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Local Women Find Success Out of the Gate This month’s cover feature is the story of the incredible and unlikely success of two local women, Shara Weaver and Micki Roche, in the world of breeding and racing horses. It is also the story of how, with little prior experience, they have teamed up to forge a terrific business partnership and friendship that has also surpassed their wildest expectations. Writer // Janelle Morrison • Cover photo // Theresa Skutt


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Offering Integrative Psychological and Psychiatric Treatments for Adults and Children Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

Whether you are looking for adult or child psychological services, Evergreen Psychological Services offers an extensive range of expertise to meet the diverse needs of all of its clients at its private practice in Zionsville.


pened in April 2017, Evergreen Psychological Services was founded by Zionsville resident, Kelly C. Young, PsyD., HSPP. Dr. Young received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Miami University, her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton, and her PsyD. from the University of Indianapolis. “I was working in a private practice for about 10 years in Indianapolis and was ready to start my own [practice],” Dr. Young said. “I decided to open the practice here in Zionsville because I love the community and enjoy being part of this community, but also because I noticed that there was a need for the type of practice that I wanted to develop – a comprehensive psychological services practice that would include medication management as well as therapy from a variety of perspectives.” Since its opening, Evergreen has brought on a licensed social worker and more psychologists who are experts in a variety of specialized therapies to work with the adult and child clientele. The latest addition to the Evergreen team is Brett A. Presley, MD, board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Young added, “We brought on our psychiatrist, Brett, so we would be able to fill the need for medication management as well as the therapy expertise that he brings to our practice.” Dr. Presley is originally from Angola, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Presley completed his psychiatry residency at Indiana School of Medicine and is

a board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has worked with a variety of populations, including the HIV/AIDS population in the height of the epidemic. In the current opioid crisis, Dr. Presley has been working with people from all walks of life with opioid addiction and dependence. His work as associate medical director for a large community mental health center as well as numerous other leadership positions within his industry have allowed Dr. Presley to work in many diverse settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, Suboxone clinics, crisis units, and pharmaceutical research. Prior to completing his psychiatry residency, he studied Obstetrics and Gynecology. His experience in that field and understanding of medication management through pregnancy makes him an asset for pregnant women who are struggling with their mental health. Dr. Presley changed the trajectory of his medical training course and switched his focus from the OB/GYN field to psychiatry because he was intrigued by the rapidly developing psychiatry field where new treatments were being introduced and research dollars were actively being spent. “The [psychiatric] industry was the ‘big boom’ at that time,” Dr. Presley explained. “We were just learning about neurotransmitters, serotonin, and how the new medications were working. It drew me back to my psychology background, and after I graduated in 1997, I went to work for a community mental health center where I was for 21 years. I did six years of pharmaceutical clinical research and have ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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done telepsychiatry for various places around the state that were underserved. I have also sat on various nonprofit boards.” Dr. Presley has a strong conviction about the quality of care that his clients should receive and shares that philosophy with Dr. Young and the rest of the Evergreen team. “It is important to look at people as a whole being,” he emphasized. “Medication is just another tool in our toolbox of treating people and helping them get well. Medications are oftentimes very helpful for people to get the most out of therapy. When people are in great distress or are having severe symptoms, they are not often able to participate in therapy or get much out of it until their symptoms get a little more under control. At that point, they can blossom and take off with their progress through therapy.” Dr. Presley works with his clients’ primary care doctors who are treating them for other medical ailments and believes in treating the whole person, not just focusing on the specific psychiatric diagnosis. He also believes in the benefit of holistic treatment methods in addition to traditional Western medicine. “I don’t believe in running patients through like cattle,” he said. “It is not an appropriate way to treat people. I am not here to just write prescriptions for people. I will spend as much time with folks as they need, and they can meet with me as frequently as needed. I feel that therapy is an integral part of clients’ recovery and wellness, so we have a coordinated team of therapists here [at Evergreen]. It’s a team approach, including the client as a major part of the team for achieving his/her goals.” For more information or to schedule an appointment at Evergreen Psychological Services, LLC, visit or call 317-520-4650.

