Please note that this is not a complete listing of Indianola staff.
Talon Bailey is the Intervention Specialist at Indianola Informal K-8 for 6th-8th grades. Talon is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but moved to Columbus after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo. Continuing her education, she later received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum in Instruction, with a specialization in Reading. She has been teaching for 8 years, 6 of those years with Columbus City Schools. She spent her first 2 years in CCS as a Special Education Tutor at Medina Middle School, then 4 years as a Resource Room teacher at Monroe Alternative Middle School prior to coming to Indianola. Talon lives with her husband and daughter. She was very excited to join the Indianola staff in 2014, to continue her journey to save and educate our youth.
Instructional Coach Michelle Barnes has been at Indianola since 1998. Prior to that, she taught for three years at Highland Park Elementary in South-Western City Schools and was the Chapter One Reading teacher for a small elementary in the North Fork School District. Throughout her career she has taught grades K-5, and she was Indianola’s Literacy Coach/Reading Intervention Specialist for three years. Michelle obtained both her Master’s of Arts and Bachelors Degrees at The Ohio State University with specializations in Children’s Literature and Math. She has returned there as a guest lecturerin the Education Department off and on since 2003. She is an adjunct professor for Ashland University and is also trained by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to provide professional development to pre-school teachers. She grew up in Centerville, Ohio for most of her life, but she lived in Fostoria and Lima as well. Michelle resides in Columbus with her four children and husband Pete, alongside many pets including her dog Zoe and a frog/fish pond!
Maree Bednar brings a range of experiences to her work as a 4/5 teacher. She completed her student teaching at Indianola in the early nineties, taught here for 5 years, then taught for a number of years in some of Columbus’ inner city schools. In 2009, she returned to the Indianola community as a 4/5 classroom teacher and is very happy to be back. Maree completed her undergraduate studies at OSU, went on to earn her Masters Degree, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She loves her work, often claiming to learn as much from her students as they do from her. Maree views education as a holistic endeavor, embodying the academic, social, and emotional development of each child. She also recognizes the importance of parents as the child’s first teachers and strives to work in partnership with them. In addition to teaching at Indianola, Maree is also an Indianola mom. She has 6 children who attend school here. When she isn’t working, she spends time with her family and attempts to find some time to relax and just hang out.
Marie Boozer began working at Indianola in 2008, first as a substitute, then as an Intervention Specialist working one-on-one and with small groups to help kids reach their fullest potential, and most recently as a classroom teacher in grades 2 and 3. Marie is originally from Texas. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, her Masters in Education in Reading Education from Xavier University, and her PhD in Language Arts Education from Indiana University. Marie is a founding member/teacher at Indianola Children’s Center at Indianola Presbyterian Church, where she also sings in the choir. She has taught undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses at Xavier University, Indiana University and the Ohio State University. She is a training facilitator for Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio. Marie lives with her husband Jim and two daughters, both of whom are graduates of Indianola. She loves to hike, sing, and laugh!
Vicki Evans has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade MD classrooms for over 15 years. Although she was born in Georgia, she was raised in Columbus. She is a graduate of CCS, having attended Clinton Elementary, Linmoor Middle School and Linden McKinley High School. She has three daughters and enjoys walking, reading, and attending her daughters’ extracurricular activities. Her family enjoys camping and traveling. She has a dog, a turtle and fish.
Instructional Assistant Carolyn Fletcher began working at Indianola in 1999. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources from the Ohio State University. Before working at Indianola, Carolyn worked for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Carolyn lives in Clintonville with her husband, two children (both Indianola alumni), their dog Arlo, and Louie the cat.
Cindy Gunn became involved with the Indianola Informal Community in 2004 when her twin daughters enrolled as kindergarten students. Cindy’s teaching career started in 1993 when she graduated from Capital University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Cindy first taught in the Groveport Madison School District. She went on to work for the YMCA of Central Ohio before deciding to stay home with her daughters. She founded the School Community Garden in 2007 with a vision of urban agriculture. After volunteering in the classroom at Indianola for a number of years, Cindy became a substitute teacher in 2012 and a 7th and 8th grade teacher in 2013. This led her to pursue an M.A. in Early and Middle Childhood Science Education at The Ohio State University, which she earned in August of 2014. Cindy currently teaches 6th grade at Indianola.
