Meet our Team
Meet Our Staff Teams
Hoosier Academy at Indianapolis (Hoosier) staff are committed to empowering our school community and providing students with high-quality learning experiences.
Miranda "Randi" Tolentino | School Principal
Miranda "Randi" Tolentino had been the academic advisor and principal at Hoosier since 2019. She has a BA in political science with a minor in psychology and an MBA in educational leadership..
"After several years of working help desk and consulting on 401(k) plans, I decided to enter a Transition to Teaching program in 2005 to earn my teaching license. I began teaching high school social studies, and eventually came to work in the information technology department creating and overseeing the virtual and online learning programs of a large school district in Indianapolis in 2010. I moved to a smaller but equally challenging district in 2013 and again created and maintained virtual and online programs as the eLearning coordinator. I have been married for 20 years to my wonderful husband Ron, and we have three amazing sons, Elijah, Ian, and Lucas. I have a dog and love animals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and learning new things. I am excited to become part of the Hoosier family and look forward to working with and getting to know each of you!"
Kori Williamson | Student Resource Coordinator, Homeless Coordinator and Foster Care Liaison, Title IX
Kori Williamson has been the student resource coordinator on the student support services team at Hoosier since 2019. She has an MSW and a BA in psychology from Indiana University. She worked for five years as a school social worker, school-based therapist, and social worker in public schools and First Steps programs.
"I LOVE animals and have fostered over 30 neonatal (bottle-fed kittens). I have two beautiful cats of my own and a flock of six lovely hens in my urban backyard.".
Natalie Berry | Student Support Advisor
Natalie Berry has an MEd in elementary education and a BA in sociology.
"I have been in education for 12 years as an advisor, academic coach, instructional assistant, and special education teacher. I have a love for working with students and parents at all instructional levels. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring new and different restaurants."
Jessica Cariaso has taught at Hoosier since 2017. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Ball State University. She taught kindergarten at Guion Creek Elementary School for one year, and she has taught kindergarten for one year and 1st grade for two years at Hoosier..
"I have a dog named Bubbles."
Kyra Christiansen | 2nd Grade
"I am a recent graduate of Ball State University's Teacher's College. Having student taught in second grade, I am beyond excited to continue teaching here. I'm originally from St. Louis, but glad to make Indianapolis my new home. Fun fact: I have a betta fish!"
Brian Jones | School Social Studies, Grades 6–8
Brian Jones teaches social studies for grades 6–8 at Hoosier.
"I earned my BS from Indiana University and an MS from Butler. I've been an educator for 32 years. I enjoy spending time with family and being out on my boat. My favorite hobby is cooking."
Emma Kalinowski | School Language Arts, Grades 6–8
Emma Kalinowski is starting her first year teaching language arts for grades 6–8 at Hoosier.
"I love teaching because I love helping people meet their potential and to dream big. I have a degree in education from Michigan State University and a degree in English and history from the University of Illinois. My teaching experience is mostly at the middle school level, but I have also taught high school English. Middle school kids are my favorite age group! My son Joel is in 11th grade and keeps me busy when I'm not working. I hope I'm better able to relate to both students and their Learning Coaches because of my experiences with my son and his education."
Kelsey Peterson | Special Education
Kelsey Peterson has been involved in special education in hybrid learning for grades K–5 at Hoosier since 2015. She has a background in deaf education for grades K–12 and mild interventions for grades K–6.
"I have two daughters and one son."