Kimberly Kause is currently the Director of Instruction at Indiana School for the Deaf. Ms. Kause has been in the deaf education field since 2001. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Kause received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Gallaudet University in 1999. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Kause pursued her Masters of Education degree in Deaf Education at Kent State University and completed her degree in 2001. She began her teaching career teaching high school students at South High School in Cleveland before moving to Minnesota. Ms. Kause has also taught at the elementary level at the Metro Deaf School (MDS), national’s first deaf ASL/English bilingual charter school in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Kause completed her Education Specialist degree from Gallaudet University in school administration in 2007, as well as PK-12 Principal and Superintendent Licensure program at the University of Minnesota. She has also worked as the Director of Metro Deaf School and Minnesota North Star Academy prior to accepting the Director of Instruction position at the Indiana School for the Deaf in 2011.
Andy Alka is the Middle School and High School Principal at Indiana School for the Deaf. Mr. Alka has served in the education field for 24 years. He previously served as the principal for the Willard School for 8 years. Mr. Alka attended Ball State University where he graduated with both his BA and MA degrees. He is also a proud dad of 7 wonderful children, two of which attend Indiana School for the Deaf.
Mrs. Wascher is beginning her 8th year at ISD. Before she became a principal, she was a bilingual/ASL specialist, ASL teacher, and elementary teacher at ISD. Prior to coming to ISD, she had the opportunity to spend four years as an ASL specialist at Metro Deaf School in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also worked as an elementary teacher for four years at Robarts School for the Deaf in Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Wascher has been involved in education since 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Gallaudet University and a Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in Maryland. Currently, she is taking classes at IUPUI for an Educational Leadership certification. Mrs. Wascher is not only a proud educator; she is a proud mother of three children, who are all currently students at ISD.
Dawn Crock is the Special Needs Coordinator at the Indiana School for the Deaf serving students from preschool through 12th. Dawn has worked at ISD since 1998 and has 9 years of experience teaching students with additional disabilities in the Preschool, Elementary and High School life skills classrooms. She has received her bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University in Secondary Education and Biology; and a masters degree from McDaniel College in Deaf Education. Since 2011 upon joining an integral part of a school's instructional leadership team, Dawn is responsible for providing support in programs that provide educational assistance to students with mental, psychological, learning, behavioral, or physical disabilities. Dawn has attended the Autism Academy (round table) since 2011. She is currently responsible for supporting principals, teachers, paraprofessionals through coaching and consulting using evidence based practices in the classroom to ensure success of each individual students’ unique challenges.
Jeff Choate is the Assessment Coordinator and Corporation Test Coordinator at Indiana School for the Deaf. Additionally, Mr. Choate serves as the Chief Attendance Officer, and as a Skyward Administrator. Mr. Choate also handles compliance in regards to the Department of Education reporting. Prior to his current role at Indiana School for the Deaf he served as MS Principal and HS Principal for Indiana School for the Deaf. Choate was also a Vocational Principal at Missouri School for the Deaf, and a MS Principal and School Improvement Facilitator for Kansas School for the Deaf. Choate also worked as a teacher for 15 years.Mr. Choate is an alumnus of Indiana School for the Deaf, and holds a B.A. in Government and an M.A. in Education of the Deaf from Gallaudet University.
Marie Kellam-White is the Coordinator of Learning and Achievement at the Indiana School for the Deaf. Marie has worked at the Indiana School for the Deaf since 1988. She has received a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Building Supervision from Ball State University. Marie graduated from Gallaudet University in 2008 with an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Change and Leadership. Marie taught first grade at the Indiana School for the Deaf for 19 years. In 2008, she became the Middle School Principal at Indiana School for the Deaf and remained in that role until 2013. She currently is responsible for Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction, and Goal/Progress Monitoring Compliance. Marie has served on several accreditation committees to oversee progress at the Indiana School for the Deaf.
