Andy Alka• MS/HS Principal
Sandra Wascher • ECE/Willard School Principal
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.
Jeff Choate • Assessment Coordinator
Jeff Choate is the Assessment Coordinator at Indiana School for the Deaf. His responsibilities at Indiana School for the Deaf include assessment coordination and corporation test coordination. 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.
Jeff Richards • Guidance Counselor
Jeff Richards is the Guidance Counselor at Indiana School for the Deaf. Mr. Richards has worked at Indiana School for the Deaf since 1996. Prior to his current role at Indiana School for the Deaf he served the school as Director of Career and Technical and Education, Director of Guidance Counseling, and as an Interim Principal. Mr. Richards was also the Director of Counseling and Placement, Registrar, and the Director of Admission at Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, in Texas, for 9 years. Mr. Richards is an alumnus of Indiana School for the Deaf, and holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in School Counseling and Guidance from Gallaudet University.
Marie Kellam-White • Coordinator of Learning and Achievement
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 • Educational Technology and Media Specialist
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.