Principal & Teachers

Principal Dr. Susan Fries

Principal FriesDr. Susan Fries has been in education for many years, 27 as an administrator.  She has worked with parents, students, the community, and staff in a variety of capacities.  She has worked in traditional and public charter schools, turning them around when they were failing.  Dr. Fries has worked for Charter Schools USA, Geist Montessori Academy, and the Indianapolis Public Schools.  She is instrumental in increasing enrollment and putting schools into excellent academic and financial condition. 

Dr. Fries is also a Clinical Supervisor for Education, monitoring and evaluating students’ teachers in their final semester.  She works alongside the student teacher and classroom teacher, supporting both to ensure the student teacher becomes the best teacher possible for the children. 

Professionally, Dr. Fries obtained her bachelor’s from the University of Cincinnati, master’s in education from University of Indianapolis, Leadership and Administration License from Indiana University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Philosophy from Purdue University. 

Dr. Fries believes that every scholar can learn and will do whatever it takes to help them be successful. 

 

Meet the Teacher 2020-2021

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Teaching Staff

Corrie Barnett | CTE Instructor

Corrie Barnett

Corrie Barnett/ CTE Instructor/ ISIN, since 2010, Elementary Education K-6 and CTE Health Science Licensure, I have taught 5th and 6th with Hoosier Academy both all virtual and Hybrid for the past 10 years. This year I'm so excited to advance my career with a CTE Health Science Licensure to help inspire our High School Students towards a Career in the Health Care Industry. I love music and travel with my family in a singing gospel trio encouraging families in different communities every weekend.


Aaron Baugh | CTE Instructor

Aaron Baugh

Aaron Baugh, Teacher, CTE – ISIN, since 2019, BS History - Purdue University, 5 Years teaching experience at middle school and high school level in Technical Education and Social Studies, I'm a veteran of the US Air Force and served from 2002-2006.


Heather Baumann | High School English Teacher

Heather Baumann

Heather Baumann, High School English Teacher/Hoosier Academy, since 2019, Secondary English Language Arts with a minor in Literature I have been on this wonderful journey helping students to achieve success in the classroom for 6 years now. I won a trip to Maui through a radio station where I learned why you will never find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (Rainbows are full circles and you can only see that from the air!)


Greg Blatz | High School Math Teacher 

Greg Blatz

Greg Blatz, MS Math Teacher, Hoosier Academy Indianapolis, since 2013, B.S. Mathematics/Teacher’s Certificate 6-12. Overall this is my 14th year of working with middle and high school students as a math teacher with an additional 2 years working in a special needs preschool and 3 years as a director of religious education and youth ministry for K-12. That is 19 wonderful years of following my dream of helping students to have a successful life. I am the youngest of 13. I have 6 brothers and 6 sisters.


Vickie Brandenburg | High School Math Teacher

Vickie Brandenburg

Vickie Brandenburg, ISIN HS Math Teacher, since 2016, BS Mathematics Education. Prior to Hoosier, I taught middle school mathematics. I have been teaching since the 2011-2012 school year. I enjoy kayaking!


Matthew Dillon | High School Social Studies Teacher 

matthew dillonI am a veteran Social Studies teacher, but new to the Insight School. I graduated with a B.S. from Ball State University in History that included an internship at Conner Prairie Living History Museum. I also have a M.A. in Secondary Education from Ball State. I am a certified scuba diver, an avid music fan, I enjoy traveling to experience all types of outdoor activities, and I love spending time with my family. I have a passion for history that I want to share with my student’s everyday. 


Brittany Eckhardt | Special Education Teacher

Brittany Eckhardt

Brittany Eckhardt, Special Education Teacher, ISIN HS, since 2017. I hold a Bachelor's in Exceptional Needs K-12 and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.I taught 3 years at Delta Middle School and 6 years at Oak Hill Junior High and High School as a Special Education Teacher. I love watching cooking shows and cooking. My favorite things to cook and eat are Thai and Indian curries.


Carla Gehlhausen | CTE instructor

carla gehlhausenCarla Gehlhausen, Computer Education teacher, CTE – ISIN since 2019, BS in Accounting from Brescia University and a MA in Education from Oakland City University.  I taught in a brick and mortar schools for 7 years before joining Insight before that I worked as an accountant for 30 years. I am married to a wonderful man and we have 4 awesome kids, 2 grandkids, 4 German shepherds, a yorkie, an African grey parrot and 3 Paso Finos.  My favorite thing to do is go horseback riding and spend time with my family and my critters.