Stephanie Steiner began her career at Indiana School for the Deaf after graduating from Ball State University in 2007. She taught kindergarten for five years before transitioning to her current position as Educational Technology and Media Specialist. She serves the staff and students in all grade levels as they strive to enhance the educational experience through the use of technology by creating opportunities to create, collaborate, and grow both inside and outside the classroom.
INDIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
After a review of the educational records by ISD, a CCC meeting will be scheduled by the LEA. The parent/legal guardian must ask the LEA to invite ISD to participate in the meeting to discuss the student’s current educational programming and progress and to determine if ISD may be an appropriate educational placement to support the student’s overall language, communication and educational goals and objectives.
If the CCC determines that ISD is the appropriate educational placement, the family will also complete additional ISD registration paperwork prior to the student’s first day at ISD.
For questions, to request additional information or to schedule an Educational Tour, please contact:
Mary Rice, Administrative Asst.
Office of Director of Instruction
Educational placement at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a Case Conference Committee (CCC) decision. The first step is for a parent/legal guardian to contact the student’s neighborhood school or Local Education Agency (LEA) to express their interest in ISD enrollment.
Minimal criteria requirements for potential ISD enrollment:
A resident of Indiana
Eligible for special education services under the criteria for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Between the ages of 3 and 22 years
Has adequate evaluation/assessment information
Has completed an ISD Educational Tour of the facility and campus
Has had a recent physical examination by a medical provider and updated immunization record
Registered with your home school district
Shannon Crawford, Audiologist and New Student Registrar
The Indiana School for the Deaf recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop progressive technology and communication skills.
The Indiana School for the Deaf strives to be the premier comprehensive center providing education, services and resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, their families, and educational partners.
Technologies that enable or provide a true bilingual environment are needed everywhere on the campus, and should be used all the time. Every opportunity that allow for true, equal accesses in resources by every single student and staff should be incorporated daily. The school's use of video conferencing, web cams, ISDTV, digital cameras, visual presenters, digital video cameras, and more, enables true, equal access.
ISD continues to provide digital citizenship education in grades 3-12. With the increased access to digital resources, communities, and communication, it is more vital than ever that we support and guide our students as they navigate the digital world we all live in. If you are interested in receiving additional resources that you can use to support your child at home, please check out the parent resources found at www.commonsensemedia.com or contact Stephanie Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students in grades K-12 will need to pay an annual $40 technology fee. This fee must be paid before students will be allowed to use school owned devices. This fee allows ISD to keep up with technology updates and supports the refresh our devices every couple years. It also allows for student devices to be covered by an insurance policy that will cover the repair of any accidental damages that may occur during the school year. Students just need to bring the device to the technology staff and it will be repaired at no additional cost to students or parents.
The fee may be paid in cash, check, or via PayPal. Cash and check can be mailed to ISD before the school year starts or sent with your child on the first day of school. You can click the button below to pay with PayPal. Remember: Your child will not get his/her iPad until this fee is paid. Many classes require the use of the iPad for access to important resources and textbooks, so please pay as soon as possible.
Indiana School for the Deaf provides support, assistance and resources for enrolled students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The school offers support services including assessments, audiology, case conferences, guidance counseling, interpreter services, physical/occupational therapy, and speech/language.
The Assessment Team’s main function is to provide enrollment, annual, and requested in-depth assessments to all ISD students, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach. The team also discusses referrals for types of evaluations done by team members.
Jeff Choate - Assessment Coordinator
Dawn Crock - Special Education Coordinator
Paula LaMonaca - Director of Health Services
Mimi Adams - School Social Worker
Shannon Crawford - Audiologist
Linda Charlebois - Audiologist
Casey Spelman - Speech Language Therapist
Lindsey Pfledderer - Speech Language Therapist
Katey Kelleher - Speech Language Therapist
Tina Caloud - ASL Specialist
Vacant - ASL Specialist
Trisha Dray - School Counselor
Kayla LaBruno - School Counselor
Lori Kiel - Occupational Therapist
Jeanne Goldner - Occupational Therapist
Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) provides students with a quality education in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).ISD case conference staff and administrators work closely with students and their families to ensure each child’s individual needs are being met as described in the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Case Conference administrators are responsible for legal compliance. Their role is to facilitate and ensure that all legally mandated annual Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are complete. Please refer to the Procedural Safeguards and Article 7, Indiana’s Special Education Rules, for information on the case conference process and the rights of parents and guardians.
