Executive Director Notes

On Wednesday, June 5th, the Governing Board approved the following individuals to serve you:

Aimee Fausto as a Literacy Cadre Training Support Specialist

Michele Kenaga as a Literacy Cadre Training Support Specialist

Donna Ruzbasan as a Literacy Cadre Training Support Specialist

Lisa Yoder as a Literacy Cadre Training Support Specialist

Cassie Scarsella as our Curriculum Specialist

Shannon Harman as our School Counseling Specialist

Also, on June 5th, the Governing Board approved Elkhart Community Schools to become a member. South Bend St. Joseph Catholic High School and Views on Learning were also approved to become associate members. 

Welcome to NIESC!

Cooperative Purchasing

Food Service

Technology Integration

 Registration Open!
Bring your tech staff to the second annual cookout to celebrate your successes in another year of edtech support. Meet area school tech staff for a day of team building, fun games, friendly competition and a lot of laughs!   
This day is fully sponsored by a small selection of edtech partners and FREE for anyone on your team.  
 
June 20th, 2024
Menominee Elementary
Plymouth, IN
More Details & Registration Here

Professional Learning

CPI Summer Bootcamps
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) equips corporations and individuals with training and resources on prevention and de-escalating difficult behaviors and situations.  The training provides individuals with skills to safely recognize and respond to crisis situations that occur everyday in our schools.  Certification and recertification requires an on-line course as well as a half day, in-person training.
 
Click on the school to see details & register:

All dates & locations have an AM or PM session option and is limited to 20 attendees.

These events are available to NIESC & NWIESC member districts only

Member Spotlight

 
Randy Williams
Director of Secondary Education & Student Services
 

Randy Williams is the Director of Secondary Education and Student Services at Middlebury Community Schools. He has been there for just over two years.

In the last year, Randy has spent a fair amount of time working with leaders within the district. This year, they started with four (wonderful) new-to-the-position administrators spread between the middle school and high school. He really wanted to make sure that he was providing an appropriate level of support as they settled into their new roles. Randy and his team also worked to refocus on effective teaching strategies, building a professional culture, and improving all student outcomes. As with everything they do, there is room to grow, but he is proud of the gains that have been made and he looks forward to ongoing collaboration. They also hired a new MCSPD chief midway through the year. Randy has worked closely with him to implement best practices for school safety and to find innovative solutions that strengthen their systems.  

A major goal that Randy has moving forward to next year is to reduce the variability of instruction in each classroom across the district. Identifying and utilizing a core set of effective instructional practices, providing professional development and support for implementation, and facilitating ongoing professional dialogue and monitoring will be a renewed focus.

We asked Randy what he finds the most rewarding about his position. He shared, “I truly enjoy the people that I work with.  We all have experiences and talents to draw from and we use them to make decisions that move situations forward toward positive outcomes. We are a collaborative group of forward thinkers and problem solvers. This makes for a tremendously purposeful working environment.”     

In his spare time, Randy loves spending time with his family!  They spend a lot of time at sporting events throughout the year. He also helps coach his son's baseball team. They are always into something, from flag football, to basketball, to gymnastics, to softball. And if he can, he wants to be on the golf course with friends as much as possible.    

 

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org

 

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