Teachers

MS. MICHELLE DEAN

MS. MICHELLE DEAN

TEACHER
ldean@perryschools.org

I get to make a positive difference in a child’s life each day! I began my early childhood career in 1996 and have been working with young children for over 20 years. I received my undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and my Master’s Certificate for Education at IUPUI. I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and continue my love of learning by reading books and attending conferences regularly. My goal as a teacher is to create a caring classroom community which helps children develop a love of learning and a strong foundation for future learning. I look forward to partnering with families to achieve these important goals.


MRS. JULIE CARLSON

MRS. JULIE CARLSON

ASSISTANT
jcarlson@perryschools.org

I joined The Early Childhood Academy in July of 2012. I really enjoy working with the preschool age group because they have an eagerness to learn, develop new life skills, and find more of their own personalities.Even the smallest accomplishment a child makes throughout the year is a great success. My husband Jeff and I got married in 2008. We have two boys Gabriel and Xavier. We also have one dog. I enjoy reading, shopping, and spending time with my family. My family and I love to go on vacation to the beach and Disney.


Karli Dubois

Karli Dubois

Teacher
kdubois@perryschools.org

Brooke Henry

Brooke Henry

Assistant
bhenry@perryschools.org

Mary Pat Van Abeele

Mary Pat Van Abeele

Assistant
mvanabeele@perryschools.org

MRS. BECKY FORSYTHE

MRS. BECKY FORSYTHE

TEACHER
rforsythe@perryschools.org

My name is Becky Forsythe and I have been working with children for over 20 years. I graduated from Truman State University in Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development. I have two boys, one in high school and another in his 20’s and have been happily married for nearly 25 years. I am passionate about teaching young childhood and love to watch them learn and grow. I love to read, nap, snuggle with my dog and cats, and hang out with my family.


MRS. CHRISTINE MCCLELLAN

MRS. CHRISTINE MCCLELLAN

ASSISTANT
cmcclellan@perryschools.org

I am the assistant to Becky Forsythe. I am married to my husband John and have two daughters, two son in-laws, and three grandchildren. In my free time I like spending time with my grandchildren and reading. I have been in childcare/preschool for twenty years and have enjoyed it very much.I am looking forward to spending time with your child this upcoming school year.


MRS. RACHEL FUNKE

MRS. RACHEL FUNKE

TEACHER
rfunke@perryschools.org

I have always had a passion for working with children. I began my teaching career in Ohio, where I earned my bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3rd), and Intervention Specialist (K-12). I received my Master’s Degree from Wright State University in Educational Leadership. I have been teaching for 9 years, and I am currently a Developmental Preschool Teacher. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 kids (soon to be 3!). We love being outdoors, and our favorite place to be during the summer is at the Lake.


MS. JULIA URIBE

MS. JULIA URIBE

ASSISTANT
juribe@perryschools.org

Mrs. Brooke Henry

Mrs. Brooke Henry

Assistant
bhenry@perryschools.com

MRS. HEATHER GREEN

MRS. HEATHER GREEN

TEACHER
hgreen@perryschools.org

I have been teaching since 2013 at the Early Childhood Academy. I absolutely love working with children, and have been for 20 years now! I started off as an assistant in special education while going to school for elementary education. I received my BS from IUPUI in 07, and worked as a kindergarten teacher my first year. I later went to Headstart where I worked for 5 years and fell in love with the preschool age kiddos. I love to dance and act silly. I enjoy making learning fun and something the kiddos are eager to do! Seeing their growth throughout the year is amazing to watch, and they are always teaching me something new too! I have 15yr triplets- Bella, Lexie, and Richard, who go to Southport High School, and 13 yr old- Anna who is a 8th grader at SMS. My husband Richard and I will celebrate our 21th Anniversary next year as well! In my free time I teach Zumba at the YMCA, but I’m usually at one of my kids’ sporting events!


Ms. Annette Leach

Ms. Annette Leach

Assistant
aleach@perryschools.org

MRS. SHANNAN GROSSMAN

MRS. SHANNAN GROSSMAN

TEACHER
sgrossman@perryschools.org

I have been teaching young children for 22 years, including spending several years as a developmental specialist and five years as an elementary school teacher. I have worked with children with disabilities and delays in homes and preschool setting in Las Vegas and Philadelphia. I received my BS in Early Childhood Education from UNLV. I also have a Master’s degree from Lesley University in Curriculum and instruction: Fine Arts Integration. I recently celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary and have two children Emily, age 20 and Dylan, age 25. We also have two dogs, Perry and Finn that are beloved members of our family.


Ms. Amanda Thacker

Ms. Amanda Thacker

Assistant
athacker@perryschools.org

Hi! My name is Amanda Thacker. I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I love working with children. When I am with my kids, we do all sorts of fun activities together like games, crafts, dancing, movies, playing outside and reading. We also enjoy being with family and friends when we can.