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Over the last few months, The House that Beer Built campaign has provided several local businesses and residents an opportunity to assist in building not just a physical house but a home for one soon-to-be-local mom, Sarah Burns, and her young daughter right here in Boone County.


abitat for Humanity of Boone County (HFHBC) launched the House that Beer Built campaign in Boone County with construction on the house beginning this past June. What made this build unique from other HFHBC builds is that it involved several local restaurants and breweries in and around Boone County – too many to name here. Participating breweries and restaurants partnered with HFHBC by hosting events

where a portion of the proceeds went to the build or by donating a part or all of the proceeds of a “habitat” tap beer. The cost of construction for The House that Beer Built is $90,000, and that is being raised by the various fundraisers and generous donors. One of those generous donors is Kent Esra. Esra and his wife, Liz, are the proprietors at Cobblestone, located in downtown Zionsville. “Sun King donated beer, and we have a tap that is the ‘Habitat


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Tap,’” Kent said. “If you order that beer, 100 percent of the proceeds are going to Habitat. As far as Habitat is concerned, it’s a cause that is important to me because I want to help people get a home. I’d like to keep it [Habitat Tap] going for a while and see what we can help raise.” Sarah Burns is already a familiar face in Boone County. She is the Event Coordinator for the Parks Department at the Town of Whitestown. Burns has a 7-year-old daughter for whom she shares custody with her ex-husband. “I got a really small apartment in Brownsburg after I got divorced, but the rent was astronomical, and I couldn’t afford to stay there,” Burns said. “I had to start looking for options.” Burns quickly realized that her options for a clean, safe living environment were incredibly limited. At that time, she was also working at Books & Brews in Zionsville where she met a group of locals who have become her friends and champions throughout the build. Many have been key players in the fundraising efforts before they even knew that Burns would eventually be named the prospective homeowner. Brad and Sally Mitchell, Zionsville residents and craft beer appreciators, met Burns at Books & Brews. “We originally got involved with the fundraising because of the beer part of it,” Brad said. “But when we came out and helped one weekend and then we came out for another weekend, we found out that once you go two weekends, you become invested in the outcome, so we kept coming back.” Another member of Burns’ support group and fellow build member, Bob, a Zionsville resident, heard about the build through a friend and found the idea intriguing. “We knew Sarah from Books & Brews and had told her that she needed to apply,” Bob said. “I had worked on a Habitat build in Milwaukee, WI, and was really wanting to do that more often, so it just so happened that I was able to put in the whole month of June working on the House that Beer Built and the Faith House. It has been a great experience.”


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We heard from Burns’ friend, Roy, who lives in Whitestown and who is also part of the Tuesday evening group that meets at local breweries and enjoys raising money for this build. “I met this group doing one of the things that we have in common, having a bee,r and we started talking about the House that Beer Built,” Roy said. “I had been let go from my job and had some time that I needed to fill with something. This [the build] was that something. I knew Sarah, and when I found out that she was going to be the homeowner, I was like ‘Wow.’ Having a hand in a house for someone that you personally know makes it even more special.” Two more gentlemen weighed in on their experiences with Habitat and what being involved means to them. “I’m on staff with Habitat,” said Sonny, construction supervisor. “Being a part of it means a lot to me. I was a combat vet

who came back home with severe PTSD and other medical problems. I wouldn’t even leave my home. Habitat actually saved my life. I meet a lot of good people through Habitat, and most of my friends are people that I’ve met through Habitat. It’s a wonderful experience being able to help people like Sarah.” The last voice in the group, Brad, has been living in the area since 2000 and was involved with Habitat in Iowa where he is from. He has been an integral part of the fundraising efforts and in spreading the word among those in the local craft beer industry. “I initially got involved with faith builds,” Brad said. “I got re-involved when I moved here, and I knew that there were enough people interested in craft beer with big hearts who have been involved with Habitat before, so I thought that if we got the Boone County brewers on board and then got the word out so we could then leverage

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Out of the Gate Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Theresa Skutt and Conrad Photographs

What would you do if you found yourself at a certain age in life with bountiful acreage, a boarding barn, a broodmare and a young colt? Keep in mind that you didn’t buy into these things with any grandiose plans of becoming a racehorse owner, but what if, suddenly, you found yourself well positioned on one of life’s fast tracks? Would you run like the wind alongside the possibilities? Two local ladies bound by one special horse did, and they are thoroughly enjoying the unexpected path that this horse is leading them on.


ionsville resident Shara Weaver and her business partner, Carmel resident Micki Roche, were brought together for a purpose in their lives, and they strongly believe that the purpose is to have as much fun as they possibly can with their business venture, 2OB (2 Old Broads), LLC. “John and I bought our property, Stonegait Farm, in Zionsville seven years ago,” Weaver said. “The owners had a boarding business there, and when they decided to move away, we had to find someone to manage the barn.”

