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Indiana Principal Leadership Institute selects principals for fifth cohort

July 5, 2017

The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute at Indiana State University's Bayh College of Education has selected 59 principals to participate in the fifth cohort that begins later this month.

Cohort No. 5 will be mentored by 11 trained mentors. These mentors are experienced Indiana school leaders, and they will play a key role in guiding smaller regional focus-cohorts in their areas of the state.

The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is a two-year experience designed to address the professional needs of Indiana public school principals with an emphasis on student success. The institute will increase a principal's capacity to address the current needs of her/his school, such as effective instruction, student performance, community involvement and shaping a strong school culture.

"Principals play a significant role in enhancing student achievement," said Linda Marrs-Morford, executive director of the institute. "Based on the initial results from our first four years, we are already making an impact as our principals lay the groundwork to completely implement policies and procedures that will put their schools on a path to not just better performance, but a place where the whole child can learn and grow."

In addition to the targeted work with each cohort, IPLI is committed to serving as a resource for all Indiana principals, their schools and their school communities. This includes sharing research, providing access to leadership assessments and offering tools to develop action research plans. IPLI's website,, serves as the clearinghouse for this information.

The fifth cohort includes:

Cinda Ahlrich of Milan Elementary in Milan

Jamie Alexander of Greenbriar Elementary School in Indianapolis

Adrienne Bach of Jonathan Jennings Elementary School in Charlestown

Leigh Barnes of John Simatovich Elementary School in Valparaiso

Tiffany Barrett of Vienna-Finley Elementary School in Scottsburg

Rob Beckett of Seeger Junior Senior High School in West Lebanon

Brent Bokhart of Crawfordsville Middle School in Crawfordsville

Brian Byrum of North Vermillion Elementary in Cayuga

Matt Deeds of Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw

Brett Findley of CSA Lincoln Elementary in Columbus

Kari Ford of Rockport-Ohio Elementary School in Rockport

Michael Gabauer of Wea Ridge Elementary School in Lafayette

Christopher Gerbers of Hamilton Community High School in Hamilton

Angela Girgis of Lincoln Elementary in Bedford

Heather Green of Rome City Elementary in Rome City

Davin Harpe of Sugar Grove Elementary School in Greenwood

Ryan Hill of Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship in Elkhart

Tracy Horrell of Western Middle School in Russiaville

Chad Houser of New Haven Middle School in New Haven

Zach Huber of Pine Elementary School in Michigan City

Scott Johnson of Center Grove Middle School in North Greenwood

Tiffany Johnson of Paragon Elementary School in Paragon

Dustin Jorgensen of Forest Park Elementary in Brazil

Sandra Joseph of Corydon Intermediate School in Corydon

Chris Kane of Silver Creek Elementary in Sellersburg

Shane Killinger of Brown County High School in Franklin

Amanda Landrum of Bon Air Middle School in Kokomo

Robin LeClaire of Eastridge Elementary in Indianapolis

Adam Long of Tri-Central Middle High School in Sharpsville

Aimee Lunsford of Flint Springs Elementary in Huntington

Randy Maurer of Eastern Elementary School in Greentown

Jan McGalliard of Redkey Elementary in Redkey

Kyle Mealy of Wes-Del Middle/High School in Gaston

Melody Meyer of South Elementary School in Martinsville

Sandy Myers of Silver Creek Primary in Sellersburg

Jessica Neill of Western Wayne Elementary School in Cambridge City

Jered Pennington of Amy Beverland Elementary in Indianapolis

Kirsten Phillips of Charles Elementary School in Richmond

Timothy Pletcher of Oregon-Davis Junior Senior High School in Hamlet

Karrianne Polk-Meek of Starr Elementary School in Richmond

Chad Reedy of Creston Middle School in Indianapolis

Diamond Robinson of Southwick Elementary School in Fort Wayne

Amy Sander of Greenwood Northeast Elementary in Greenwood

Joan Seager of Lake Village Elementary in Lake Village

Chad Sickbert of Southridge High School in Huntingburg

Debbie Steffy of Fillmore Elementary School in Fillmore

Tom Stoner of Kouts Middle High School in Kouts

Carey Storm of Raymond Park Intermediate Academy in Indianapolis

Chrystal Street of Brownstown Elementary School in Brownstown

Emily Tracy of Park Elementary School in Fairmount

Dawn Tucker of Cloverdale Middle School in Cloverdale

Rachel Vallance of Northridge Middle School in Middlebury

Candida Van Buskirk of Michigan City High School in Michigan City

Matt Vandermark of Franklin Township Middle School West in Indianapolis

Beth Waterman of Roachdale Elementary in Roachdale

Donna Wiktorowski of Prairie View Elementary in Goshen

Benjamin Williams of Mt. Vernon Middle School in Fortville

Robert Wilson of George Rogers Clark Middle/High School in Whiting

Melissa York of Monrovia Elementary in Monrovia

To learn more about the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute, go to


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