especially my 4 (soon to be 5) grandchildren. I also have a side business, “Jaynie Cakes,” that keeps me quite busy when I’m not working at Options.

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Educational Background

– Master of Business Administration, Finance Option (Ball State University)
– B.S. Accounting & Family and Consumer Sciences (Ball State University)

When did you join the Options team?

– March 2020

When did you begin working in the field of education?

– I have worked in finance, public accounting and real estate for the last 25 years. Just prior to coming to Options, I was the controller of another school.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?

Positive culture and a professional atmosphere are key to the success of an organization. These are the attributes that drew me to Options and that I enjoy in my daily work.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?

The most enjoyment in my life comes from building memories with my wife and five children. We enjoy traveling and visiting interesting places to learn about history and culture. We enjoy attending sporting events, concerts, theater, amusement parks, museums, new restaurants, and the countless regional attractions. Particularly, I enjoy one or two date nights per week with my wife, often including dinner and a movie. We love movies.

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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.


Looking to join the Options team? We list all job openings on our Facebook page, as well as on the IDOE Job Bank.

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

Will Mattingly

(Secretary/Treasurer)

Member since 2017
Carmel, IN

Gordon Heminger

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

Brenda Flowers

Member since 2018
Lapel, IN

Thomas Lyons III

Member since 2019
Indianapolis, IN