MRS. REBECCA HAUBER

MRS. REBECCA HAUBER

TEACHER
rhauber@perryschools.org

I grew up in Northwest Indiana and then attended school at Manchester College. I love teaching preschool because it is so rewarding to watch young children learn and discover new things each day. In my free time I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. I also love watching Colt’s football and Red’s baseball.


MRS. MELANIE DAVIS

MRS. MELANIE DAVIS

ASSISTANT
mjdavis@perryschools.org

My name is Melanie Davis and I am excited to be able to work with your child this year. I have been an assistant for 17 years now, you might say I love working with children. I’ve been married for 34 years, I have 3 married children, 2 boys and a daughter, 6 grandchildren with one more on the way.


MRS. SARAH HAPPERSBERGER

MRS. SARAH HAPPERSBERGER

TEACHER
shappersberger@perryschools.org

Has been teaching Developmental Pre-k for 4 years at Jeremiah Gray. I graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I enjoy watching baseball, traveling and spending time with husband and 1 year old daughter.


MS. ELIZABETH LANDIS

MS. ELIZABETH LANDIS

ASSISTANT
elandis@perryschools.org

Has been in preschool for 3 years. She is a mom of 4 and is always on the go! She loves to craft, garden and be with her family.


MS. LESLIE BILTZ

MS. LESLIE BILTZ

ASSISTANT
lbiltz@perryschools.org

This is her first year in preschool. She enjoys being with her family, baking and drinking coffee.


MRS. MICHELLE LANGDON

MRS. MICHELLE LANGDON

TEACHER
mlangdon@perryschools.org

I have been teaching preschool at the Perry Township Early Childhood Academy for several years. I live in Greenwood with my husband and two daughters, Ella and Callie. We like to hang out on the back porch and have dance parties together. I love teaching preschoolers because they are so eager to learn, love their teachers, and are little sponges, absorbing each piece of information they are given.


Ms. Ashton Richey

Ms. Ashton Richey

Assistant
arichey@perryschools.org

MS. AILIS MCCARTHY

MS. AILIS MCCARTHY

INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
amccarthy@perryschools.org

My name is Ailis McCarthy and I teach developmental preschool. I graduated from Bowling Green State University and moved back to Indiana after college. I have dedicated my life to supporting and providing help to children with special needs. I love watching students grow and learn at this stage of their life, where they have so much to experience.


MRS. KATHLEEN MITCHELL

MRS. KATHLEEN MITCHELL

TEACHER
kmitchell@perryschools.org

Classroom blog: https://blog.seesaw.me/mrskathleenm

I’m living my dream because I love teaching! I am a 2006 graduate of Greenwood High school and a 2010 graduate of IUPUI. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I live in Greenwood (where I have lived my whole life) with my husband, Taylor and son, Riley. We love cooking and hanging out with our extended family. In my free time I like to read and sew! I have a passion for teaching early literacy skills, or more simply – teaching kids how to read! Before coming to PTEC I taught Kindergarten for 4 years on the Westside of Indianapolis. I joined the PTEC crew in 2014.


MRS. LISA HOFFMAN

MRS. LISA HOFFMAN

ASSISTANT
lrhoffman@perryschools.org

My name is Lisa Hoffman, and I am an instructional assistant. Prior to joining the Early Childhood Academy, I was an assistant at Head Start, and have been working in the field of early childhood for over ten years. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three boys. I also enjoy reading, camping, and sports; especially baseball and football.


MRS. JESSICA LINDGREN

MRS. JESSICA LINDGREN

TEACHER
jlindgren@perryschools.org

My name is Jessica Lindgren and this is my second year here at PTEC Preschool. I attended Purdue University and have been in education for 9 years, most have which has been in Kindergarten. I love teaching the little ones because their curiosity and love for learning is endless. My husband and I have been married for 8 years, and we have a little fur baby named Peyton. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling and going to concerts. I look forward to another great year, and instilling a love for learning into little minds!


MRS. SUSAN BREMER

MRS. SUSAN BREMER

ASSISTANT
sbremer@perryschools.org

I grew up on the Northside of Indianapolis. I have been married for 30 years to my husband Darren. I have 3 children Sarah, Jonathan, and Elizabeth. I have 2 grandchildren Laila and Maverick. I have a Korean Jindo named Sammy that I rescued. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. I love to travel. I have worked in Perry Township for 4 years, and 18 years in co-ops and private schools. My favorite teaching experience was in the Yucatan Peninsula working with Mexican and Mayan children. Teaching affords me the opportunity to inspire, encourage, and assist students with developing their full potential. It’s a blessing to be a part of their lifetime journey of learning and exploring.


MRS. ALISHA SAVAGE

MRS. ALISHA SAVAGE

TEACHER
asavage@perryschools.org

I have been teaching young children since 2013, and I have been teaching at Perry Township since 2015. I graduated in 2013 from Franklin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I am working on a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education through Ball State University. I also speak Spanish and have a lot of experience working with ESL students. I have a son, Harrison, who will also be attending the Early Childhood Academy. In my free time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family outside. I look forward to working with new families each year and teaching my students how to thrive in school and have fun at the same time!