Jennifer Harvie has been with CCS for over 20 years, all of them teaching an MD middle school program. Her husband is also a special education teacher, and they have a son who just started Kindergarten. Her family has two dogs and enjoys travel, listening to music and going to concerts. Jennifer is also a CCS grad, having gone to Douglas Elementary, Monroe Middle School and Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS). She is a graduate of Ohio University.
Sue Hatch received her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1985 from Mount Union College and her Master’s in Educational Policy and Leadership in 1992 from OSU. She first taught in Licking Valley Local Schools and later in Dublin City Schools before staying home with her children. All three of her children attended Indianola Informal before it was a K-8. She started substitute teaching at Indianola in 1999, and she began teaching here in 2001. Sue lives with her husband Mark and two dogs (14 year old Beagle and a 4 year old Lab) plus two cats. Sue and Mark have three children who all attended Columbus City schools and later went on to state colleges in Ohio: Bowling Green, Ohio University, and Kent State. Sue loves to travel, read, and cook, and she enjoys time with family and friends.
Amy Hill has been teaching at Indianola since 2007. She is also the parent of two Indianola graduates who attended Indianola from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Amy is a native of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus City Schools. She attended two alternative schools. She is very proud of the program at Indianola, not only as an educator, but also as a parent. After attending school, Amy moved out west to live in Phoenix and San Diego. Although she enjoyed it, she wasn’t excited about her line of work. Upon moving back to Columbus and having twins, she chose to return to school to earn her Bachelors in Education with a Reading Endorsement from Otterbein College. While at Otterbein, she was provided with enriching opportunities to explore many aspects of her own teaching philosophy: child-centered environments, hands-on learning, exploratory learning, integrated curricula. These aspects of education are what she has found here at Indianola, both as a parent and a teacher. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and letterboxing.
Danielle Hittle has been teaching at Indianola since 2000. She is originally from British Columbia, Canada. Danielle received her Bachelor’s of Elementary Education from the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island, and her Master of Arts in Education from the Ohio State University. Her teaching experience includes traveling to Tsuyama, Japan to teach English and teaching grades 1-3 on a First Nations reservation in Northern British Columbia, Canada. She began her teaching career in Columbus at Douglas Alternative where she taught grades 2-4. At Indianola, she has taught grades 1-3. She lives with her husband, two children and their dog, Gulliver.
Barb Koehler works in the MD classroom as a Special Needs Instructional Assistant. Barb is a long-time member of the Indianola community as a parent. She is the only member of her family who hasn’t attended Indianola: her children and her husband have all been students here!
Monica Linson-Fillmore first began teaching at Indianola in 1987, taking over the classroom where she began her student teaching just three days after graduating from The Ohio State University. Following the advice of her principal, Tom O’Mahoney, she stayed in school and earned her Kindergarten certification and a M.Ed. a short time later. During her first stint at Indianola, Monica spent 10 years in a variety of family groupings K-3. The K-1-2 grouping has been her favorite. During her time away from teaching at Indy, Monica was a “super volunteer,” spending time in her sons’ classrooms as they made their way through Indianola. During this time, Monica also studied massage therapy and is a licensed massage therapist, a career she may resume again in the near future. Since returning to Indianola to be a part of the middle grades expansion in 2007, Monica has earned her 4-9 Math/Science Licensure from Otterbein University. Although Monica has most recently been teaching grades 2 and 3 at Indianola, she has also taught 8th grade physics and writing here, both programs of her own design.
Lucindy Luckett has been a Special Education Instructional Aide with CCS for over 25 years. A native of Cleveland, she was with Cleveland City Schools for six years. Lucindy has 3 children and 9 grandchildren. She also works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the cafeteria. She enjoys travel and spending time with her grandkids. She loves being with kids and is active in church activities. She enjoys party planning and decorating as well.
