The First Year

A year-long series following three new teachers throughout their first year in the classroom. Throughout the course of the year, the teachers welcomed me into both their personal and professional lives, including letting me be present for an engagement. 

Rural School Districts To Legislators: Support Our Internet Access

As digital learning becomes the norm in Indiana's classrooms, many rural districts struggle to afford and install high speed internet. In many cases this means lost opportunities for the district's students.

A High School's Lesson For Helping English Language Learners Get To College

Ft. Wayne, Ind. has one of the largest populations of Burmese refugees, which is reflected in the schools. One of the high schools in the district makes special efforts to get these refugee students not only proficient in English, but to college.

Will New Diploma Types Leave Behind Special Ed Students? 

When Indiana wanted to raise standards on graduation requirements, many worried special education students would struggle to meet new standards. (A version of this story appeared on NPR's Ed blog.)


Five Years Later, Indiana's Voucher Program Functions Very Differently

Five years after the state implemented school vouchers, I wanted to take a look at the history of the program and how it evolved into costing the state millions when it was billed as a money saving initiative. 

What Did Mike Pence Do For Indiana Schools As Governor? 

When Donald Trump named Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, I quickly contributed this explainer on Pence's education policies to NPR Ed and Politics blog.

A Fight Against Failure: Two Charters Struggle With Accountability  

Two charter schools considered chronically failing by the state cater to students that struggle at traditional public schools. I reported on how their mission leads to low test scores, and therefore a failing grade by the state. 


Tips for teachers for an uncharted school year  

An animated video I created using online software to explain how new policies would specifically affect Indiana's teachers.

East Chicago Residents Scramble For Answers After Lead Found In Soil 

After the EPA found dangerous amounts of lead in the soil in East Chicago, Ind., residents discovered they would lose their homes and had many questions about their health. I reported the story and shot and edited the video.