for High Ability Students, Center for Inquiry School 27, Christian Park School
82 and Eleanor Skillen School 34 will all welcome new principals when classes
resume on August 1.
Troy Nolan-Watkins, the new principal of Sidener Academy for
High Ability Students, said he’s ready for the exciting charge.
“I believe that
an effective administrator has to simultaneously respect and reject the status
quo,” said Nolan-Watkins, “which requires creativity to turn ideas into action,
communication to all stakeholders, critical thinking for meaningful
connections, character to persevere and collaboration to initiate new goals
for improved student performance.”
spent more than two decades as an educator in the Hoosier state at Greenwood County
Schools. He took his classroom and administrative experience to Vermont, where
he served as an elementary principal. Now, he’s bringing his talent back home. Nolan-Watkins
is a graduate of Ball State and Butler Universities.
Brandi Herbert, an experienced International
Baccalaureate (IB) educator, is the new principal of Center for Inquiry (CFI)
to IPS from Zionsville, where she served as assistant principal of Zionsville
West Middle School. Prior to her time as an educator in Indiana, Herbert built
a wealth of IB experience as a language arts teacher, IB coordinator and school
administrator in Georgia.
A graduate of
Purdue University and the American College of Education, Herbert has experience
in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a crucial set of tools
to foster positive climate in our schools. She has also presented at the
Association for Middle Level Education regarding her work and leadership in
Andre Gillespie, principal of Christian Park School 82.
Gillespie has a
long history of leadership that he’s bringing with him to his new job at IPS.
Since 2001, he has held roles as an athletic director, assistant principal and
interim principal at schools throughout Kansas City, Kan. His most recent
leadership role was as assistant principal for the Alhambra Elementary School
District in Phoenix, Ariz.
English as a Second Language (ESL) educator, his wealth of advanced training
will serve him well in the IPS district.
Gillespie is a
graduate of Concordia University, with bachelor’s degrees in physical education
and athletic training, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he
received his master’s degree in Administrative Leadership.
principal of Eleanor Skillen School 34.
Ludlum comes to IPS from Washington, Ill., where she has
served as principal of Beverly Manor School since July 2011.
The experienced educator began her career as a special
education teacher in the Granite School District in Utah in 2000. Throughout her career, she has worked as a classroom
teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and principal at every level —
from elementary to middle and high school. She is well-versed in working in
districts with students of diverse backgrounds.
Ludlum is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and