May 19, 2017
When the 2017-2018
IPS school year begins July 31, John Marshall — a former district high school —
will open its doors for the first time as a dedicated middle school. Staff,
students and parents will also meet the new principal.
Heather Young, an
administrator with Peoria Public Schools in Illinois, has been hired to lead IPS’
new middle school on the city’s far east side.
student-centered instruction, thinking maps and discipline and classroom
management, Young is an educator who has experience as an assistant principal
She received her
master’s degree in educational administration from Bradley University in Peoria,
Ill., in 2009. Young has also been recognized for excellence in education. In
2015, she received Peoria Public Schools Principal of the Year award and the
Indiana State Board of Education — Administrator Award of Excellence. In 2014, Young
was honored with the David Helman Principal of the Year Award.
isn’t the only new hire for the 2017-2018 school year. Others include:
- Jona M.
Atkins. Atkins is the new
principal at Clarence Farrington School 61. She began her teaching career as a
reading/English teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Mountain View,
Missouri.Since 2012, she has served as an assistant principal and principal
with Yadkin County Schools. Clarence Farrington is a Pre-K-6 school.
Holden-Flynn is the new principal at George S. Buck School 94. A longtime
educator on the East Coast with public and charters schools, Holden-Flynn has
served as assistant principal and principal. She received her master’s in educational
studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2009, and is scheduled to receive her doctorate
in education administration policy from Howard University in May 2017. George
S. Buck is a K-6 school.
Siefert. Siefert is the
district’s new Director of Transformation. The longtime educator has been a
member of TeamIPS since 2009, serving as assistant principal at William Penn
School 49 and most recently as principal at Meredith Nicholson School 96.
Siefert received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana State
University and her master’s in educational administration and supervision from
Ball State University.