|Special Programs Director
Ms. Cook has been an educator for 30 years, 15 of which as a Coordinator of Special Programs. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with a Specialty in Reading Instruction and a minor in German from Indiana University-Bloomington. She holds a Master’s degree in School Administration from Butler University and certification as a Literacy Collaborative Coach from Purdue University. Ms. Cook started her career as a 1st grade teacher in Decatur Township and then became the first multi-age teacher for the district. She taught 4th and 5th grade as well. Ms. Cook was also the principal of the Decatur Discovery Academy, an Expeditionary Learning School for grades 7-12 in Decatur Township. Ms. Cook was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Indianapolis, teaching courses in reading as well as Master’s courses on principal leadership. She has spoken at numerous national conferences on literacy instruction and has also spoken twice at the World Congress of Reading. Mrs. Cook currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Teachers of Writing.
Roles and Responsbilities:
Ms. Cook writes, implements, and reconciles the district’s Title I, II, and III grants. She implements the district's English learner (EL) programs. Her responsibilities also include setting student goals for the school year. Ms. Cook oversees the student testing, selection, and communications of the High Ability programs. She also provides professional development to both EL teachers and those in the High Ability programs.