Trina Marschall has been teaching 4th, 5th, or 6th grade at Indianola since 2006. Before that, she taught at Duxberry Park Arts IMPACT for 16 years. Trina grew up in Westerville, where her mother was an elementary teacher and principal. She got her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University (Western College Program), focusing in French feminist literature. She attended Harvard Divinity School in Boston, and worked in Columbus at Bernie’s Bagels and Deli, dialogue (arts magazine), and Women Against Rape, before getting her Master’s degree at OSU and becoming a teacher. She did her student teaching at Indianola in 1990, in Betty Morss’ 2/3 class, so returning to Indianola in 2006 definitely felt like coming home. Trina lives with her husband, daughter (Indy student) and their very fluffy cat, Pierre.
Tracey Bigler McCarthy has been teaching at Indianola since 1998, teaching various combinations of grades K-3. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree with a focus in Children’s Literature and Language Development from the Ohio State University. Prior to teaching at Indianola, she taught at Highland Park Elementary School in Southwestern City Schools. She began her teaching career in the Springfield City School System. Tracey grew up on a hog and grain farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She lives with her husband and two children, both of whom attend Indianola. When she is not teaching and learning at school, Tracey enjoys playing with her children, reading, remodeling houses, drawing, hiking and the visual arts.
Gina McGowan grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Mifflin High School in 1990. After completing her junior year at The Ohio State University, she decided (on a whim) to join the United States Marine Corps. She enjoyed her time as a legal clerk and loved living in Iwakuni, Japan for a year and a half, but she decided to leave the military and return to OSU. She received a degree in International Studies, and two years later decided to attend Ohio Dominican University to become a teacher. Next came teaching at Eastmoor Academy High School, marriage to a fellow English teacher, and a master’s degree from Ohio Dominican. Gina joined the middle school staff in 2014 as an 8th grade teacher. She loves traveling and can’t wait to return with her husband and daughter to fabulous places like Italy, Greece, Japan, England, and France.
Ronda McIntyre has been teaching at Indianola since 1997. Prior to coming here, she taught in California and ran a day-care from her home while her children were young. She has taught grades 4 and 5 all but one of those years, and considers herself to be an intermediate teacher through and through. Ronda lives with her husband and has two sons, both of whom attended Indianola. She enjoys running and taking long walks with her dog Rocket. She has completed about 18 marathons! Ronda also LOVES to garden.
Nancy Moushey joined the Indianola staff in the fall of 2012 as a tutor working with elementary students. She has 30 years of experience working in a Resource Room. Nancy was pleased return to this building, having taught here for nine years when it was Crestview Middle School. She taught at Dominion for ten years prior to coming to Indianola. She has two sons who are Columbus City Schools graduates, having attended Clinton Elementary, Dominion Middle School and Whetstone High School. One lives in New York and the other in Washington, D.C. Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Akron. She lives in Clintonville with her husband and her large dog and enjoys reading, gardening, and scrapbooking.
Karen Mughan has been teaching at Indianola for over 15 years. Prior to teaching, she worked as an administrator for the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating with a M.Sc.(Economics) from the London School of Economics, she worked as a Project Manager for a non-profit where she put together year-long work and training projects for long-term unemployed adults. Karen is Welsh (and since the 14th March 2012 – Welsh-American!) and gained her teaching certificate at The Ohio State University. She has lived in Columbus for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of two children, both born in Australia and both products of the Columbus City School system.
Joann Peterson grew up in the country near Terre Haute, Indiana. She received her teaching degree in General Education and Special Education from Indiana State University and her Master’s from Marygrove University. She has taught in Columbus City Schools for 23 years, first as a 6th grade teacher and then Special Ed. She has been the Resource Room teacher at Indianola since 2007. Joann is married with 2 married grown daughters and 2 grandchildren.
Rachel Rowen is a graduate of the Ohio State University Art Education Department. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Community-Based Arts. Rachel has been teaching with Columbus City Schools since 2006 and has been teaching Middle School Visual Arts at Indianola since 2010. She has been a parent at Indianola since 2000! She is a proud mother of 4 amazing children, all of whom have been or are currently at Indianola. Her philosophy is to create a safe space for students to express their ideas, to support integration and inspiration, to develop creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, to explore diverse art and design techniques, and, of course, to build community. She is an integral part of the Indy Talent Show, Drama Club, and Carnival, and she holds an 8th grade Art Gala at the end of each year. Rachel is also an exhibiting artist in the community, and a member of CAW:creative arts of women. Rachel was co-founder of OpenheartART, a creative community arts organization, and still performs and participates occasionally. Rachel is proud to be part of the Indianola community and encourages visitors to stop by the third floor studio!
