Business and Partnership Development Consultant
Shane is in his 12th year of education including eight years in Chicago and the last four years here in Central Indiana. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana University in Sports Communications, and he has a Master’s degree in Special Education and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Quincy University and National Louis University respectively. During his time in Chicago, he was the Founding Dean of Student Services and Athletic Director at Speer Academy, a campus of the Noble Network, which is one of the highest performing public charter networks in the country. Prior to that, he spent five years as an Athletic Director, Case Manager, Special Education Teacher, and Coach at Henry Ford Academy: Power House High in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood while working part-time with the Chicago Park District as a Special Recreation Coordinator. As a founding staff member at two different junctures, he was able to develop and advance Special Education and Athletic Departments that continue to set the standard in Chicago after his tenure. He also had the opportunity to redesign and develop summer recreation programming in partnership with Special Olympics during his time with the Chicago Park District. Each experience shaped his ability to create sustainable urban education and extracurricular programming throughout the Chicagoland area. Upon moving to the Indianapolis area, he was part of the founding staff for a local charter operator as the Director of Special Education. He helped prepare their Special Education systems and procedures in preparation for the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation authorization and continued to support their Special Education department during the first year of operations. More recently he worked with Indianapolis Public Schools supporting various initiatives including facilitating quarterly special education professional development, coordination of the Nonpublic and Itinerant teams, and director of the Innovation Learning Community. Shane was actively involved with the IDOE’s Indiana Inclusive Communication Matters Board, the Deaf-Blind Advisory Committee, and Unified Special Olympics. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Marian University in partnership with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and Indianapolis Teaching Fellows (ITF) facilitating their School of Special Education coursework. Shane stayed connected with the K1ds Count Therapy leadership throughout the last four years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to Serve Together with the team. Additionally, he will support the B.E.S.T team by driving the mission and vision forward in supporting adults of all abilities with meaningful employment opportunities within the community.