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Through a mutual acquaintance, Weaver and Roche were introduced. Roche has a background in managing a horse farm and caring for horses. Prior to meeting Weaver, she had a dream of one day having her own barn. “We [Micki and I] became fast friends,” Weaver said. Roche added, “I came down for an interview, and we just hit it off.” “John and I never wanted to run a boarding business,” Weaver shared. “We had a business in Chicago that took up most of our time, so within a few months of Micki being an employee, she

had shared that she had some property and that, one day, she wanted to have her own barn. I asked her, ‘Why don’t you just have this barn? Rent it from us and run your business out of here?’ It wasn’t even a year after that when we started renting to her.” Roche currently operates her boarding business, CTE Horsecoats, at Stonegait Farm in Zionsville. According to the two ladies, they had discussed the concept of breeding Standardbreds on the farm and selling them. With Roche’s knowledge and experience with the breed, the two figured it would be fun, and it made sense. “We thought that we’d buy a broodmare and have some babies on the farm,” Weaver said. Then Roche added, “We didn’t plan on keeping them. We were going to take them to the [Yearling] sale and sell them.” The two created their partnership 2OB, LLC with the plan to breed and sell Standardbreds. That was the plan. What actually happened was these two ladies purchased Shannon Hall, a broodmare and retired racehorse, and not too long after, the ladies welcomed Shannon Hall’s fifth foal and the ladies’ first foal, Two O B Wonkenobi “Tobe” to the farm. With the intention of consigning Tobe at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the two traveled to Lexington and were optimistic about the really high prices that the horses were going for. But they learned that you just don’t take your horse to the sale. To ensure that it is “worthy” of being sold at the Lexington sale, your horse must be vetted prior to. “Randy Manges, the sales manager for Lexington Selected Yearly Sales Co., came up to see Tobe,” Weaver said. “Now, I’m a business person, a salesperson, not a horse person. Shannon Hall’s first foal sold for $85,000 ten years ago and had a decent career on the track. With that little bit of information, I had this high dollar value on Tobe. Randy came out and told us that we had a ‘decent colt,’ but it was obvious that he was underwhelmed.” The partners engage in a conversation with Manges about what he thought

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they could get for Tobe at the sale, and his response knocked the wind right out of their sails. “He told us that we could probably get $35,000 to $40,000, and I was like ‘Whoa,’” Weaver said. “We were thinking way north of that. Closer to $100,000. It’s like when you have kids, you think that they are better than what everybody else thinks. He began asking questions that we should’ve asked when we bought Shannon Hall. Questions like what’s her breeding history? How many foals has she had, and what became of them? We know that she had four foals prior to Tobe, and we know that her first foal made a couple hundred thousand dollars, the second one a few thousand and we don’t know what happened to the two foals after that. They have no winnings or track records.” Before his departure, Manges left the partners with valuable advice. “He suggested that we need to create a ‘story’ if we want to make Tobe a $100,000 horse,” Weaver said. “He also suggested that we could sell him in Ohio because he is Ohiosired, and you get more money where a horse is sired. While that is true, I was kind of offended.” “Again, just like one of your own kids, Tobe is ours, and we thought more highly of him,” Roche said. “Manges also suggested that we put him [Tobe] in training. He said, ‘If he’s as good as you both think he is and he starts doing well on the track, then her [Shannon Hall] next foal is going to be worth more, and you will be creating that story.’” Weaver added, “We never once thought about having a horse in training, let alone owning a racehorse. We were just going to have babies and sell them.” With that fateful decision, the partners had to find a trainer for Tobe. Roche and her husband, Kevin, were already acquainted with one of Indiana’s best trainers in harness racing, Ernie Gaskin. He and his wife, Darla, have a farm near Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana. Gaskin initially declined the request to train Tobe. He strictly trained only his horses. It took some convincing and a fateful phone call with Gaskin’s wife

