Who We Are

We are Indiana’s Learning Community.

Together, with creative contributions from educational leaders across our state, Keep Indiana Learning is transforming the face of professional learning. The result? Relevant, engaging, and equitable learning opportunities for all Indiana students.

In partnership with the Educational Service Centers of Indiana, KInL is supported by educational stakeholders across the state. The Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC) launched Keep Indiana Learning (KInL) in 2020 as another of its innovative programs and services that enhance academic achievement and operational efficiencies.
The Keep Indiana Learning community creates a space where educators can connect and learn from peers. It’s a learning experience by Indiana educators, for Indiana educators.

The landscape of education is changing. Now, more than ever, our collective teacher voice needs to be used and heard.

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Dr. Laurie Ferry-Sales
Director of Keep Indiana Learning

Dr. Laurie Ferry-Sales has over 30 years of educational experience at national and state level professional organizations as well as serving as an Indiana high school and middle school principal, assistant principal and Executive Director of Mathematics Teaching and Learning for several organizations. She has provided professional development to over 20,000 educators during her career.

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Lena Darnay
Assistant Director of Digital Content and Strategy

Before joining CIESC, Lena served as a District Technology Integration Specialist, elementary and secondary School Library Media Specialist, and College and Career Academy Coordinator. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Trainer, and Canvas LMS Advocate.

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Courtney Flessner
Professional Learning Specialist

Courtney Flessner spent 17 years working in K-8 schools as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator. Prior to joining the CIESC, she taught elementary math methods course at IUPUI for seven years and served as the Assistant Director for the Partnership for Inquiry Learning. She is currently working to complete her PhD from Indiana University in Educational Leadership and Policy and Mathematics Education.

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Jessica Miller
Professional Learning Specialist

Jessica has been in the field of education since 2008. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Butler University and received her Elementary/Middle School Math Specialist Master’s Degree from Ball State. Prior to joining the CIESC, Jessica served as an elementary classroom teacher, STEM Teacher/Coach, and Instructional Coach.

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Jeff Harker
Professional Learning Specialist

Jeff Harker is a 32 year veteran of Mathematics education. During his career he also spent 5 years as a Literacy Coach and has conducted workshops at the district, state, and national levels, and for schools around the country. He is Quantile certified and a certified Teacher Clarity Playbook trainer.

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Martie Hoofer
Keep Indiana Learning Manager

Martie Hoofer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Master’s degree from Ball State University. She was a technical trainer for USA Group and Sallie Mae for 12 years.  She also taught middle school reading and writing for 12 years.

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Elizabeth Johnson
Professional Learning Coordinator

Before coming to Keep Indiana Learning, Elizabeth Johnson worked as an office coordinator at Borshoff and as a sales and customer service representative for RCI. She graduated from Carmel High School and attended courses at Butler University.

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