Our Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff work together to inspire academic excellence and to challenge our students to achieve more than they dream possible!

Check out this video that shares our parent and staff perspectives about learning at Inspire. It was created by our partners from Education One at Trine University.

Staff Bios and Photos

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Administration & Administrative Support

Ms. Leslie Draper

Executive Director
Ms. Draper inspires those around her to achieve high standards and work toward a common mission

Education
Master’s Degree in Education Administration

Certifications
Professional Educator’s License in English Language Arts for 5th-12th Grade and in Building Level Administration for PK-12

Additional Certifications
• Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist
• Charter School Leadership
• Trainer of nonviolent crisis intervention

Mr. Patrick Fassnacht

Principal

Mr.Fassnacht loves to be a part of the energy and mission at Inspire Academy

Education
• Bachelor's Degree in Education
• Education Specialist Degree in School Administration/Organizational Management
• Master's degree in Educational Administration

Certifications
Professional License in Building Level Administration for PK-12

Experience
• Assistant principal at Yorktown High School
• Regional Director for The Excel Centers

Ms. Ana Marick

Financial Manager
Ms. Marick focuses on strategic planning and finances to support Inspire's goal of producing curious and adventurous learners

Education
• Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University
• Master's Degree in Business Administration, concentration in Finance, from Purdue University Global

Experience
Healthcare Finance

Mr. Harry Pickett

Dean of Family & Student Affairs
Mr. Pickett shares his love of sports and being physically active with Inspire students as coach of every sport at Inspire

Education
Studied Elementary Education and High School Math, WGU

Experience
• Accepted into an art program at age 13
• PE Teacher

Instruction & Instructional Support

Ms. Kara Haley-Baugues

7th Grade Crew Leader

Education
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with Kindergarten Endorsement, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

Experience
• Data Coach and Testing Coordinator
• Multiple roles since joining Inspire in 2014

Mr. Brandon Hayes

6th Grade Crew Leader

As a former NFL player, Mr. Hayes brings a dynamic set of skills and knowledge to the classroom.

Education
• Bachelor's Degree in History
• Master's degree in education

Experience
Founder and CEO, 3rd & 11 Inc., a non-profit organization

Ms. Yolanda Lloyd

5th Grade Crew Leader

Education
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Master's in Early Childhood Education, Trinity University

Experience
• Reading Interventionist, Inspire
• Library/Extended Learning Center, Yorktown High School

Awards
2023 TRINEness Award & Inspiring Educator

Ms. Misty White

4th Grade Crew Leader

Ms. White enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Education
Dual Master's Degrees in Management & Leadership and Curriculum Instruction, WGU

Experience
Afterschool Teacher, Inspire's I ASK Tutoring Program

Ms. Sarah Helber

3rd Grade Crew Leader

Ms. Helber is a sports enthusiast and loves to go on adventures with her husband, two boys, and family dog

Education
• Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministries & Elementary Education, Anderson University
• Master's Degree in Special Education from Ball State University

Experience
Working with students who have dyslexia

Ms. Mandi Evans

2nd Grade Crew Leader

Ms. Evans enjoys Crossfit, camping, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family

Education
• Bachelor's Degree, Ball State University
• Master's Degree, Xavier University

Experience
Transition to Teaching Program, Trine University

Ms. Shameka Gordon

1st Grade Crew Leader

Inspire families and students love working with Ms. Shameka

Education
Currently studying Special Education, Mild to Moderate, WGU

Experience
Director of Nutrition, Inspire

Awards
2023 Inspiring Educator Award

Ms. Alicia Jackson

Kindergarten Crew Leader

Ms. Jackson was born and raised in Honduras. She enjoys reading, gardening, music and spending quality time with her family

Education
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from UNAH (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras)

Experience
Kindergarten Teacher, Inspire

Ms. Connie Criswell

PreK Crew Leader

Ms. Criswell loves to have her preschool spend time outdoors getting their hands dirty and exploring. She also assists with the theater program and is the school's Family Events Coordinator

Experience
Preschool Teacher, Henry Country YMCA, beginning in 2004

Ms. Jerika Clemons

Literacy Coach

Ms. Clemens loves to travel and hopes to visit every AZA accredited zoo in America

Education
Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Ball State with concentrations in Reading and State/Worldwide Connections

Awards
2022 Inspiring Educator Award

Ms. Amy Friedeberg

Reading Interventionist

Ms. Friedeberg enjoys traveling to northern Michigan to go camping & kayaking

Education
• Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Michigan State
• Teaching program from St. Petersburg College in Florida

Experience
Kindergarten Teacher

Disability Services

Ms. Heidi Elliott

Teacher of Record

Ms. Elliott is passionate about teaching students to read and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their four daughters

Education
Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, Indiana Wesleyan University

Certifications
Trained in the Wilson Reading Program

Mr. Michael Cowherd

Teacher of Record

Mr. Cowherd is affectionately know as Mr. Max. His journey as a reading specialist began as he watched his own children's reading skills develop

Experience
• Title 1 Reading Interventionist and Literacy Coordinator for Inspire
• Worked for the State of Indiana advocating for adults with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities

Ms. Allannah Turner

Direct Service Provider

Ms. Turner is a Music Director and Assistant Director, as well as an actor, at Muncie Civic Theater

Experience
Special Education Instructional Aide since 2020

Ms. Sehdah Mckim

Direct Service Provider

Ms. McKim enjoys doing hair, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her big family. She was a multi-sport athlete at Eastbrook High School

Experience
Inspire Teaching Assistant since 2022