Cheryl Scott is a Special Education Instructional Assistant. She has been with CCS over 15 years. She has almost completed the process of becoming a licensed Special Education Teacher through Ashland University. She is also a graduate of CCS, having attended Douglas and Clearbrook Elementaries, Southmoor Middle School and East High School. Cheryl enjoys shopping (especially for shoes), theater and roller skating. She has a “spirit of service” and is also a licensed member of the clergy and active in church activities.
Lisa Seiberling began her career teaching first grade at Weinland Park, obtaining her National Board Certification with Stephanie Baumgarten during their last year at Weinland. Lisa then moved to the Curriculum Department as the Elementary Science Coordinator for four years and spent one year at Salem Elementary teaching first grade. She joined the Indianola staff in 2005, teaching first grade with Karen and Emilie. When the K-8 expansion began, Lisa took on the first 6th grade class with Liz Core. She has since taught grades six through eight. Her undergrad degree is from Indiana University and she has an M.Ed. from OSU. You can find her in Room 109 and are welcome to stop in anytime.
Sonja Smith is a Special Needs Instructional Assistant. She is in her 20th year working for CCS. She is married, with two children and four grandchildren. She loves to travel and recently celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary in New York City. She enjoys scary movies, seafood, and white cake. Believe it or not, she does not eat chocolate!
Assistant Principal Amara Toure was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, before moving to Ithaca, NY in 6th grade. His K-5 schooling was all in French. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, and after a stint in New York City with AmeriCorps, earned his Master’s degree from Kent State University. Mr. Toure began his career as a 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Fifth Avenue Elementary before moving into administration. He is married to Liz, a physical therapist, and together they have a son Luc. Mr. Toure was excited to return to Indianola in 2014, having served as a Leadership Intern here during the 2010-2011 school year.
ElizaBeth Towne-Hall is a transplant from the West Coast where she spent a year in the City Year Americorps program on the Culture and Arts Team before deciding to earn her B.A. in Race, Class, and Gender Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked for a non-profit called Girls Inc. During this time she was bitten by the teaching bug in Oakland, CA, eventually going back to school for her teaching credentials through San Francisco State University. She taught K/1 and 4/5 at an informal arts based school in Oakland, CA for 3 years, before a magical visit to Indianola Informal when she decided that she was bound and determined to earn her M.A. in Multiculturalism and Diversity in Elementary Education from OSU (which she did) and to teach at our fabulous school (which she does)! She packed up and moved to the Midwest, where she taught 5th Grade at Clinton Elementary and Kindergarten at Winterset Elementary before joining the Indianola staff in 2009. ElizaBeth loves to travel, sing and write songs, direct children’s plays, do triathlons, and most importantly spend every waking moment with her family: Her partner Caroline, Scout (dog), Dixie, (dog) and their newest little addition, Fritz (human baby)!
Mary Whitehead has 15 years experience in School Counseling with Columbus City Schools. Prior to coming to Indianola in 2010, she was at Beechcroft High School for 13 years. She attended Otterbein College and The Ohio State University, and was born and raised in the Columbus area. Mary says she “enjoyed being in the classroom prior to counseling, but realized I was most effective working with individuals and small groups, where lots of conversation and positive relationships could be formed.” Mary has worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grades. She has also worked with displaced homemakers, transitional workers, pregnant teens and international women. Mary enjoys learning from her students, along with helping to empower them for success.
Julie Willis has been teaching in Columbus City Schools for over 25 years. Her journey with CCS began when she was offered a position at Alpine Elementary School while teaching in Dublin. Knowing she wanted to teach in the district in which she attended grades 6-12, she quickly accepted! She joined the K/1 team at Indianola in 2008. Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Muskingum College and her Masters Degree from the Ohio State University with a focus in Early and Middle Childhood. Throughout her career she has taught kindergarten through second grade. In her free time, Julie enjoys running, gardening, skiing and yoga.