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Phone: 219-983-3656
Qualifications: LCSW, MBA

Jen Bognar

I have been working in education for over 25 years as a School Social Worker and Student Service Coordinator providing counseling services and behavior support to students. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago as well as a Master's in Business Administration from Indiana University Northwest. I have been working in Duneland for the past 11 years, first as a Student Service Coordinator, then as the Coordinator of MTSS and currently as the Interim Director of Exceptional Learning.  



Ezra Burke

I have been serving special education students for 17 years, 10 of those years teaching in Duneland. I have a master's degree and a license in special education, in addition to being licensed in middle school math and language arts. I was selected as the Duneland Teacher of the Year in 2023. In my new role as the Secondary Exceptional Learning Coordinator, I will oversee the high school as well as the RISE Academy and TVA programs. 


Lydia Estridge

I have worked in education for 22 years, 11 of those years in Duneland. I have a master’s degree in education and I am licensed to teach both elementary and special education; in addition to holding an Administrator’s license.  In my new role as Exceptional Learning Coordinator, I will oversee all of the elementary schools and the developmental preschool. I also serve as the President of the CHS Band Boosters. 


Nikki Saulters

This is my 10th year in education and first as a Coordinator of Exceptional Learning. The majority of my career I have worked with students who have emotional and behavioral needs, but I have also been an applied skills teacher and a paraprofessional. I coached swimming for Munster Swim Club for 12.5 years, where I had great success in developing athletes as well as helping them achieve success at the highest levels of competition. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and dog Oakley.