Meet Our Staff
K-5 & Middle School Staff
Miranda "Randi" 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!
Avory Freund | School Counselor
Avory Freund, School Counselor for Hoosier Academy K-8 and Insight School of Indiana 7-8, since 2020, has an M.A.E in School Counseling and B.A. in Psychology. She has worked as a School Counselor in Iowa, Texas and now Indiana! Her family relocated to Indiana 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!
Fun fact – her last name is pronounced ‘friend’.
Kori Williamson | Student Resource Coordinator, Homeless Coordinator and Foster Care Liaison, Title IX
Kori Williamson, Student Resource Coordinator, Student Support Services Team, ISIN, since 2019, MSW (Social Work) from IU, and BA in Psychology from IU, 5 years as a school social worker, school-based therapist, and social worker in public schools & First Steps. 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, Student Support Advisor with an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a B.A. 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. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring new and different restaurants.
Jessica Cariaso | Kindergarten
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.
teacher| First Grade
Kyra Christiansen| Second 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
Victoria Harris 4th Grade
Tori Harris 4th Grade Teacher at Hoosier Academies. I have my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) with a Language Arts license (6-12) and concentrations in Language Arts and State World Studies. This is my second year with Hoosier Academies and fourth year as an educator altogether. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, film and music, working with animals, and being outdoors!
Andrea Dammier| 5th and 6th 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.
teacher| Middle School Math
Brian Jones | Middle School Social Studies
Brian Jones, middle school Social Studies teacher at the Hoosier Academy. I earned my B.S. from I.U. and M.S. from Butler. This is my 32
year as an educator. I enjoy spending time with family and being out on my boat. My favorite hobby is cooking.
Emma Kalinowski | Middle School Language Arts
I am thrilled to start my first year teaching at Hoosier Academy. Hoosier Academy combines the best elements of brick and mortar teaching with immersive online learning. Hoosier Academy really prepares students for success in our increasingly technologically based workplace.
I love teaching because I love helping people meet their potential and to dream big. Education truly is the key to success in our society. As for my education, I have a degree in Education from Michigan State University and a degree in English and History from the University of Illinois. I am certified to teach English in the state of Indiana. 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 has made it successfully through the middle school years. Joel is in 11th grade at North Central High School and certainly keeps me busy when I am not working. I hope that I am better able to relate to both students and their learning coaches because of my experiences with my son and his education.