Angela Gick | High School Math Teacher

Angela Gick

Angela Gick, HS math and science teacher, since 2016, BS in Mathematic Teaching with Physics minor, MA in Education, MA in Mathematics. I love to quilt.


Marcy Groulik | Middle School Social Studies

Marcy GroulikMarcy Groulik, Middle School Social Studies Teacher; Insight School of Indiana, since 2014, Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Secondary Education with minors in Multicultural Education and Computer Sciences. I started teaching middle school students in 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoy reading, searching for shells on the beach, and trying new recipes.


Steve Hurst | Biology teacher

Steve Hurst

Steve Hurst, Insight High School Biology teacher, since 2012, Master’s degree in Secondary Education, 36 years in public schools as a high school biology teacher, football coach, assistant principal and athletic director. I think Indiana is an awesome state to live in because of the people you meet.


Jade Jones | Middle School Science

Jade Jones

Jade Jones, High School Science, since 2015. I hold a Chemistry Teaching License (Indiana); BS in Chemistry; MS in Chemistry; MA in Secondary Education. Before joining Hoosier Academy in February 2015, I taught in a brick-and-mortar setting for two years. Now in my 7th year of teaching, I've taught Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry and Physics (ICP), Physics, Biology, and Middle School Science. In my free-time, I enjoy baking/cooking, going to the park with my dog, shopping, and going to [solidcore].


Tim Kasper |  Middle School Mathematics

Tim Kasper photoI graduated from Ball State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Mathematics Education. This will be my 19th year in education. I've been a classroom teacher for 12 years and a Director of eLearning for two years. For four years I was a teacher and an assistant administrator at a private school. I am a proud Hoosier and a big Colts fan! I've been married for 20 years and have 3 kids and 2 dogs. I am happy to be at Insight School of Indiana!


Lindsay Kellow | High School English Teacher

Lindsay Kellow

Lindsay Kellow, High School English Teacher, since 2019, Bachelor of Arts in English Education. I have two different colored eyes - one blue eye and one green eye


Mallory Kindig | Middle School Language Arts

Mallory Kindig

Mallory Kindig, MS English Teacher @ Hoosier Indy, since 2012, English Education. I did my student teaching at Hoosier and was hired on the next year! My husband and I had our first child Lincoln this past year in December 2019. He's the light of our lives!!


Susan Kuckie | High School Business Teacher 

susan kuckieSusan Kuckie/ CTE Instructor/ ISIN, since Fall 2020, Family and Consumer Science Education, Business and CTE, I have taught
7th through 12th grade throughout my 20 year teaching career. My mission is to educate, inspire and motivate young minds to build positive relationships, pursue their passions, and embrace happiness as a direction not a destination. My family and I love to travel, camp, and spend time in nature exploring. A few personal hobbies of mine include: reading, sewing/quilting, crafting and cooking.


Nikki Lynch | Special Education

Nikki Lynch

Nikki Lynch Insight Special Education Certificate of Completion, since 2014, K-6 General education license, K-12 special education license, Developmental Preschool teacher 2008-2014. I like to exercise and garden.


Verdan Mizdalo | High School Math Teacher

mizaloVedran Mizdalo, Insight math teacher since February 2020. I hold a BS and MS in mathematics. I absolutely love doing and teaching math. I have been teaching in traditional high schools and worked as an test engineer, but I very much enjoy teaching here at Insight. I also teach math courses at IUPUI as a part time instructor. I have a beautiful family that I love so much. They give me all the strength to keep going during the hardships. We love Indiana and its lakes. Any chance we get we go and spend time in the nature hiking, camping or boating.


Michelle Myers  |  High School English Teacher 

Myers photoMichelle Myers is new to Insight, but in her third year of teaching. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Secondary English/Language Arts, license additions in English as a new language and as a reading specialist, and a minor in education policy. She lives in Greenfield, IN with her dog and cat.