MRS. BLAIR VARGAS

MRS. BLAIR VARGAS

TEACHER
bvargas@perryschools.org

My name is Blair Vargas and I am so excited to be working in Perry Township. I am a 2006 graduate of Perry Meridian High School and earned my degree in Elementary Education from IUPUI. I then spent a year living in Sweden, working as a nanny. It was a wonderful experience that I enjoy sharing with my students! I love working in early childhood education and have dedicated myself to making sure my students are safe, happy, learning, and having fun while at school. My husband and I live in Franklin Township where we love watching our daughter, Hazel Jo, grow. We enjoy spending our time tailgating together while cheering on our Colts & Hoosiers!


MRS. HEATHER NGUYEN

MRS. HEATHER NGUYEN

ASSISTANT
hnguyen@perryschools.org

MRS. KATRINA WAGNER

MRS. KATRINA WAGNER

TEACHER
kwagner@perryschools.org

I have been teaching for 8 years throughout Chicagoland and Indianapolis. My main focus has been teaching preschoolers in either at-risk areas, or who speak another language, or have special needs. I am married to my wonderful husband Matt and have a little girl named Annabelle. We have 2 German Shepard dogs who we also adore. In my free time I enjoy playing co-ed softball, crafting, party planning, and watching movies. I love teaching because I love making a difference in a child’s life, whether that is just making them smile to overcoming a life-long fear. It is so fulfilling to see the progress the young minds can make in a year or two. I believe that everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. The best type of teaching is when is doesn’t feel like teaching, meaning that the children are so engaged and motivated in your lesson that they just think they are playing when actually they are learning important skills. I feel so lucky to have found a passion that I enjoy coming to work everyday because I know I will always be laughing or smiling.


MRS. ANGIE PATE-SIMMONS

MRS. ANGIE PATE-SIMMONS

ASSISTANT
apate-simmons@perryschools.org

My name is Angie Simmons and I’m an Instructional Assistant in the developmental preschool. I am from Brown County, growing in a little country town called Bean Blossom. I’m married and have a 6 year old daughter that is my world. My husband and I also have spoiled dogs that keep us busy. We enjoy spending time outside, anything on the water. Camping, painting, and spending time with family and friends are also favorites. I’ve always enjoyed working with children, and am currently in school for elementary education.


MRS. LINDA ZARRO

MRS. LINDA ZARRO

ASSISTANT
lzarro@perryschools.org

MRS. JULIE GALLAGHER

MRS. JULIE GALLAGHER

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
jgallagher@perryschools.org

I am an early childhood speech language pathologist. I completed my undergraduate work at Purdue University and my Master’s degree is from Indiana State University. I love working with children and helping them to reach their full potential through the power of communication. In my free time, I love hanging out with my husband and children. I enjoy reading and photography in my free time.


MRS. ELIZABETH KINGERY

MRS. ELIZABETH KINGERY

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
ekingery@perryschools.org

My name is Elizabeth Kingery and I am an early childhood speech language pathologist. I am a Perry Township graduate and feel so lucky to be giving back to the district that helped pave my way! I completed my undergraduate work at Butler University (Go Dawgs!) and received my Master’s degree from Ball State University. I have a passion for working with children and ensuring that every child has the access and ability to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, and ideas. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter and making memories as a family.


MRS. NAINGNAING LONGSANG

MRS. NAINGNAING LONGSANG

TRANSLATOR
nlongsang@perryschools.org

My name is Naing Longsang. I was born and raised in Burma. I worked at Salvation Army in Singapore after I graduated from Yangon. I ended up moving to New Delhi and got myself a job as a preschool teacher for Burmese Refugee Children. I worked as a preschool teacher for 3 to 4 consecutive year. My family and I decided to move to United states. I later found a job at Perry Township Preschool as a tutor/translator. I love kids and helping them improve. It is my pleasure to be able to work at Perry Township School and help Burmese Community. Whenever I have my free time, I would spend it with my husband and my three kids; every Sundays we all go to church.


Mrs. Zing

Mrs. Zing

Translator

My name is Mrs. Zing. I was born and raised in Burma, and came to the U.S. in 2011. I have 3 kids, and love gardening, such as planting flowers and vegetables. I enjoy being here everyday and helping the teachers and the preschoolers. It’s a pleasure to be here!


Mrs. San

Mrs. San

Floater

MRS. LINDA SPROWL

MRS. LINDA SPROWL

RN
lsprowl@perryschools.org

I have been a nurse for 37 years. I am the mother of 5 young adults and I have 1 granddaughter. I have been here at Perry Township Education Center since March of 2017 school year. This is the best job I have ever had. I absolutely love the students and they are the highlight of my day. The partnership Community Hospital has with Perry Township enables your child’s school to have qualified nurses who attend continuing education through the hospital and have the resources to meet your child’s healthcare needs.