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.Heather Young


Skilled in
student-centered instruction, thinking maps and discipline and classroom
management, Young is an educator who has experience as an assistant principal
and 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.


Young, however,
isn’t the only new hire for the 2017-2018 school year. Others include:

 Jona Atkins
  • Jona M.
    . 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.
  •  Tenika
    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 Fenika 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.
  • Mary
    . 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 Mary Siefert 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.