The team also discusses referrals for types of evaluations done by team members.
Beth Fields - IEP Administrator
Catherine Rahn - IEP Support Specialist
Cynthia Floyd - IEP Administrator
ASL Specialist offers direct services for the Indiana School for the Deaf student with various of mastery in American Sign Language from none to intermediate, by prompting language foundation to acquire appropriate educational instructional.
ISD offers audiology services by certified and licensed audiologists. Audiologists at ISD provide direct student services to address IEP goals and objectives. Our audiologists monitor the hearing levels of our students and manage the technology our students may use. They may also facilitate the fitting of new hearing technology and collaborate with other audiologists all over the state in an effort to optimize the use of listening devices.Audiology staff members also provide audiological assessment, hearing aid and cochlear implant support at school, staff training and consultation, and parent consultation.
ISD’s Audiologists are English/American Sign Language bilinguals and have experience and training in school age audiology, bilingual bimodal language and listening development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.Each speech language pathologist and audiologist works closely with an ASL Specialist and a Bilingual Educator for assessing and developing both American Sign Language and written/spoken English.
The guidance program is designed to assist middle school and high school students with intellectual, social and personal growth. The program also assists students in making informed and individually appropriate social, educational and vocational choices.
Guidance services offered:
Meet with students prior to and during the registration process, inform the students of classes relative to course selection
Provide transcripts for parents, students or other schools upon requested.
Provide individual counseling for students regarding scheduling and different types of diplomas and certificates along with the student and his/her parent/guardian.
Direct students to provide them with sources of vocational/technical schools and colleges.
Assist students with ACT registration
Meet with students individually or in groups to discuss credits, courses and entrance exams required by colleges and technical schools.
The guidance program offers a number of other services.
Donna Saaty - Transitional Specialist
Jeff King - Transitional Specialist
Nathaniel Kelly - Transitional Specialist
Joey Kutcka - Behavior Specialist
Violet Blake - Behavior Specialist
Brett Mellon - Behavior Specialist
ISD Interpreting Services strives to provide consistent, high quality interpreting services within the bilingual and bicultural school environment so that everyone can be seen, heard and understood.
The Interpreting Services Office is committed to providing interpreting for ISD students, families, and staff members. The interpreting services office also provides foreign language interpreters, certified deaf interpreters and translates documents as needed. Contact us for information about the interpreting process and best practices, community resources, and advocacy.
Carrie Martin - ASL Interpreter
Christina Dammarell - ASL Interpreter
Eric O'Dell - ASL Interpreter
Kyndal Gonzalez - ASL Interpreter
Melissa Hopper - ASL Interpreter
Raymundo Gonzalez - Spanish Interpreter
ISD offers speech language therapy by certified and licensed speech language pathologists. Speech therapists provide assessment, direct student services and consultation to address IEP goals and objectives. Speech therapists also document and report progress to parents. Speech therapy staff are English/American Sign Language bilinguals. Each speech therapist has experience and training in bilingual bimodal language development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
ISD's speech language pathologists and audiologists work closely with an ASL Specialist and a Bilingual Educator for assessing and developing both American Sign Language and written/spoken English.
School based occupational and physical therapists collaborate with parents and educational staff to help implement each student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP). When necessary, therapists may also partner with other staff members to modify the child’s routine or environment to foster more independence within the educational environment.
Physical Therapy at Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) aims to assist students with improvements in areas such as coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.
Occupational Therapy at Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) provides students with assistance in areas such as fine motor coordination and sensory-motor processing.
These services allow students to fully participate in their educational programs. Additionally, physical therapy and occupational therapy staff members are English/American Sign Language bilinguals.
Jeanne Goldner - Physical Therapist
Lori Kiel - Occupational Therapist
Paula Berry - OT/PT