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before the couple agreed to take on Tobe and begin training him for the track. Fast forward, Tobe began his training two years ago in October and has proven to his owners and those who once graded him as “average” that he is a champion horse. He recently won the Governor’s Cup Trot August 4 at Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH, with a purse of $57,700. Now he is a contender for the upcoming Ohio Sires Stakes (OHSS) Championship at Scioto Downs that will be held September 8 and offers a $275,000 purse. As of August 27th, Tobe has had 14 starts this year and 20 career starts. He has 8 total career wins-6 wins this year. “Our trainer Ernie keeps saying, ‘I don’t think you ladies understand that this doesn’t happen. You’re spoiled,’” Roche said. “By deciding to race Tobe, Shara and I were hopeful that we could improve the story on Shannon Hall, so her foals that we sell would have more value while putting Tobe on a good path to make him successful.” Both Weaver and Roche praise the Gaskins as well as his caretaker Dara Hatcher and his main driver Sam Widger for the level of care and compassion that they give Tobe. “We are responsible breeders,” Weaver said. “There are breeding farms that just turn them out, and we aren’t going to do that. We do everything that we can for the mare and the foal, and we pick the best sire to make sure that we have a good result at the end. Ernie, Darla and Dara respect the horses and take

good care of them. Ernie’s philosophy is to keep Tobe sound and conditioned, so at the end of the season when the sire stakes and big money races are coming up, Tobe is conditioned and prepared for those races.” “Tobe’s driver Sam knows when Tobe is in the lead that he can let off of him and let him coast,” Roche said. “He doesn’t drive him harder. Tobe enjoys being on the track. When a horse really likes their job, you can see it. If you look at the horses when they come up to the starting gate, they are prepared and are sizing up their competition. When the horses get a little too close to Tobe, he goes a little faster, and he doesn’t want to lose. It’s great to watch. He has such heart.” Circling back to their pal Manges, Roche said that he has become a fan of theirs and of Tobe. “Randy is happy for us,” she said. “Anytime we have questions, we can call him. He even came out to see Shannon Hall’s newest foal Beaner and told us, ‘I think this is the nicest yearling I’ve seen so far this year.’” Tobe’s brother Beaner will be trackready next season. Weaver added, “We’ll just be thrilled if he [Beaner] has any measure of the success that Tobe has had. But for now, we’re just two old broads with our two old husbands, having the time of our lives.” For more information on CTE Horsecoats, contact Micki Roche at 317-250-0318 or email at

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After more than two decades since the original release, Melissa Etheridge is enthralling audiences, once again, on the Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour. Her breakthrough fourth album, Yes I Am, included the Top 10 single “I’m the Only One” and the Grammy-winning “Come to My Window.”

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nown for her confessional lyrics and gritty, soulful vocals, this Grammy® and Academy Award winner has been one of rock’s most respected performers and songwriters for decades. Etheridge’s many hits have included “Bring Me Some Water” and “I Want to Come Over.” Don’t miss An Evening with Melissa Etheridge: Yes I Am 25th Anniversary Tour at The Palladium, Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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PALLADIUM: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT 7:30 P.M. It’s been 30 years since you left Leavenworth, KS, for California and first stepped out onto the music scene. What are your immediate thoughts as you reflect back? First of all, it went by so doggone fast. The first thought that I have is “Wow, it really slipped by.” It was something that I had been waiting so long for, and you never really know when you’re in it and that it’s happening until you stop and go, “Whoa, that was 25 years ago. Holy cow!” That’s the first feeling that I get. People would ask me when my first album came out 30 years ago, “Where do you see yourself in 20 or 30 years?” and I’d always say, “I hope that I’m still making music, that people want to come see me and that I’m a piece of their life.” And that is exactly what I have now. People come to the shows and share their lives. They have been putting my music into their lives for 25 years now, and that means a lot. It’s a real relationship that you just don’t get from an audience until you’ve put the years in. You won two Grammys in ‘92 and ‘93 and won an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in ‘96. Knowing that those accolades may have meant something different to you at those times, what do you think about those moments now at this point in your career? I see the way this industry is built, and for a while there, I was in the nexus of it. It’s something that when I was in it, I didn’t really know that I was in it. I was at the top of the mountain. And it’s good to be there, to experience it and leave your mark, but you can’t live there. You can’t stay there. A lot of people try to, and it eats them up. You have to breathe and move on and do things. It’s something that you remember, but you have to move on and grow from it. You have to have different meanings. I went on and had children, and my life has a very different meaning. I love every element of it, and I love my music – It’s

