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A Night of Stars: Unveiling the 2023 IPS Hall of Fame Award Winners

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) celebrated the outstanding staff, schools, community partners, and alumni throughout the district — those making a difference in the lives of students and families — during the Hall of Fame Awards on Nov. 4.

IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson presented the awards.

Awards and the recipients included: 

  • Volunteer in Action: Melissa Williams.
  • Community Partner in Action: Teachers’ Treasures.
  • Outstanding Staff Member: Carla Williams-Thomas, a Family and Community Events liaison at Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105.
  • Teachers of the Year: Robin Houdek from IPS Butler University Laboratory School 55 and Brandon Denning from Center for Inquiry School 84.
  • Principal of the Year: Valerie Clark, Ernie Pyle School 90.
  • Emerging School of the Year: Eleanor Skillen School 34.
  • Excellence in Innovation: Purdue Polytechnic High School.

Individuals receiving the Inspiring Award inducted into the IPS Hall of Fame included: 

  • Kendra Nowell, Arsenal Technical High School (1998), chief executive officer of the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ).
  • Pam Poore, Arlington High School (1983), owner/operator of several Indianapolis-area McDonalds.
  • Donya Eldridge, Arsenal Technical High School (2000), a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State.
  • Corey Parchman, Manual High School (1997), former NFL wide receiver and current business owner and philanthropist.
  • Dr. Shawn Smith, Broad Ripple High School, (1986), superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.
  • Dennis S. Nichols Sr., Arsenal Technical High School (1971), a longtime IPS teacher and administrator.
  • Adrian Russell, Arsenal Technical High School  (2007), an executive with Shiel Sexton in Indianapolis
  • La Keisha Jackson, Arlington High School (1992), an Indianapolis city councilor.
  • Timothy (Tim) Coleman, Broad Ripple High School (1986), an executive with Eli Lilly.
  • Scott Tarter, John Marshall High School, 1980, a partner at the Bose McKinney law firm.

The Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation presented the annual event with its sponsors: Apex, Anthem, Eli Lilly and Company, J.S. Held, MDwise, CORE Construction, Pepper Construction, Powers & Son, Added Advantage, and Western Governors University.

Volunteer in Action

Community Partner in Action

Outstanding Staff Member

Teachers of the Year

Principal of the Year

Emerging School of the Year

Excellence in Innovation

Inspiring Alumni