ICASE PAST PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
2017 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Lindsay Dietrich Wolf
Lindsay completed her undergraduate work in Special Education at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio. She continued her education with a Masters degree from Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Special Education and completing the director of Exceptional Needs program at Ball State University.
Lindsay began her teaching career at Norwell High School as a Mild Disabilities teacher and then moved to Homestead High School where she is serving as the Chairperson of Special Education Department. Lindsay has been an active and integral member of the Northeast Transition Cadre since its inception. She is a participating member of the IEP Resource Center Behavior Workgroup. She has authored and co-authored many works and presents frequently in Fort Wayne and around the state. Lindsay was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Parker Grider, Principal of Homestead High School and Roxanne May, Director of Special Education for Southwest Allen County Schools. Congratulations to Lindsay for receiving one of the 2017 Presidential Scholarships.
My career of working with individuals with disabilities began in 1997 while serving as a Rehabilitation Instructor for Cardinal Center Inc., which provides basic level group homes for adults with significant cognitive and/or physical impairments. After completing my bachelor's degree in education at Indiana University South Bend in 2000, I began my career as a mild disabilities teacher at LaVille Elementary (Union-North United School Corporation) in Lakeville, Indiana, where I spent the next 15 years. During that time, I earned my master's degree from Indiana University in 2005, with a focus on Seriously-Emotionally Handicaps. I am currently completing my final semester (internship) at Ball State University for my Director of Exceptional Needs license. I am in my second year serving as the Outreach Director for the J.E.S.S.E. cooperative in Plymouth, Indiana, which partners with nine school corporations. I am a certified instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). A fun fact about myself is that I'm a member of the 501st Legion, which is the largest international Star Wars costuming organization, recognized and approved by the Walt Disney World Corporation and Lucas Films Limited. I serve as a Stormtrooper, and we do charity and volunteer work for several organizations including the Children's Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many organizations that support individuals with disabilities. All of our costumes are movie screen accurate and represent the world of Star Wars, bringing joy and smiles to thousands of kids and adults per year.
I was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by the J.E.S.S.E. Executive Director, Linda Holland and Dr. Michael Harvey from Ball State University.
2016 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Adenike began teaching in Texas in 2005 as a Science and Social Studies teacher. She then taught students with exceptional needs from 2006-2012 and developed and implemented an after school program titled (ELIT) Educated Ladies in Training for young at-risk girls targeting self Esteem. In 2012 she began teaching at College Park Elementary in Indianapolis where she served as a teacher liaison for the 21st Century Scholars Program, RTI Core Team Member and as a Homebound and ESY Instructor. In 2013 she served as the Exceptional Learners Department Chair at Lincoln Middle School where she served as Public Agency Representative and assisted the Special Education Director in administrative duties. Also during this time she served as a parent liaison for special education services, implemented co-teaching, and developed and implemented the RTI process at the secondary level. She most recently served as the Department Chair for Exceptional Learners at Pike High School and assisted the directors in administrative duties. She was a 2015 ElevatEd Presenter "The Power of 2:Co-teaching". Adenike also restructured the students with Emotional Disabilities program and Managed the summer ESY program. Adenike was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by the Director of Exceptional Learners MSD Pike Township, Megan Ahlers and Pike High School Principal Troy Inman.
2015 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Kristen served as an Autism Specialist and Program Support Teacher the past eight years for Special Services Johnson County and surrounding schools. She is currently working on her director of exceptional needs license through Ball State University. Kristin was recommended for the ICASE Presidential Scholarship by Johnson County Special Services Executive Director Angela Balsley and Michele Neumann Assistant Director. Kristin is a member of CEC, a presenter for Central Indiana Autism Round Table, Coordinator of ANTS (SSJCSS Autism network), and a member presenter for Program support PLC. She provides professional development for staff, parents and community agencies, was the pilot coordinator for TeachMate 365 for six school districts, and the curator of the Autism components on the SSJCSS website and Pinterest page. Kristen received the 2010-11 SSJCSS People’s Choice Award for outstanding service and the 2009-10, 2011-12 SSJCSS Valuable Contributions Award. Her goal as a director is to engage, equip and empower staff and students so that they may achieve to their potential.