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President & Parent Representative

 Rachael Jones McAfee

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Rachael Jones McAfee

Rachael is a native Hoosier. After graduating from Indiana University in 2002, she began her career at the IU Alumni Association and continues today to connect alumni to one another and to their alma mater today. In addition to her volunteer work with The Project School, she serves on the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater board of directors and takes pride in keeping her philanthropy local. In her extra time, Rachael gardens, attends graduate school, and goes to as many concerts as possible. She is profoundly in love with her husband, two daughters (a TPS student, and TPS grad), two stepdaughters (both TPS grads), and two dogs.

Treasurer & Community Representative

 Mitzi Lewison

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Mitzi Lewison

Mitzi is professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests include school university partnerships, critical literacy, and using children’s literature to teach for social justice.  She has worked in Afghanistan since 2006 and has just completed a partnership between the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Indiana University, and Kabul Education University (KEU) that created an English master’s degree program at KEU with the aim of rebuilding teacher education in Afghanistan. Before coming to Indiana University, she spent five years developing and implementing a language arts children’s television curriculum and accompanying professional development program for the GALAXY Classroom, a nonprofit foundation with students and teachers in 400 schools across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to this, she held positions in the Montebello Unified School District—a large, urban district in Southern California—as a bilingual teacher, reading and language specialist, middle school assistant principal, and district language arts consultant. She is a two-time recipient of the IU School of Education Trustee’s Teaching Award, the Burton Gorman Teaching Award, and is co-author of Teaching Children’s Literature: It’s Critical (Routledge, 2013) and two editions of Creating Critical Classrooms: Reading and Writing with an Edge (Routledge, 2008, 2015). 

Secretary & Community Representative

 Victoria (Tori) Rogers

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Victoria (Tori) Rogers

Tori is an educator with 34 years of experience in elementary education in Bloomington - 25 years as a teacher and 9 years as an elementary principal. During those years she was active in implementing multi-age teaching and many other instructional elements in place at The Project School. After retirement, Victoria was the Educational Director at Wonderlab, a visiting lecturer at the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University, and is now volunteering, gardening, and exploring art, music, writing, and whatever strikes her fancy. She feels that serving on TPS Board of Directors is an honor and a privilege. Tori has lived in Bloomington for 47 years and has one son, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren (one deceased).

Community Representative

 Charlotte Zietlow

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Charlotte Zietlow

Charlotte has been involved in local politics and civic leadership for more than 4 decades. She was elected to Bloomington City Council 1971, in an election which changed the course of Bloomington politics and policies; elected first woman president of the City council 1972, 1973;  elected first woman Monroe County Commissioner 1980, president of board of Commissioners 1982-1988; co-founded Goods Inc. 1973; Executive Director United Way 1988-1990; Community Organizer for Planned Parenthood of South Central Indiana 1990-1995;  Economic Development Coordinator, Middle Way House, 1995-2010; served on and acted as officer in numerous boards and commissions; Trustee, Indiana State University 1988-2005; PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and taught German and linguistics in Germany, University of Michigan and Indiana University. Charlotte is one of the founding board members of TPS.

Community Representative

 Michael Horvath

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Michael Horvath

Michael was born and raised in South Bend and has been involved with education his entire  professional career. He served as an English teacher, special education teacher, and administrator in public schools in Michigan, Texas, and Indiana. After retiring from the MCCSC as the director of special education, Michael began working half time as a research associate at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. This has enabled him to stay current in the field of education. He and his wife, Barb, have lived in Bloomington since 1978. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. 

Parent Representative

 Sojourner Manns

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Sojourner Manns

Sojourner is a Bloomington native. She graduated from Indiana University in 1993. In 2011, she returned to school and studied drafting engineering at Ivy Tech Community College where she graduated in 2013. Now, she is a Senior Engineering Military Designer, employed by Bowhead Science and Technology, Inc. She is also a Board Member of Cry of the Children. Besides being an active member in her church, she enjoys spending time with her family, writing, learning new languages, and photography.

 

Community Representative

 Daniel Grundmann

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Daniel Grundmann

Dan is member of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs faculty and a 17-year veteran in the field of Human Resource Management. He was the Director of Human Resources for the City of Bloomington from 2001 to 2013, and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2000. Daniel is the Diversity Director for the Indiana State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Director of the Indiana Business Leadership Network focused on enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. He spent eight combined years on the Public Law 221 Jackson Creek Middle School and Templeton Elementary School Improvement Committees. He served on the Templeton Principal Selection Advisory Committee, the Jackson Creek Assistant Principal Selection Committee, the IU Continuing Education Advisory Committee, the Ivy Tech Office Administration Advisory Committee, and as a volunteer with the Community Partners in Reading program.