Brian Nash | High School Social Studies Teacher

Brian Nash

Brian Nash, High School Social Studies Teacher, Hoosier & Insight since 2011, Social Studies Education Undergraduate. I was in a TV commercial as a kid.


Jon Osborn | High School Science Teacher 

jonosburnMr. Osborn teaches math and science in Insight School of Indiana.  He as a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master degree in physics from the University of Arkansas.  He has been teaching high school and middle school for eight years now.  He has been a adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech community college since 2007.  Before he was a teacher, he was a computer engineer, so you can ask him about unix commands.  He is a strong Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) advocate.  His life long teaching goal is that one of his students will go to Rose-Hulman to help build the future.


Susan Pylant | Special Education Teacher

Susan Pylant

Susan Pylant Special Education Teacher ISIN, since 2014, Bachelors in El. Ed, Jr High/ MS Endorsement, Minor Math, Masters in Secondary Ed, Special Education Minor K-12. I have taught Elementary, Middle School Math, High School Algebra, and MS/HS Special Education. I was a Financial Advisor for several years.


John Schellenberg | Business/CTE Teacher

John Schellenberg

John Schellenberg; Business/CTE Teacher, Insight School since 2017, B.S. in Business Administration & Teaching License, 17th year teaching overall; 3rd with Insight. I worked in sales, marketing and management in the "business world" before becoming a teacher, My wife and I have been to four Coldplay concerts and three Earth Wind & Fire concerts; my two favorite bands!


Brian Shepherd | High School Social Studies Teacher 

shepherd photoMr. Shepherd is a science teacher from Indianapolis, IN. He obtained his B.S. in Geology, with a minor in Chemistry, from Indiana State University. Additionally he has obtained a M.S. in Athletic Administration from Ohio University, and has been a successful track & field coach in the past.

Mr. Shepherd is married with 3 daughters, and enjoys various sports as well as the outdoors. When his career comes to a close, he will be moving to rural Washington to enjoy the beaches and mountains on the west coast.


Shannon Skoglund | ELA Interventionist

Shannon Skoglund

Shannon Skoglund, ELA Interventionist / Insight Middle School and High School, since 2017, B.A. in English Secondary Education / M.A. in Literature and Language English Prior experience as a teacher at Sanderson High School, English Instructor at Methodist University.


Connie Smith | CTE Coordinator/Teacher

Connie Smith

Connie Smith, CTE Coordinator/Teacher, Insight School of Indiana, since 2018, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, B.S. Business Management, 15 years teaching experience, primarily at Indiana Charter Schools, 20 years’ experience as marketing manager in variety of industries. I taught IB business for three years in a Caribbean island, Curacao.


Kathleen Tatone | Special Education Teacher

Kathleen Tatone

Kathleen Tatone, Special Education Teacher, Insight School of Indiana, since 2014, Masters Special Education. I've been a technical recruiter, massage therapist and a teacher. I've been teaching for the past 14 years, this is my seventh school year with Hoosier/ISIN. My previous experiences have helped me a lot with our student population. I feel it brings a different perspective to the table.


Berry Wells | Health & P.E Teacher

Berry Wells

Berry Wells, Health & P.E Teacher Insight School, since 2014, BS in Elementary Ed, MS Library & Information Science/Certified as Media Specialist, Driver Education, P.E, Health & A.C.E Personal Trainer. Before coming to Hoosier, I taught all levels of elementary school as a general education teacher and a reading specialist/interventionist around central Indiana. I love obstacle courses, hiking, axe/knife throwing and pretty much anything that is outdoorsy and challenging. I have a life goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Machu Picchu Trail one day.


Annie Wickersham | Special Education Teacher & Department Lead

Annie Wickersham

Annie Wickersham, Insight High School Special Education Teacher & Department Lead, since 2012, Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education, Mild Interventions Before coming to Hoosier Academies, I taught 6 years at Options Charter School in Noblesville, IN. I love to incorporate music in my classes and often speak in song lyrics.


Elizabeth Williams | High School English Instructor

Elizabeth Williams

Hello! I'm Elizabeth Williams, a high school English Language Arts teacher. My background is in special education but I have been teaching English for K12 for five years. It is my passion to help our students discover their dreams and turn those dreams into obtainable goals. I strive to really get to know my scholars and make learning applicable to each of their individual needs.