Executive Coaching / Mentoring

The CIESC Executive Coaching/Mentoring program is designed to connect a retired highly successful administrator with a current administrator to provide a high level of job-specific and socio-emotional support that will enhance that individual’s chances of having a long and successful administrative career.

Connecting Administrators

Focused Mentoring

The demands of a central office or building-level administrator continue to increase, and no matter how prepared an educator might think he/she is for an administrative position, invariably once in the position individuals realize they would benefit from additional support. Although some districts may have an internal system in place to provide needed coaching/mentoring support, an outside mentor/coach may be a better fit because of availability and/or experience.

Choosing a Mentor

Step 1

The district member superintendent will contact the CIESC executive director to express interest and mutually determine the best coach/mentor for the individual receiving the coaching/mentoring.

Step 2

Once selected, the district superintendent will notify his/her administrator and the mentor will contact the mentee to arrange an initial meeting.

Step 3

A district will receive 48 hours of free coaching/mentoring service per year. If the district would like the coach/mentor relationship to continue beyond the initial complimentary hours, the district superintendent and CIESC executive director will agree on a specific number of hours at $55 dollar per hour.


A key component of a successful coach/mentor relationship is confidentiality. All communication between the coach/mentor and the mentee will be confidential, unless the mentee agrees to disclose information shared during the coaching relationship with the district’s superintendent.

What Our Districts Are Saying

Dr. Jake Allen
Mooresville Consolidated
Associate Superintendent

Through the executive mentor program, I am able to process the demands of my leadership position not only through my personal lens, but through the experience and expertise of my mentor, as well. With complete confidentiality and trust, I am able seek advice and guidance from my mentor in order to address complicated tasks and challenges with more resources than what I possess on my own. This program has fundamentally improved me as a leader and has given me confidence and wisdom beyond my years of experience.

Dr. Derek Arrowood
Hamilton Heights

Hamilton Heights School Corporation has been actively involved in the CIESC Administrative Mentoring Program since the beginning. This program has made our team stronger by allowing them to have professional conversations with leaders that have been there and done that. The strength of this program is the relationships that are generated with HHSC team members who want to better serve students working with CIESC mentors that want to help them achieve their goals.

Mr. Mike McKinney
Westfield Intermediate School
Assistant Principal

Having a mentor has been an integral part of my personal and professional growth. It has helped me stay focused on what is important; supporting my staff, my students and my school community and has been more impactful than any other professional development that I’ve been involved in. My mentor provides an outside perspective, accountability, and a champion in my corner that is there to help guide and support me without judgement. If you’re interested in continuing to reflect, learn and grow as a leader, I would strongly recommend having a mentor in your life.

Mrs. Laura Mattox
Franklin Community High School
Assistant Principal

Working with my mentor through CIESC has been the most beneficial thing for me professionally. I have been rated as a highly effective assistant principal for the past 6 years, but now I actually feel like I am being highly effective in my school setting. Taking time out of our busy schedules in administration is hard to do, but the impact this has had on me as a professional is well worth it.

Dr. Jack Parker
Mt. Vernon

Being a school administrator can be fun, engaging, energetic, and joyful. It can also be very lonely as many who we serve find the position(s) rather enigmatic. Even with the relatively few administrative colleagues in a school/district, there are times when one needs to have constructive conversations where we feel safe from judgment. Several administrators in Mt. Vernon receive support from CIESC administrative mentors. Having years of excellent leadership experiences and a desire to help others grow, the CIESC mentors provide leadership support and a friendly ear. I value the relationship I have with my own CIESC mentor. She has helped me find perspective and identify powerful leadership actions based on my needs at the time. We all need a mentor, and sometimes we need to seek them outside of our organization. CIESC has great administrative mentors!

Mr. Jarod Gatlin
Avon Community Schools
Elementary Principal

What would I do without my CIESC mentor? This partnership has afforded for me the opportunity to ask candid and “in-the-moment” questions. I can toss out many ways to solve a problem, and we can brainstorm together. The real luxury is that it’s even okay for me to say, “I have no idea what to do with this!” I have several colleagues that I can call upon for advice, but as a school principal, sometimes it’s nice to think “outside your district” and get a different lens on what’s happening. He has made me wiser and stronger — and definitely more reflective!

Mr. Ryan Morgan
Beech Grove City Schools
Middle School Principal

The CIESC mentoring program has been an absolute blessing for me in many ways. Having an experienced administrator has helped me process through difficult decisions and has provided another layer of support. We are all busy, and sometimes we allow time to be the deciding factor in our decision making. I find myself looking forward to each of our meetings no matter how busy my schedule gets. Our monthly meetings and check-ins help to recharge my battery and refresh my spirit. I am grateful for my mentor.

