MULTI-CULTURAL DIVERSITY

  • Kimberly

    Kimberly Easton
    Multi-Cultural Coordinator
    812-344-6136
     
    About Kimberly
     
    Kimberly Easton, our Multicultural Diversity leader for the District, is a native of Columbus, Indiana. Easton, who founded KEI Connects, moved into the strategic communications industry after an extensive career as an award-winning Television News Anchor | Reporter. Easton has lived and worked all over the country with stints in the states of Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Kentucky including Chicago, Illinois. She’s interviewed sports legend, Hank Aaron; poet, Maya Angelou; actress, Eartha Kitt; and political figures, Jesse Jackson, Oliver North, Governor Douglas Wilder, the First Black Governor of Virginia. Easton’s recognition for professional excellence in broadcasting include the National Association of Professional Women, the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, numerous Michigan Associated Press Awards and the coveted Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster's Award.
     
    With her media talents and connections, Easton directed and assisted in the publishing of several books, one of which hit the New York Times Best Sellers list on the day of its release. Armed with a Masters Degree in Communications and The Arts, an array of experiences in the field of communications, and a threshold of cultural experiences; Easton, as our Multicultural Diversity Leader, will continue to work with BCSC’s Stakeholder Guide Teams on the following initiatives established by the District:
     
    -Diverse Curriculum
    -Restorative Justice
    -Under-represented Teacher Retention & Recruitment
    -Family Academic Achievement Network
     
    Kimberly loves traveling, swimming and spending time with family and friends, especially her 5 and 2-year old grandsons. She remains a long-time member of the National Association of Black Journalists. 
     

Multi-Cultural Diversity District Directives

  • RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

    Guide Team Challenge Statement: We, as the restorative justice guide team, will provide recommended guidelines regarding consistent process of discipline using practices to address the use of hate speech, language, and symbols across the district to protect all students and restore the harm done to all parties.

Mrs. Casey Voelz

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Mrs. Casey Voelz

Casey Voelz, Restorative Justice Guide Team Co-Chair, is starting her 3rd year as Principal of L. Frances Smith Elementary School. At Smith, she and members of her team, have attended Restorative Justice workshops, implemented aspects into their building, and developed conflict resolution practices that have helped students become successful when dealing with peer conflicts. Through her work on BCSC's Restorative Justice Team, she hopes to develop resources for the district to successfully combat racial discord in our schools by activating Restorative Justice practices.

 

Guide Team Members:

Stephanie Carmer            Fred King            Teancum Clark        Tina Green       

Jessica Recarte                Erica Schmitt'        Aida Ramirez        Fariha Hossain

  • DIVERSE CURRICULUM PRE-K-12 

    Guide Team Challenge Statement: We, as the diversity curriculum guide team, strive to ensure district-wide instructional practices are intentionally incorporating culturally responsive and sustaining practices; so we can meet the needs of students of a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities increasing representation within the content of every classroom.

Miss Andrea Behling

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Miss Andrea Behling

Andrea Behling, Diverse Curriculum Pre-K-12 Guide Team Co-Chair, is a Social Studies facilitator at CSA New Tech High School and has been teaching in the classroom for six years. Throughout her years of teaching, she is constantly exploring new ways to bring equity into her history curriculum, and adopt new ways of culturally responsive teaching to connect her content to all learners. She has facilitated Project-Based Learning workshops for Magnify Learning for four years. Through those workshops, Andrea works with school districts and individual teachers to use PBL as a method of providing equity and opportunity for all learners. Through her work with BCSC’s Diverse Curriculum Team, she hopes to help find and develop resources for the district to diversity curricula to meet the needs of and represent all students in the district.

 

Guide Team Members:

Nikhl Ajotikar      Sydell Gant         Frank Griffin       Trent Hillenburg       

Olisa Humes        Bill Jensen          Kelly Kennedy     Brenny Kummer

Greg Lewis          Greicy Patiño      Corie Williams       

  • Family Academic Achievement Network | FAAN

    Guide Team Challenge Statement: We, as a Family Academic Achievement Network will identify & support under-represented students through a family academic achievement network designed to achieve academic excellence to transition students into the next phase of their post graduate lives.

Mr. (Charles) Bob Moats

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Mr. (Charles) Bob Moats

I have worked for over 20 years in social service, youth development and education programs promoting equity and access to justice. Taught four years in Indianapolis Public Schools.

 

Guide Team Members:

Dr. Julie Bilz           Charles Edwards           Magdalena Gomez     Gene Hack       

Gwendolyn Jiminez-Nolasco      Dawn Palmer       Paulette Roberts       Shirley Trapp

  • Under-Represented Teacher Retention and Recruitment

    Guide Team Challenge Statement: BCSC’S teaching, support and administrative composition must reflect the diverse student population in the district in order to foster better outcomes for all students.

Mrs. Denise Recarte

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Mrs. Denise Recarte

Denise Recarte, Under-Represented Teacher Retention & Recruitment Guide Team Co-Chair, is originally from Utah. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in English and Spanish from Utah State University. She moved here with her husband in 2001 and has raised her three children in the Hoosier state. Denise began her career in education as a Teaching Assistant working with English Language Learners while a student at USU. Since then, she has taught English to students of all ages as well as helped them understand and navigate the complex culture of the United States.

Denise earned her Masters of Arts in Foreign and Second Language Acquisition from Indiana University. She has lived in Spain and Uruguay and has international experience in both teaching and providing professional development to teachers in the field of English language acquisition.

Currently, as Director of English Language Learning in BCSC, she promotes cross-cultural understanding in all of her efforts. With the support of the BCSC administration, she opened the BCSC Cultural Learning Center with the objective of creating a welcoming environment for newly-arrived families as well as providing the BCSC and Columbus community a variety of cultural learning opportunities.

 

Guide Team Members:

Tom Harmon           Teresa Heiny           Daniel Ho       Angela Kirkham      

Ebunoluwa Okuleye-Ash             Nick Williams       

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