The Advanced Program works under the leadership of Executive Director of Elementary Education Dr. Kimberly Hartlage.
Dr. Hartlage completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from ISU in 2014. She holds a BS and MS in Elementary Education and +30 in Educational Leadership Administration. Dr. Hartlage began her career as a teacher of gifted and talented students and has worked in administration in Greater Clark, JCPS, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
The Advanced Program uses the services of:
- Certified Retired Teacher Consultants
- Certified Elementary High Ability Cluster Teachers
- Certified Middle School Teachers
- Certified High School Teachers
Our staff includes a high ability coordinator and retired teacher consultants as follows:
- Susan Stewart is the current advanced program coordinator at the elementary level. She holds a BA with a double major in English and Communication, MAT, +30 rank, and post-graduate work with credentialing as an elementary school principal and GT endorsement. She has taught graduate level courses for the gifted and talented endorsement as an adjunct instructor at IUS. She comes to the public school system after having worked as a director of management training development for a Fortune 500 company. She serves as a member of the Frazier Teacher Advisory Board, was awarded an IPLACC Fellowship, served as the high ability consultant and a writer for IU’s Internationalizing the Academic Standards Project, and is a team member of the IICE Deliberation Teacher Team. She is the parent of a high ability child.
- Debbie Adkins joined the Advanced Program in 2013-2014. She holds a masters + 30 and is also certified to work with children with learning disabilities, mildly mentally handicapped, and severe disabilities. She worked for GCCS for 26 years and worked both as a special needs teacher and as a high ability cluster classroom teacher during that time. She also brings a background as a published writer, entrepreneur, and artist to the position. She is a proud parent and grandparent. Her grandchildren are in advanced and gifted programs throughout the U.S.
- Robin Miller retired from GCCS after serving for 26 years at the elementary level. She taught first grade for 23 years and in a learning disabilities class for three years. Robin holds a BS and MS in Elementary Education from IUS. She holds +30 rank with additional post-graduate level work. She was the designated first-grade high ability cluster classroom teacher for the last 10 years of her tenure at TJES and is trained in differentiating lessons for the needs of high ability students.
- Melanie Riddle joined the Advanced Program in 2013-2014. She retired from East Washington School Corporation after 33 years. She has a BS and MS through IUS. She is also certified through Purdue University in Reading Recovery and served as the reading coach for two years at EWE. In this role, she was responsible for training and collaborating with teachers in the best practices for teaching reading and writing. She substitute taught for GCCS for five years. She is the proud aunt of two nieces and two nephews, who qualify as high ability.
- Barbara Hobson just completed her fifth year as a retired teacher consultant. She taught both in NAFC and in GCCS and retired from GCCS after teaching 34 years. During her tenure, she was a designated high ability cluster teacher and was named WHAS EXCEL teacher and teacher of the year for GCCS. She was a facilitator for the Institute for Creative Learning, Inc. at the University of Louisville and the facilitator for the University of Louisville School of Music Summer Suzuki Program. She is the parent of two high ability children and grandmother of two high ability grandchildren.
- Frances Dillard just completed her fifth year as a consultant with the advanced program. She taught in JCPS and retired from GCCS as an elementary teacher. She is a Hands-on Equations specialist. She is a proud parent and grandparent.
- Richard Klemens has served as an advanced program consultant for 11years. He offers 21 years of experience as a principal/administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and seven years of experience teaching at the secondary level. While in those positions, he established and implemented the gifted and talented program at River Valley Middle School and served on the BBPC. He also offers 15 years’ experience as an adjunct instructor at IUS, teaching Middle Level Education, Administrative Supervision, Introduction to Education, General Methods in Elementary Education, and Teaching Ed & Psychology of Gifted & Talented. He supervises principal candidates through the IUS Leadership Program, has supervised student teachers for 13 years, and was selected as Outstanding Elementary Student Teacher Supervisor at Indiana University Southeast in 2012. He is the proud parent of two sons, both of whom were in the GCCS High Ability/Advanced Program.
- Virginia Klemens taught at Parkwood Elementray School and retired from JCPS. She has returned to GCCS over the years to share a bounty of science and social studies expertise as an educator with the Louisville Water Company’s Outreach Program. She is the proud parent of two sons, both of whom were in the GCCS High Ability/Advanced Program.
- Diane Krall has taught for 37 years and has worked for 12 additional years as a retired teacher consultant in the Advanced Program for Greater Clark County Schools. At her retirement in 2004, she was the Advanced Program Coordinator. Ms. Krall has a G/T Endorsement from IU and has a Masters + 30. More than 20 years of her experience has been in the field of Gifted Ed. She has presented at state and national gifted conferences and has trained Greater Clark teachers in the strategies of Susan Winebrenner, Carolyn Coil, Curry and Samara and George Betts. She attended the ALPS Conference in Colorado to learn firsthand from George Betts. While working on her endorsement, she taught at the summer session at IU for Gifted Children.
- Jackie Olson is our phenomenal technology specialist. She has worked with the Advanced Program for the last 14 years. She taught for 33 years as well as served as the technology resource specialist at Bridgepoint Elementary. As well as co-maintaining the website, she offers enriched technology programming and serves as a Hands-on Equations specialist. She is the proud aunt of numerous nieces and nephews who are identified as high ability.
- Judith Wortham recently retired as the coordinator for the advanced program. She is a licensed school psychologist, clinical social worker, and mental health counselor and holds +30. She is licensed to teach English and psychology in grades 7-12 and taught at Jeffersonville High School prior to coming to SPS. She initiated and established the Honors Program at Jeffersonville High School. She has taught graduate level gifted and talented courses at IUS. She is the proud aunt of numerous nieces and nephews who are identified as high ability.
- Sonia Gardner offers more than 35 years of teaching experience and has served as a consultant with the advanced program for 15 years. She started a highly acclaimed multi-age program at Parkwood Elementary, created an outdoor lab and started the PES Nature Club. She was named Greater Clark Teacher of the Year and Semi-Finalist Indiana Teacher of the Year. She received the Chamber of Commerce Achievement in Education Award, Clark County Conservation Educator of the Year, and the Rotary Club Service Above Self Award. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of nine, one of whom is in the GCCS Advanced Program. She serves as a subject matter expert on Lewis and Clark for 2015-2016.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please contact us:
• Susan Stewart (Coordinator) 812-288-4840 ext. 50223 sustewart@gcs.K12.in.us
• Judie Wortham (Psychologist/Consultant) jwortham@gcs.K12.in.us