Meet Our Staff
K-5 & Middle School Staff
Miranda Tolentino | School Principal
Miranda “Randi” Tolentino, Academic Advisor/Principal, 2019, BA in Political Science, minor in Psychology, 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 K12/Hoosier Academy family and look forward to working with and getting to know each of you!
Kathleen Stanley-Sapp | Administrative Assistant
Kathleen Stanley-Sapp, Administrative Assistant /Receptionist at Hoosier Academy in Indianapolis, since 2014, Bachelor of Science in Education, K-8 with a Psychology Minor. I live in Beech Grove with my husband and have three grown children, one grandson and one granddaughter…on the way! I enjoy serving at my church in their music ministry, serving my community through local mission projects and serving our HA students, families and staff!
Alissa Davis | Kindergarten
Alissa Davis, Kindergarten Teacher, Hoosier Academy Indianapolis, since 2008, BA in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Concentration. I have spent my entire teaching career at Hoosier Academy. I started at Hoosier Academy-Muncie, went to HAVS, and I am now at HA-Indy. I have done practicum teaching at a dual-lingual and a bilingual school in El Paso, Texas. Before coming to Hoosier I worked at a treatment based Juvenile Detention Center with at risk youth.
Jessica Cariaso | 1st Grade
Jessica Cariaso, Hoosier Academy First Grade Teacher, since 2017, Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University, Kindergarten at Guion Creek Elementary (1 Year), Kindergarten at Hoosier Academy (1 Year), 1st Grade at Hoosier Academy (2 Years). I have a dog named Bubbles.
Toni Beriault | 2nd Grade
Toni Beriault, 2nd grade teacher/Hoosier Academy Indianapolis, since 2012, Bachelor of Science Elementary Education/*Major: Elementary Education *Minor: Psychology of Human Development *Concentration Area: Psychology and Counseling. I worked in Warren Township for two years as the Title 1 Interventionist and Special Education Interventionist, then at Park Tudor for one year as the co-teacher in a first grade classroom. I have been with Hoosier Academy 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!
Jennifer Lyons | 3rd Grade
Jennifer Lyons, 3rd Grade Teacher at Hoosier Indianapolis, since 2011. I have a Bachelors in Education. I have been in education for 10 years in a variety of different places. I have worked for Indianapolis Public Schools from 2008-2009 in a Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom. From there I transitioned to a full time Kindergarten program from 2009-2011. In 2011 I started my journey with Hoosier Academies and have performed different jobs in my 8 years. I am related to James Dean.
Brandon Johnson | 4th Grade
Brandon Johnson, 4th Grade/Hoosier Indy, since 2013, Bachelor in Elementary Education w/ a concentration in Technology. I am a huge pro wrestling fan!
Andrea Dammier| 5th Grade
Andrea Dammier 5th Grade Teacher at Hoosier Academies, since 2011, BS in Elementary Education, I have been in education for 19 years. I have taught in my different school environments and love the hybrid model in which I am now working. Love spending my spare time out and about doing fun activities with my 3 young kids.
Greg Blatz | Middle School Math
Greg Blatz, MS Math Teacher, Hoosier Academy Indianapolis, since 2013, B.S. Mathematics/Teacher’s Certificate 6-12. Overall this is my 14th year of working with middle and high school students as a math teacher with an additional 2 years working in a special needs preschool and 3 years as a director of religious education and youth ministry for K-12. That is 19 wonderful years of following my dream of helping students to have a successful life. I am the youngest of 13. I have 6 brothers and 6 sisters.
Traci Johnson | Middle School Science
Traci Johnson: Middles School Science Teacher - HA INDY, since 2016, BGS (Bachelor of General Studies) Indiana Department of Education: Teaching Certificate; Primary - Biology Secondary – Chemistry, Starting my 21st year; 19 years at the High School Level Science; 9 different IDOE Courses 'Teacher of the Year' 2018/19: HAINDY HS/MS Most recent Professional Development Classes/Conferences: Eli Lilly's LETS program - June 2019; and Authentic Learning Summit, provided by: the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation - June 2019. I enjoy imitating certain character's voices... My favorites are Master Yoda and Marvin the Martian.
Marcy Groulik | Middle School Social Studies
Marcy Groulik, Middle School Social Studies Teacher; Hoosier Indy, since 2014, Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Secondary Education with minors in Multicultural Education and Computer Sciences. I taught 7th grade Social Studies for 7 years and Earth Science for 3 years in the Pendergast School District in Phoenix, Arizona. For 6 years I competed in horse speed competitions (pole bending).
Mallory Kindig | Middle School Language Arts
Mallory Kindig, MS English Teacher @ Hoosier Indy, since 2012, English Education. I did my student teaching at Hoosier and was hired on the next year! My husband and I had our first child Lincoln this past year in December 2019. He's the light of our lives!!
Erin Forst | Special Education
Erin Forst, Special Education teacher MS, since 2019. Elementary Education and Mild Intervention P-12. I love going to concerts and traveling. I have a 9 year old Bloodhound, named Watson.
Ann Semon | Professional Lead Teacher
Ann Semon, Professional Lead Teacher, at Hoosier Academies since 2009. I have a BS Elementary Ed., I've worked at our Muncie, Indianapolis, and virtual school. I've taught all grades but 2nd grade. I like to go on ghost tours.
Lacy Spears | Professional Lead Teacher
Lacy Spears, Professional Lead Teacher, Hoosier Academies Network of Schools, 2012, BS Secondary English Education, MS Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Spears has been an educator for ten years, and has taught in a virtual or blended environment for eight years. She has taught at every level, but most enjoys working with middle school students. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Spears has also worked as instructional coach, has sponsored clubs like the National Junior Honors Society, and runs a school-based food pantry. I love animals, especially elephants. One of my biggest goals is to work on an elephant conservation project.
Sara Brooks | ELA and Math Interventionist
Sara Brooks, ELA and Math Interventionist K-8 at Lynn Black Elementary and Middle School, since 2013, Bachelor of Science in Education, majored in Elementary Education, Classroom Aide, Reading Aide, Preschool Teacher. I have a 6 month old puppy that takes up most of my time when I am not working.
Jimmie L. Ellison Jr. | School Counselor
Jimmie L. Ellison Jr. School Counselor 7/8 Middle School ISIN K-8 Hybrid, since 2017, Indiana School Counselor License. I spent 8 years before Hoosier working with youth in the juvenile justice system. I have worked at 3 residential facilities throughout the Central Indiana. I have skills as a therapist doing Individual Therapy, Family and group therapy. I have 3 current Christian Hip Hop albums on various online stores and I am currently a certified Minister.
Kelsey Peterson | Special Education
Kelsey Peterson Special Education Hybrid K5, since 2015, Deaf Education K-12/Mild Interventions K-6. I have 2 daughters and 1 son.
Erin Frost | Special Education
Erin Frost, Special Education teacher MS, since 2019. Elementary Education and Mild Intervention P-12. I love going to concerts and traveling. I have a 9 year old Bloodhound, named Watson.