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Mr. Cleary

Mr. Cleary earned a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from Purdue University Northwest.  He will be completing his Master's Degree in Special Education from Indiana University Northwest this fall. Mr. Cleary has spent the last four years in Portage teaching Special Education at Fegley Middle School. Prior to that, he spent one year as the Media Secretary at WIS. He also spent two years in Portage working with AmeriCorps as an elementary school tutor, and one year as a Title One Assistant.

Mr. Cleary and his wife of 14 years have a 17-year-old cat and a young energetic pug. When not teaching, he enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, board games, chess, or going to the coffee shop and listening to music. He also likes all things Science Fiction, and loves both Star Trek and Star Wars. 

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Mr. Doolin

Mr. Doolin earned his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Ball State University, teaching certifications (general and special education) from Indiana University, and a Master's degree in Special Education from Purdue University. He began teaching Special Education at WIS in 2004. Before that, he taught special education at Flint Lake Elementary (Valparaiso) and Willowcreek Middle School (Portage). 

He grew up in Westville and  has spent his entire life in "The Region."  When not in the classroom, he enjoys anything baseball– this includes his 25 + years as a member of the Deep River Grinders Vintage Baseball Team, as well as working in the summer for the Chicago Cubs. You can also occasionally find him in the Dunes State Park with his dog.

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Mrs. Kay Key-Tatum

Mrs. Key-Tatum graduated from Ball State University with hopes of going to law school and becoming a family law attorney.  As life would have it, she found out years later that her purpose was not only to teach but to be a special education teacher and serve those students that would need her more, so she returned to college and completed the teaching program. During this time, she has had the pleasure of working at all three levels, from elementary, middle, and high school. Mrs. Key-Tatum loves teaching special education and watching her students gain confidence. She says special education teachers are superheroes with invisible capes! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children she birthed, and 3 bonus daughters she has been blessed to help raise.  Mrs. Key-Tatum and her family love traveling, swimming, camping, reading, and scouting.  
 

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Mrs. Martin

In 2010, Mrs. Martin earned a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois majoring in Special Education for the Deaf. Her first year of teaching was as a Title 1 Assistant. Then, she taught at Carle Auditory Oral School as a Deaf Educator in Urbana, Illinois for 4 years. Mrs. Martin moved to Indiana in 2015 for her husband’s job and stayed home with her children for over 2 years. In February 2018, Mrs. Martin was hired as a Teacher of the Deaf/HH with PCES and began working in the Duneland Schools. This will be her 6th school year, providing direct instruction and consultation services to students who are deaf/hard of hearing at WIS. 

Mrs. Martin has been married to her husband, Thomas, for 12 years and lives in Valparaiso.  They have two children who both attend Yost Elementary. She enjoys playing outside with her kids, crafting, watching K-dramas, and listening to music. 

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Ms. Padro

I have had a rich teaching experience over the past 28 years. I have worked in many different schools in several different states and Puerto Rico, including a school for the deaf. Three years ago, I moved to the Duneland area after having lived in CT, NY, PA, AZ, and PR. During my career I have taught special education, home economics, workshop and physical education. Currently, I am serving as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) teacher for the Duneland School District. By the way, I, too, am deaf, so I enjoy working with students who have special needs. My goal is to have an adventurous experience with teachers and students this year.

 
Personally, I have a passion to enjoy life every day. In the summer, I sometimes travel as a missionary to different islands, volunteer to minister the homeless, and serve those in need by helping with donations, like turkeys and Christmas trees during the holidays. I also advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community through exhibitions and by teaching ASL classes. I always take advantage of hiking, biking, and mountaineering opportunities, not to mention home and RV remodeling. I enjoy being creative and have learned that there is nothing to fear. Smile!

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Ms. Sullivan

Miss Sullivan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University Northwest in 2020.  Immediately after graduation, she started her Masters in Special Education at Youngstown University in Ohio and graduated in 2022. She has spent the last 3 years teaching 6th grade in Michigan City at Pine Elementary.

Miss Sullivan grew up and lives in Valparaiso with her 3 cats. She loves spending her free time in LaPorte at the Jane Bernard Animal Adoption Center taking care of the dogs and cats that are in need of their forever home. 

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Mr. Trezak

Mr. Trezak earned his Bachelors degree in Health Sciences and Community Health Education/Promotion from Ball State University. This education focused on promoting community wellness inclusive for all people, co-active instruction and coaching, and the teaching of lifestyle competencies. From there, he went on to acquire extensive experience in public health and wellness, culminating in him becoming a community wellness advocate, grant director, and prevention coordinator for mental wellbeing, substance abuse prevention, and suicide prevention. He is a certified instructor of both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, the QPR Model for Suicide Prevention, and Crisis Intervention Team Coordination. He believes in the power of interpersonal communication and loves working with people to enrich their lives through education. He is currently earning his second Degree in Special Education through Indiana Wesleyan University.

When he is not in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and pursuing creative hobbies such as cooking and playing music. He also loves athletics and researching various areas of interest. 

 

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