Executive Director Notes

I hope all of you were able to enjoy some time away during your spring break to relax, rest, and recharge. As we navigate through the last few months of the 2023-2024 school year, you will be extremely busy with assessments, field experiences, preparing for the 2024-2025 school year and of course “surprises." Keep doing great things for all of your students, staff, and communities.


Cooperative Purchasing

Join us in Fort Wayne for am amazing Lunch and Learn opportunity!

Food Service

Celebrate your staff with School Lunch HERO DAY! Click on the image for access to official merchandise, printable activities, logos, and more!

Technology Integration

Google Admin Certification Training
Designed for EdTech Staff

LEVEL 1:  Tuesday, June 11, 2024
This comprehensive training will guide your IT staff through educational best practices and Google Workspace Admin console skills and techniques. The bootcamp includes a series of training lessons, real-world education examples, and knowledge checks to prepare attendees....Read More
CLICK HERE to register for Level 1, a virtual event

Level 2: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
The Amplified Admin Level 2 Certification training is an advanced-level Google Workspace Admin course and requires
an LEVEL 1 certification to validate fundamental knowledge of the Google Workspace for Education environment. This course will build...Read More
CLICK HERE to register for Level 2, a virtual event


Professional Learning

April Events

  • HQCM for K-5 Literacy Showcase 
  • AI for High School Educators (FREE)
  • What Admins Need to Know about Special Education
  • Indiana Agilities Coach Training

Newly Added

  • Curriculum Adoption w/ Charity Flores
  • AI for High School Educators - Gary, IN
  • Virtual Data Analysis w/ Charity Flores
  • L1 & L2 Google Admin Cert. Training
  • visit our website for a full listing

Member Spotlight

Kim Johnson
Food Service Director

Kim Johnson is the Food Service Director at Baugo Community Schools. She has been with Baugo part time since 1994, full time since 2001, and currently the Food Service Director since 2014.  

The most rewarding part of her job is seeing how the cafeteria staff interact with the students. Just a simple “Hello, have a good day” to the students means quite a bit. The cafeteria staff know that since they see students everyday, they can make a positive difference in a child’s day.  

Also rewarding for Kim (or she would say thankful) is the support from the Baugo staff and administrators.   

Lastly, she appreciates the collaboration and support from the entire NIESC food service group, Lisa and the other NIESC Food Directors. How rewarding it is that they are able to be there for each other no matter what district or how far they are from each other. 

This school year, Kim has been working with her team on new healthy options and menu ideas for their K-12 students. They are currently working on perfecting the lettuce wrap combo meals along with salad and cold sandwich options for the high school students/staff.  Their new vegetable selection includes Roasted Brussel sprouts, Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower, Harvest Blend, and Zucchini Panzanella Salad.  All which have been a hit. A big shout out to Jennifer and Kaylyn with their help and suggestions. 

Since Baugo is a part of the DOE: DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, all students have unlimited fruits (except only 1 juice) and vegetables for breakfast and lunch. Their goal is to introduce as many new fruit/vegetables to their students.  This year their fresh fruit/vegetable participation has increased in K-12. The high school has added a suggestion box so students can voice their likes/dislikes. Kim has met with some junior high students seeking any suggestions or comments.  Her plan is to meet with a group of 3-6 students before the end of this school year.     

A future goal Kim has for Baugo is to modify the High School and Junior High to have more of a “cafe” feeling and to continue working on trending food recipes for all groups. Her final goal for the upcoming year is to be able to offer an after school food program for those high school students who stay after school for various events.   

We asked Kim what she liked to do in her spare time. She shared, "I enjoy being with my husband of 42 years (wow), my (3) children, (7) grandchildren and friends. I love talking and meeting new people. I am not a big fan of shopping, especially at Wal-Mart. I enjoy watching and attending all sporting events, concerts, dancing, being on the water, vacations to warmer climates, and trying new restaurants which have unusual menus. My bucket list of places for vacation are an all-inclusive resort, Hawaii, and/or a cruise. Enjoy your time with all and yourself, as time does go by quickly. My husband had to remind me a few weeks ago that I am going to be a year older than I thought :("

Northern Indiana Education Service Center
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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