I am a passionate bilingual and international educator and an advocate for culturally and linguistically responsive education for all students.  I am happy to do this work in my home city of Indianapolis and in the context of the International Baccalaureate program, of which I am an alumna.

I am a proud graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, where I studied Spanish and Theatre & Drama and earned a certificate in Latin American Studies.  I completed my junior year of college at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, and I have taught as a volunteer in Xela and San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Guatemala, and Cofradía, Honduras.  I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University in 2017.

I taught Spanish at Emmerich Manual High School on the south side of Indianapolis for three years before joining Shortridge staff in 2018. I have taken students to León, Spain, for the past three summers through the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages.  I have taught Spanish pedagogy for the University of Indianapolis and been an active alumna of Teach Plus.  I was honored to be recognized with the Lisa M. Sablosky Award for Excellence in Teaching in the spring of 2019, and I currently serve on the Alumni Board of Teach For America Indianapolis.

In my spare time, I love to run, read, travel, and engage in political and civic advocacy.  I am an avid theatregoer, and I am learning to cook.

Email: tekolstes@myips.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Theatre & Drama, Indiana University
Master of Arts in Teaching, Certification for P-12 Spanish, Marian University