The Indiana Online Academy (IOA) was developed to help Indiana school districts provide a high-quality, full-time virtual option for students in grades 7-12. After 15 years of successfully delivering supplemental courses to Indiana high schools, IOA will not only expand to middle school courses but also utilize full-time teachers in the core subjects providing instruction to students in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.
The Academy will allow school districts to enroll students who wish to receive their education in a virtual setting but remain a part of the school community. “We are so excited to be able to partner with Indiana school districts to assist them in providing an alternative way to educate their students,” says Kara Heichelbech, Indiana Online Academy Director. “Virtual education is the perfect solution for some students, and we are honored that our partner schools trust us to support and serve their students.”
We are so excited to be able to partner with Indiana school districts to assist them in providing an alternative way to educate their students
Students will receive their core courses from the Academy’s newly-hired full-time teaching staff while employing Indiana Online’s successful asynchronous courses for electives.
It is our honor to introduce our Academy teaching staff:
Scott Cooper is passionate about student success and making connections between the past and the present. History is a story that everyone can tell. He is the father of three girls, one boy, and four dogs! Scott has been married for 25 years, and in his free time, other than working in education, he produces a podcast and writes about history. If he is not writing or podcasting, he is working on something; in fact, he is currently restoring a JukeBox to go with his Pinball Machine he restored last summer.
April Long is starting her 15th year as an English teacher. She has taught traditionally and virtually. Originally from Cincinnati, she completed her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University. April received her master’s in English from IUPUI and will begin her thesis this fall at Butler in the MFA program for creative nonfiction. She loves to spend time with her Goldendoodle, Lambeau, and loves to do puzzles and organize closets.
Jan Mitchener has been a teacher for 38 years, teaching every high school math course offered except for AP Statistics. She has taught at Southern Wells, Greenwood, and Carmel High School. Jan has been a year-round instructor with Indiana Online for 11 years with lead instructor roles for AP Calculus AB and Precalculus. Jan was named Teacher of the Year for Carmel Clay Schools in 2007 and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2009. In her free time, Jan enjoys spending time with her four children and four grandchildren.
Nakeisha Washington currently holds a Secondary Sciences & Health Teacher’s license and a K-12 Building-Level Administrator’s license in Indiana, Georgia, and Florida. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate and License in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Nakeisha has received extensive amounts of training in various areas such as Cultural Competency, Professional Learning Communities, Authentic Instruction, Project Approach Curriculum, Action Research, Direct Supervision, Facilitator, Presenter, Professional Development, and Data Analysis. She is also the CEO and Founder of Nyla Nova STEMversity. As a STEM Educator, advocate, author, mentor, and the creative mind behind the Science Superhero Nyla Nova™, STEMventures™, and community of STEMsations™, Nakeisha desires to show students her love of science. Her passion is to provide programs and experiences that inject STEM Education and create an interest in pursuing STEM-based careers for her students.
Our Academy team is excited to meet our students this fall. We welcome you to join us on this new adventure. Reach out to Kara Heichelbech at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-759-5546 with any questions or for more information on the program.