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Educational Leadership (iLEAD) Principal Preparation Program

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Educational Leadership (iLEAD) Faculty

UIndy’s iLEAD faculty have made their mark on the education system, bringing decades of experience as current and former teachers, principals and school administrators. Having served diverse student populations, they are experts at identifying many gaps that exist in school systems today, from student achievement to curriculum and instruction. In our program, they’ll teach you not only how to recognize new challenges, but how to approach the actions that lead to reform.

Chad Blacklock

Faculty Adjunct
School of Education
Chief Financial Officer, Franklin Township Community School Corporation

blacklockc@uindy.edu

Shane Hacker

Faculty Adjunct
School of Education
Principal, Brownsburg East Middle School 

Esch Hall 244
317-788-3285
shacker@brownsburg.k12.in.us

Dr. Terrence Harewood, assistant professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Terrence Harewood

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
School of Education

Esch Hall 244K
317-788-2104
tharewood@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
multicultural education, social foundations of education, multicultural school transformation, teachers' and school leaders' intercultural competency development

Background
Currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education and social foundations where his primary role is in the preparation of interculturally competent preservice teachers and school leaders. Was named the University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year in 2011. Conducts research in the area of intercultural competency development of preservice and inservice teachers and also regularly serves as a site team member to audit various Mayor of Indianapolis Charter Schools. Serves as a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and was recently certified to be a national IDI qualifying seminar facilitator.

Research Interests
educators' development of intercultural competence; correlation between teachers' intercultural competence and the rate by which they refer students of color for discipline

Education
PhD, Educational Leadership/Multicultural School Transformation, Miami University 
MA, Mass Communication/Intercultural Communication, Murray State University
BA, Journalism, Murray State University

Fun facts
I am a former track standout and have represented my native Barbados at several international track meets, including the Pan American Games, World Senior Championships (Japan) and World Junior Championships (Bulgaria), where I led my 4x400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish. I also facilitate student intellectual and cultural development by leading several travel courses, including a civil rights tour through the southern United States and several international trips to Barbados and Cuba.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Students, students, students. I am impassioned by my work in being a vessel of transformation.

Kevin McDowell, faculty adjunct, School of Education

Kevin McDowell

Faculty Adjunct
School of Education
Indiana Attorney General

317-232-6325
mcdowellk@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
school law; administrative law; disability law; governmental and regulatory law; contract law; complaint investigations; effective writing

Background
Served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974. Former high school teacher (English, mathematics and journalism) as well as a former cross-country and track coach (both at secondary and collegiate levels). Has been a practicing attorney since 1981, both in the private arena and public service (former General Counsel to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and currently as Deputy Attorney General in the Advisory Section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General). Has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Army Commendation Medal; the Douglas F. Bates’ Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of State Education Attorneys; the “Friend of Psychology Award” from the Indiana Association of School Psychologists; the IN*Source Award for Contributions to the Education of Students with Disabilities; among other awards. Has also been named a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Research Interests
school law, effective writing, complaint investigation processes, administrative law

Education
JD, Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis
MS, Education, College of Education (with endorsement for teaching students with emotional disturbances), Butler University
BS, Journalism, College of Business Administration, Butler University

Fun facts
I play a number of woodwind instruments, including descant, alto and tenor recorders, flute, and piccolo (although our dog doesn’t seem to like the piccolo).

Favorite thing about UIndy
Despite its steady growth, UIndy has managed to maintain the intimate atmosphere of a small town college.

Dr. Jim Snapp, superintendent in residence, School of Education

Dr. Jim Snapp

Superintendent in Residence
School of Education

317-803-5022
jsnapp@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
leadership, teacher evaluation, professional development, curriculum and instruction

Background
Serves as Superintendent of Brownsburg Community School Corporation. Selected by United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley as one of 120 principals in the United States to attend the Principals Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Wrote National Middle School Association publication, Implementing Curriculum Integration in Standards-Based Middle Schools.

