Administrative Changes for 2018-19 Announced - March 26, 2018

Record Number: 17061
Displayed from: Mar 26, 2018 , until: May 26, 2018

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved several administrative changes at the March 26, 2018, Board meeting. Most changes are effective July 2, 2018.

Elementary School

Justin Arkkelin, Bloomingdale Elementary Principal

Justin Arkkelin joined FWCS in 2003 as a substitute teacher. He became a fifth-grade teacher at Study in 2004, where he stayed for two years before moving to Forest Park Elementary to teach fifth grade. In 2011, he became an administrative intern at Haley Elementary, and then served as the assistant principal at Harrison Hill Elementary. In 2013, he became principal of Waynedale Elementary. At Bloomingdale, he replaces Anne Miller.

Kristee Hoffner, Waynedale Elementary Principal

Kristee Hoffner began her career in education as a special education teacher in Northwest Allen County Schools in 2000. She joined FWCS in 2003 as a substitute teacher, and in 2006, she became a reading interventionist at Northcrest Elementary. She later moved to Washington Elementary and then to Holland Elementary, where she served as a building coach. She completed her administrative internship at Adams Elementary before becoming assistant principal at Forest Park Elementary in 2014. This year, she has also served as interim principal at Forest Park. At Waynedale, she replaces Justin Arkkelin.

Mary Kinniry, Irwin Elementary Principal

Mary Kinniry first joined FWCS in 1989 as a teacher at Lincoln and then worked at Irwin and Bloomingdale elementary schools until 1998 when she took a leave of absence. She returned to FWCS in 2007 as a reading interventionist at Lincoln Elementary. In 2009, she became a building coach at Lincoln, and the following year, she moved to assistant principal at Forest Park Elementary. She was appointed principal of Lindley International Spanish Academy in 2013. At Irwin, she replaces Ingrid Laidroo-Martin.

Matthew Meighen, Brentwood Elementary Principal

Matthew Meighen joined FWCS in 2004 as a substitute teacher. He taught fourth grade at Forest Park and second grade at Forest Park and Weisser Park elementary schools before becoming an administrative intern and working at Croninger Elementary. In 2015, he became assistant principal at Fairfield Elementary. At Brentwood, he replaces Sara Wertman, who is moving to Forest Park Elementary.

Jennifer Nickell, Lindley International Spanish Academy Principal

Jennifer Nickell began her education career with FWCS in 2007 as a substitute teacher. She taught art and drama at Blackhawk Middle School from 2008-12 and then served as an instructional coach for one year at Northwood Middle School. She spent three years as an assistant principal at Marion Community Schools before returning to FWCS as an assistant principal at Price Elementary in 2016. At Lindley, she replaces Mary Kinniry, who is moving to Irwin Elementary.

Sara Wertman, Forest Park Elementary Principal

Sara Wertman started her education career in Garrett as a special education teacher in 1992. The following year, she was hired by FWCS as a special education teacher at Weisser Park Elementary where she stayed until the 2009-10 school year, when she served as an administrative intern at Haley Elementary. In 2011, she was appointed principal of Waynedale Elementary and two years later moved to the principal position at Brentwood Elementary. At Forest Park, she takes over from Kristee Hoffner, who served as interim principal this year.

 

Middle School

Zachary Harl, Blackhawk Middle School Principal

Zachary Harl joined FWCS in 2001as a substitute teacher before taking on a full-time math position at Memorial Park Middle School in 2002. In 2009, he became a building coach at Memorial Park where he stayed three years until serving his administrative internship at Northwood Middle School. In 2014, he became assistant principal at Portage Middle School, and in the fall of 2017, he became assistant principal at Blackhawk Middle School. He will now take over from Kara Froning, who is leaving to become a Secondary Director.

 

High School

Chad Hissong, Snider High School Principal  Chad Hissong began his education career in 1989 as a teacher in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. In 2000, he joined East Allen County Schools and came to FWCS in 2008 as principal of Elmhurst High School. When Elmhurst closed in 2010, he was assigned to North Side High School. In 2016, he was named Director of Student & Family Support Services. At Snider, he replaces Nicole Chisley.

Adam Swinford, South Side High School Principal

Adam Swinford joined FWCS in 1998 as a substitute teacher. In 2000, he was hired as a physical education teacher at Indian Village Elementary and a year later moved to then Geyer Middle School (now Towles Montessori). In 2005, he became the athletic director at Wayne High School. In 2008, he moved to Northwood Middle School as the assistant principal and took over as principal the following year. In 2013, he was named principal of Miami Middle School. At South Side High School, he replaces Carlton Mable who is leaving to become a Secondary Director. 

  

Central Office

Kara Froning, Secondary Area Director

Kara Froning began her education career as an English teacher in East Noble Schools. She joined FWCS in 2004 as an assistant principal at Blackhawk Middle School. She also served as assistant principal at Jefferson Middle School from 2007-09 and at Northwood Middle School from 2009-13. In 2013, she returned to Blackhawk as principal. As a Secondary Area Director, she will oversee several middle and high schools.

Carlton Mable, Secondary Area Director

Carlton Mable began his career with FWCS as a substitute teacher in 1992. The following year, he became a special education teacher at Miami Middle School. He taught at Miami and Wayne until serving his administrative internship at Blackhawk Middle School in 2001-02. He was then named assistant principal at Blackhawk, where he stayed until he became Lakeside Middle School Principal in 2004. In 2008, he became principal of Wayne High School, and he moved to South Side as principal in 2010. As a Secondary Area Director, he will oversee several middle and high schools.

Jennifer Mable, Curriculum Director

Jennifer Mable began her career with FWCS as a substitute teacher in 1996. She taught second grade at Washington Elementary for 3 years before becoming an instructional facilitator at Geyer Middle School (now Towles Intermediate School) in 2001. In 2004, she completed her administrative internship at Lane Middle School and the following year was appointed principal of Nebraska Elementary School. From 2006-10, she was principal of Lane Middle School, and from 2010-16, she was principal of Kekionga Middle School. Since 2016, she has served as a Secondary Area Director. As Curriculum Director, she will oversee curriculum development and implementation in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.

Get Nichols, Chief of School Leadership  Get Nichols began her career in education in 1980 as a first-grade teacher in Oklahoma. She joined FWCS in 1994 as a substitute teacher and was hired as a third-grade teacher at Price Elementary in 1996. In 1999, she participated in the administrative intern program and was assigned as principal of Brentwood Elementary in 2000 where she stayed for seven years. In 2007, she was named an Elementary Director in the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and in 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education. In her new position, she will oversee all FWCS elementary and secondary schools.


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.