Meet our Team
Meet Our School Staff
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!"
Avory Freund | School Counselor
Avory Freund has been the school counselor at Hoosier for grades K–8 since 2020. She has an MAE in school counseling and BA in psychology. She has worked as a school counselor in Iowa, Texas, and now Indiana! Her family relocated to Indiana in the fall of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband. She loves to travel and explore new places! A fun fact: Her last name is pronounced "friend."
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 a 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 2 beautiful cats of my own and a flock of 6 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 | Kindergarten
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!
Toni Beriault | 3rd Grade
Toni Beriault has taught at Hoosier since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She minored in psychology of human development with a concentration area in psychology and counseling.
"I worked in Warren Township for two years as the Title 1 interventionist and special education interventionist and at Park Tudor for one year as the co-teacher in a first grade classroom. I have been with Hoosier since 2012, and I am extremely passionate about how integral it is to have this choice for so many students and families. I love getting involved in the community, and bringing people together is one of my favorite things to do."
Victoria Harris | 4th Grade
Tori Harris teaches the 4th grade at Hoosier.
"I have my Bachelor of Science in elementary education (grades K–6) with a Language Arts license (grades 6–12) and concentrations in language arts and state world studies. This is my second year with Hoosier and my fourth year as an educator. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching films and listening to music, working with animals, and being outdoors!"
Andrea Dammier | 5th and 6th Grade
Andrea Dammier has taught at Hoosier since 2011. She has a BS in elementary education.
"I have been in education for 19 years. I have taught in different school environments and love the hybrid model in which I am now working. I love spending my spare time out and about doing fun activities with my three young kids."
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."
Erin Forst | Special Education
Erin Forst has been the special education teacher at Hoosier since 2019. She has a MS and experience in elementary education and mild intervention, grades PK–12.
"I love going to concerts and traveling. I have a nine-year-old bloodhound named Watson."
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."