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Brooke Beavers

Co-Founder and Head of School

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Brooke has 15 years experience as a teacher and an administrator overseeing academics and instruction.  Prior to moving to Indiana, Brooke was an elementary teacher in her hometown of Moreno Valley, California.  In Indiana, she taught at Crestview Elementary School and Tindley Accelerated School before becoming the inaugural assistant principal of academics at Tindley Collegiate Academy.  Under her leadership, the school earned an “A” from the state and was the highest performing charter school among Mayor-sponsored charters during the 2013-14 school year.  In 2013, she received the “Tindley Torchbearer” award after being named “Teacher of the Year” at her school.

She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Riverside and a master’s degree in teaching from Chapman University in California. She earned a school administrator’s license from Marian University and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership at Indiana State University.

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Before entering education, Shy co-founded FusiK MusIQ, an academic and character enrichment program for K-12 students in Indianapolis. He then led his students to achieve at high levels in the classroom at Tindley Preparatory Academy before becoming an administrator with the Tindley Schools.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and an education administration license from Marian University.  He currently is working on his doctorate in educational leadership at Indiana State University.

Shy-Quon Ely II

Co-Founder and Head of School

Kim Ballin

Business Operations Manager

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Kim began her professional career in banking with Old National Bank in 2009.  In 2008, Kim obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN.  She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014 with her Masters in Business Administration, with a specialty in Human Resource Administration.   After starting her career in banking, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.  Kim has taught Kindergarten for the past three years.  She is a 2014 Teach For America Alum and continues to strive for Educational Equity.  She is thrilled to be marrying her banking and education careers with the position as Business Operations Manager.

 

Kim was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She resides in Indianapolis with her family and loves spending time with her baby boy, Leo.  Her genuine kindness and authentic approach to life allow her to be a vital asset to the Ignite Achievement Academy.

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Jessica English is a passionate and dedicated educator with 13 years of experience in the field, working with levels kindergarten through college. Jessica first began her career as a middle school teacher and 7th grade team leader for Maple Crest Middle School in Kokomo, IN. She later moved back to her hometown, Indianapolis, and has held various roles in education, including Director of Assessments for Tindley Accelerated Schools, and most recently working at the collegiate level as a Program Chair overseeing curriculum and instruction in the general education department.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Ball State University, a masters in management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a masters in school administration from Indiana Wesleyan University (spring 2017).

Jessica English

Dean of Academics

Shane Wilson

Director of Special Education

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Shane grew up in a one stoplight town in Grant County called Sweetser, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Sports Communication and Telecommunications. He then completed a Masters in Special Education from Quincy University and a Ed.S in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. He formally was the Founding Dean of Student Services and Athletic Director at Speer Academy – the Noble Network’s first STEM campus in Chicago, IL. He will be taking over as the Director of Special Education with Ignite Achievement Academy for the 2017-18 school year. He is passionate about technology, lifelong learning, music, and living a healthy lifestyle and incorporates each of these elements into everything he does. He grew up supporting the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Indiana Hoosiers and has seen more heartache than success with each of those teams but there is always next year… right? Growing up in a one stoplight town, to living in the diverse Windy City, and now back home in Indiana he hopes to bring his passions into the lives of all those he comes in contact with.

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Steven Douglas is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Mr. Douglas developed a love for teaching while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa; he was a part of the first group of post-apartheid volunteers to serve in the country.
​Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Douglas began teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools and completed graduate studies at Goucher College. Mr. Douglas returned to South Africa in 2006 and launched the Limpopo Project that worked with educators to adopt a nationally mandated shift from a punitive style of discipline.
​Mr. Douglas worked at the Maryland State Department of Education as a behavior specialist where he served as part of the Race To The Top Team.  His Race To The Top project addressed the area of culture and climate in turn-around schools.

Steven Douglas

Dean of Influence
John Akers Jr. - Director of Peace and Safety

John Akers Jr.

Director of Peace and Safety

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John is a graduate of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He has been in law enforcement for twenty-two years. While at Shortridge Magnet High School, John taught the dual credit courses, “Surveying Criminal Justice” and “Intro to Law Enforcement”  for Law and Public Policy. While working for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, he trained young men and women to become sheriff cadets (STC). While working for Indianapolis Public Schools, he created a cadet program called the Thin Blue Line (T.B.L.)

John is an Indianapolis native and has a great passion for young people.

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Rodney Rivers is a strategic professional with over 13 years of experience managing others, engaging students and families as well as building business relationships. Studying Business Administration as an undergraduate, Mr. Rivers has spent over 8 years in the proprietary education arena with ITT Technical Institute, where his responsibilities included increasing retention and overall student success rates. After leaving the Proprietary Education sector, “Coach Rivers” launched a non-for profit youth organization called RiverSports Athletic Association. The organization’s mission is to promote character development by way of athletics. In doing this, Coach Rivers has served over 500 kids across the city of Indianapolis. In 2010, he was granted the opportunity to become the Athletic Director at Imagine Life Sciences Academy, where he created the athletic program there from the ground floor. While at Imagine, he also wore the hats of Title I Instructor and Behavior Specialist. Five years later, Mr. Rivers took his drive to help young people succeed to Job Corps. While at Job Corps, Mr. Rivers held the positions of Business Administration Instructor (Atterbury) and Career Development Manager (IndyPendence). Mr. Rivers continues to be passionate about helping young people be positive citizens of their community. Lastly, Mr. Rivers is very excited about the opportunity to help assist the young scholars unleash their inner genius and become lifelong learners at Ignite Achievement Academy.

Rodney Rivers

Director of Student Services

Clint Johnson

Director of Behavior Compliance

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President and CEO of “Courage To Encourage”

Courage to Encourage, LLC exists as a process through which youth and young adults are inspired, instructed and empowered to develop the processes needed to overcome life’s challenges in order to move toward greater levels of fully functioning adulthood, economic self-sufficiency and positive social and generational impact.

It is the company philosophy that this concept has great merit and posses the key elements and components necessary to create transformation. Military style training and compliance procedure are one of the approaches used for turning youth behavior around. It addresses discipline, personal barriers, and accountability while the training targets self-improvement and human development.

After graduating from high school, he entered the military where he served for eight years through three war campaigns, although he was never deployed. He also served on the Administrative Team with 5th Corps under the command of Retired General Colin Powell. After his military career, he earned his Associates Degree in Administration, followed by his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Northwood University. “Through my education, I knew I could achieve my goals.

Mr. Johnson accomplishments range from co-authoring the Indianapolis Crime Prevention Plan to overseeing as the Director of one of the most successful at-risk program in the State of Indiana called YouthBuild Indy, sponsored by Employ Indy.

“Mr. Johnson is the lynchpin for our program. This kind of program needs a leader that youth can look up to and respect, and hold them accountable. “Mr. Johnson teaches and emphasizes responsibility, this is very important for their ultimate success.”

Dennis Wimer,

Executive Director of Lutheran Child & Family Services

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