Executive Director Notes

NIESC is involved with a STEM initiative which is the Indiana STEM Ecosystem. The vision of the Indiana STEM Ecosystem revolves around supporting and nurturing collaborative efforts among various stakeholders. By serving as a statewide mediary, the Indiana STEM Ecosystem will facilitate the development and launch of regionally-based STEM ecosystem hubs. These localized ecosystems will work cohesively towards aligning regional STEM goals and priorities with the broader STEM objectives of the state of Indiana, resulting in a powerful collective impact. To join a STEM Ecosystem hub, fill out this interest form.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Laura Unsicker, STEM Integration Specialist, lunsicker@niesc.k12.in.us.

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Food Service

ISNA is excited to be hosting the 2024 ISNA School Nutrition Summit, April 12, 2024 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Plainfield, Indiana. ISNA has put together a great program for both school nutrition professionals and business and industry partners to network and gain valuable insight through a series of professional development opportunities. 
There will be a single bank session this year at the ISNA School Nutrition Summit!
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Technology Integration

AI for the High School
Join us to learn how AI can impact learning in the 9-12 Classroom    
Monday, April 22nd Mishawaka, IN 9am - 3pm    
FREE Event w/ Lunch Provided 
Event Details & Registration
Plan Ahead!
Summer of Learning Opportunities for Educators
  • June 6 & 7th - South Shore Learning Conference @ Duneland Schools 
  • July 17th - ignitED @ Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • July 25th - East Allen School

Professional Learning

EduProtocols Summer Academy
Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
Join us on July 29 & 30, 2024 for a national conference in our own backyard at the historic Notre Dame University! Participants will learn how to implement EduProtocols and bring about lasting engagement and impactful learning in your classroom, school, or district.
See the website for details

Member Spotlight

Rylee Kruck
Transportation Director & Athletics Director

Rylee Kruck joined the staff at MSD of New Durham Township this year. She is the Transportation Director as well as the Athletic Director at MSD of New Durham Township. She hopes this year will mark the start of what she envisions as a long and fulfilling journey at Westville. Despite being new to the corporation, she has quickly developed a deep appreciation for the community, staff, and kids and the opportunity to contribute to its growth.

This year, Rylee has been dedicated to both transportation services and athletic programs. In the realm of transportation, despite being new to the role, she has dedicated herself to acquiring a comprehensive understanding and hands-on experience. Safety has been the top priority, and she has implemented strategic changes aimed at optimizing the safest possible journey for students while on the bus.

Within the athletic sphere, her primary objective this year has been relationship building. She has made efforts to forge strong connections with coaches, student-athletes, and community members. Whether it is joining students during elementary recess for a game of hoops or football or planning fun events for teams, she has aimed to cultivate an early interest in sports and establish a supportive presence in student’s careers. It is essential to Rylee that students recognize her commitment to their development both on and off the field or court, ensuring that sports become avenues for growth and personal development for athletes.

Rylee’s future goals and dreams for the corporation are centered around continuing to foster a thriving culture and strengthening relationships with both students and community members. She envisions modernized athletic facilities and the optimization of bus routes for maximum safety and efficiency, all while ensuring their bus drivers, mechanics, coaches, and athletes feel valued and appreciated. She is committed to empowering their employees and students by providing opportunities for growth and excellence. As a servant leader, her goal is to support the success of those around her and contribute to the overall advancement and growth of the school community.

We asked Rylee what she finds the most rewarding about her position. She shared, “The most rewarding aspect of my job is the strong relationships I've built with our staff and students. Their support and camaraderie make each workday enjoyable and fulfilling.”

In her spare time, Rylee and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with their dogs. They love camping, hiking, and relaxing by Lake Michigan whenever they can. Taking moments to slow down and appreciate life's simple joys is essential amidst the busyness of their daily lives. 

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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