Our Mentors

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Kevin Caress

  • B.S. and Ph.D. Indiana University, M.S. Purdue University
  • High School Spanish teacher/coach (rural and suburban
  • Superintendent Flat-Rock Hawcreek, Frankfort,
  • Executive Director CIESC (retired 2019)
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Stan Good

  • B.S. Bluffton University (Ohio), M.S. Indiana University
  • Elementary teacher and principal
  • Middle School Principal
  • Alternative High School Principal
  • First mentor for CIESC serving a dozen Indiana districts

Maggie Hoernemann

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, M.S. Roosevelt Chicago, B.S.
    Miami of Ohio
  • Certificate University of Dijon, France
  • High School French/Spanish teacher
  • High School, Middle School, Elementary School
    administrator (suburban Chicago, rural IN)
  • Director of Human Resources, Associate Superintendent, Superintendent
    Avon Community Schools (retired 2020)

Chad Hudson

  • B.S. Indiana University, Dual M.S. programs Indiana
  • Wesleyan & Indiana University
  • Middle School Science teacher/coach (Southern Hancock
    and Warren Township)
  • Administrator Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Chief Academic Officer, Alternative/Charter Programs
  • State/National consultant virtual school programs

Mike Whitman

  • Elementary Principal, Director of Human Resources for Avon Community Schools (retired)
  • Elementary School, Middle School, University Teacher, Mentor, Consultant
  • Founding Principal of Avon Elementary School
  • Doctorate Degree in Curriculum/Instruction from Purdue

Kent DeKoninck

  • Ph.D. Indiana State University
  • B.S. IPFW
  • Superintendent Greenwood Community School Corporation (retired 2021)
  • Associate Superintendent, Avon Community School Corporation
  • Personnel Director, Perry Township Schools
  • Middle School Principal, Perry Township Schools and Carmel-Clay Schools

Cheri O’Day Marcotte

  • Ed.S.–Indiana State University, M.S.- Butler University, B.S.-Indiana University
  • Elementary Teaching Experience – Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Assistant Principal –MSD of Lawrence Township
  • Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Communications, Director of Elementary Schools, and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools–MSD of Wayne Township (Retiring June 2021)
  • Wayne Women’s Leadership Group Founder and Facilitator (10 years)

John Taylor

  • Ed.s. Indiana State University, M.S. Butler University, B.S. St. Joseph’s College
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis
  • Middle School/High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent MSD Wayne Township (retired 2021)
  • High School Assistant Principal Decatur Central High School
  • Middle School Principal Decatur Central High School
  • High School Economics Instructor

Dr. Brenda Wolfe

  • Ed.D. Indiana University, M.S. and B.S. Ball State University
  • Elementary Teaching Experience
  • Preschool Special Education Coordinator – Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Elementary Assistant Principal – MSD Washington Township
  • Elementary Principal – MSD Decatur and Lawrence Township, School Town of Speedway   (Retiring June 2022)
  • Background in Early Childhood Education and School Reform

Dr. Brian Dinkins

  • Ed. D. & Ed. S. Ball State University, B.S. Butler University, M.A.T. Oakland City University, B.A. Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor & Director of Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) – Butler University
  • District Culture, Climate, and SEL Coordinator – Indianapolis Public Schools
  • High School Principal – Indianapolis Public Schools & Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • Elementary Principal – (2) Indianapolis Charter Schools
  • National Education Consultant and Keynote Speaker

Marsha Reynolds

  • B.S. Indiana University
  • M.S. Butler University
  • Elementary Principal – Indianapolis Public Schools, MSD of Lawrence Township, Anderson Community Schools
  • Elementary Principal – MSD of Washington Township
  • Director of Elementary Education – MSD of Washington Township
  • Consultant Indiana Youth Institute

Dr. Beth Niedermeyer

  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • MS and BS Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Superintendent – Noblesville Schools (Retired 2022)
  • Assistant Superintendent – Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent – MSD of Pike Township
  • Director of Elementary Ed and Elementary principal – MSD of Pike Township
  • Elementary principal and teacher – Fort Wayne Community Schools

Dr. Maryanne McMahon

  • Ph.D. Indiana State University
  • Administration Certification, Butler University
  • B.S. Indiana State University
  • Assistant Superintendent Avon Community School Corporation (retired 2019)
  • Director of Education, Avon Community School Corporation
  • Elementary Principal, Avon Community School Corporation
  • Staff Development Consultant, Decatur Township Schools

Schedule a Mentoring Session

Ready to get started with your first mentoring session? Members can log in to their membership Dashboard to schedule a mentoring session with a specific mentor. If you are not an ESC member, or if you have questions, please submit a request and Maggie Hoernemann will reach out to help!