Research Interests
Leadership, student learning, educational change

Education
EdD, Educational Leadership, Ball State University
EdS. Ball State University
MA, Educational Administration and Supervision, Ball State University
BS, Teacher Education Curriculum; Endorsements in U.S. History; World History and Government; Ball State University

Fun facts
I enjoy all the student activities (concerts, academic and athletic competitions, service activities, etc.) associated with my position.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students who go through the program come to know each other and those who teach them quite well.

John Somers, Director of Graduate Programs, School of Education

Dr. John Somers

Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Director of Graduate Programs
School of Education

Esch Hall, 244L
317-788-4918
jsomers@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
applied behavior analysis, emotional and behavior disorders, curriculum related to special education, school leadership, change theory

Background
Over 25 years as a special education teacher, principal and director of child psychiatric services. Recognized by Indiana Council for Exceptional Children as Special Education Professor of the Year in 2012.

Research Interests
social skills instruction, educational simulations and games, teacher quality

Education
EdD, Curriculum & Instruction and School Administration, Indiana University
BS/MS, Elementary Education and Special Education, Indiana University

Fun fact
I live in a log cabin with two wood stoves as the primary source of heat, no city water and no land-based internet or cable television!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The focus on teaching and student development.

Dr. John Taylor, faculty adjunct, Teacher Education

Dr. John Taylor

Faculty Adjunct, Teacher Education
School of Education
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, MSD Wayne Township

317-788-3285
taylorjs@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
leadership, instruction and crisis management

Background
Has 19 years of building level experience as a principal and another 5 years in administration. Was previously the principal of two middle schools and one ninth grade center. Has helped implement a variety of programming including career academies, comprehensive student intervention programming and best practice instruction.

Education
Ed.S, Educational Leadership, Indiana State University
MS, Educational Leadership, Butler University
BS, Political Science, Saint Joseph's College

Favorite thing about UIndy
UIndy is great because of the students and faculty.

Crystal Thorpe, faculty adjunct, Teacher Education

Crystal Thorpe

Faculty Adjunct, Teacher Education
School of Education
Principal at Fishers Junior High

317-788-3285
cthorpe@hse.k12.in.us

Areas of Expertise
middle level education; school culture and climate

Background
Was featured as a classroom teacher in a teaching video for Doug Reeves on Writing Portfolio and Authentic Assessment. Has served as a facilitator for the Indianapolis Association of School Principals at state conferences for several years and was recognized in Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis in the area of Academia. Has worked in both urban and suburban settings, and has mentored numerous aspiring administrators.

Research Interests
shared leadership and building relationships

Education
MS, Educational Administration, Butler University
BS, Secondary English Education, Indiana University, Bloomington

Fun fact
I have been in national television commercials.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love having the opportunity of working with future school leaders and the iLEAD faculty. It gives me immense pleasure to share my knowledge as well as learn from others. I am humbled and honored with the opportunity be back in the classroom: my greatest passion.

Lynn Wheeler, associate professor of Teacher Education

Lynn Wheeler

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Field Coordinator, iLEAD
School of Education

Esch Hall, 244T
317-788-3446
wheelerl@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
school-community relations; teacher evaluation; models of effective instruction, including project-based learning; strategic planning for school and program improvement; balancing management and leadership; utilizing technology to enhance instruction; career and technical education

Background
Worked for many years in Indiana public schools as a building-level administrator, counselor and Spanish teacher, including several assignments in career and technical education centers. Has made multiple presentations about online leadership simulations and games.

Research Interests
teaching with technology; school-community relations; school transformation

Education
Certificate program in school administration, Indiana University
EdS, Counseling & Guidance, Educational Inquiry Methodology and Spanish, Indiana University
MS, Counseling & Guidance and Spanish, Indiana University
BA, Spanish Education and Russian Education, Purdue University

Fun fact
I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I love to ski, make bratwurst and cheese fondue, and have been sturgeon fishing on Lake Winnebago.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students!