Executive Director Notes

One networking method that we prioritize are groups we call study councils. Our study councils can also be known as community of practices, affinity groups, or professional learning communities. One of the main purposes of all of these groups is to bring people together. Below are the study councils that we currently provide.
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Cybersecurity Planning
Early Literacy
Network Administrator
School Safety
State Reporter/Data Administrator
Technology Director

If you wish to be a part of any of the study councils please contact Don Harman.

Cooperative Purchasing

  • ESC Co-op Contracts 101: Lisa Abell, NIESC & Kelly Taylor, CIESC

  • Cooperative Purchasing State Statute: Jonathan Wineinger & Tanner Huber, SBOA

  • Amazon Contract Overview-Allison Robinson, Amazon

  • Online Purchasing Efficiencies-Tom Jackson, Spendbridge

FREE TO ESC Members! Lunch Included!
Non-ESC Members: $25.00
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ESC of I Partnerships

These vendors have been vetted by the Educational Service Center Vetting Committee and offer ESC Members discounts on their products and services!

Food Service

October is Farm to School Month. Farm to School is an important initiative that promotes building connections in the cafeteria and classroom to local producers and foods. Indiana has so much to offer our schools agriculturally, and we are proud to showcase that all month long! Celebrate farm to school month with Indiana Apple Crunch highlighting local apples or through Indiana Food Day, which is highlighting local proteins this year. With Farm to School, students win, farmers win, and the community wins! Visit the Farm to School webpage for more information and ideas on how to celebrate this month in your cafeteria's. 

Technology Integration


Member Spotlight

Wendy Bower
Food Service Director

Wendy Bower is the Food Service Director at Rochester Community School Corporation. She has been there for 14 years.

Starting her 1st year as Director, Wendy spent a lot of time working through audits and reviews. She has also been reviewing and reorganizing costs that would benefit the department and the staff within the department.  Another area that Wendy has focused in is fully staffing the department, which they have struggled with for a few years. Lastly, she has been reevaluating menus, trying new items and new recipes. 

We asked Wendy to share some future goals for Rochester.  She said, “To continue to reach more and more students each break we have to ensure if they need the added support we can do that. Would love to work towards acquiring a food vehicle specifically for stops around our county so we can come to the students that cannot make it to our locations during breaks. “

Wendy really enjoys interacting with students, parents, faculty, and the staff in her department. She also enjoys finding ways to be as cost efficient as possible to benefit the students at Rochester.

In her spare time, Wendy likes to spend time with her husband, children, and granddaughter. She likes to work on puzzles and she has been a genealogist since her early 20’s. She is finally realizing sometimes just taking things slow so you don’t miss out on anything is a hobby.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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