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a huge part of my life, but it is not my whole life. I think that’s what keeps me sane. Rather than ask you to define success, I would like to ask you to define purpose and how you continue to live your purpose. Whew … yeah. I think a lot of people become fatalists, and they think that there is some “purpose” or fate that has been predestined for them. And they either live it or they’re not living it, but I don’t quite subscribe to that. I believe that our purpose is to create in this incredible reality set-up that we have here. I think that we are given all of these gifts, such as perception and possibility, and it is up to us to create love or we create fear. In every moment and everything we do, we choose one of those, and that creates our path. Then in that path, you just constantly create. My purpose is to create and to create as much love as possible – as much love for myself, music and for others.

realize it. It can be a real journey to getting to that realization. I’m 14 years cancer-free now, and I define my journey in a certain way and with a set of beliefs that I have. A lot of people don’t believe what I believe, and that’s okay too, but every year that goes by, it proves to me that I’m making the right choices for myself.

Look back over the last three decades and at the triumphs and trials of your career. When you look at the next generations of singer/songwriters, do you feel that it’s easier or more difficult for them nowadays? Do you feel that they are braver and bolder than artists were in the ‘80s and ‘90s? I don’t think the younger generations are any more or less brave or committed. I think each generation is presented with its own issues. I have children in this next generation. They range from 11-21. I know how they see the world, and they do not see the divides PALLADIUM that are leftover and deep in PERFORMER SPOTLIGHT In previous interviews, some of us in our generation you have spoken about one that permeated through the ‘60s, fateful night in Ottawa, Canada. ‘70s and ‘80s. I do think the younger You have talked about looking at the generations are smarter, and I always think universe, wondering what was next that we’re moving up, always towards a betin your life, and later that night, you ter situation. Diversity is here, and you can’t found a lump in your breast. You turn it back now. released “The Awakening” after your diagnosis. What would you say now to This will be your third visit to The people who are fighting the good fight Palladium. Was there something in about how to get through a diagnosis particular that you really enjoyed about of cancer or other disease? it that’s bringing you back, or are we I would say that if or when you get a diagnojust that great of an audience for you? sis of a breakdown of a system in your body [Laughing] I do remember it is a lovely place or a disease, it’s all in how you perceive it. to play, and I think Indiana is a good place We all have an opportunity to look at health to bring people together and sing. I look forand disease in many ways. You can look at ward to being there. You will hear all of the it like it happened “to me” or “I caught it” tracks [from “Yes I Am”], and I am planning or “I got this” or “My genes are faulty.” We on doing at least one of the bonus tracks have an opportunity to look at it and say, that have been added back. “I have a responsibility in this. I have the reasonability, not only in the food that I eat What’s next for you? Are you back in the and the actions that my body takes but also studio, or what’s the plan after this tour? the thoughts that I think. Am I thinking I’ve been making a new album, and it should thoughts that are making me healthy, or am I be ready for release at the end of the year/ thinking thoughts that are making me sick?” beginning of next year. Let’s just say 2018 has There is so much control that we actually been a very inspirational year, and we’re only have over our own health, and we just don’t halfway through.

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Responsive Educational Opportunities at Primrose Schools Writer // Deb Brandt

Primrose Schools is a national system of accredited private schools that provide premier early education and childcare experiences for children and families. Carmel and Zionsville Primrose Schools are committed to preparing children for success as learners and in life. From the franchise owners to the professional educators, everyone at the three Carmel and one Zionsville Primrose School locations seeks to meet the early learning needs of children and their families. Why is early childhood education so important? According to the World Economic Forum, today’s children will work in jobs one day that have yet to be created. Think of it: Research suggests that 65 percent of the jobs people will hold in the future do not exist today. This makes educating young children a challenge. Primrose Schools are up to the challenge as they seek to implement best practices in early childhood education while remaining cognizant of the influences of education over the long term. “We’ve taken a step to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into programming for even the youngest children attending Primrose,” explained Carmel franchise owner Scott Smith. From reading readiness, writing, science and engineering to mathematics development, research, technol-

ogy and the creative arts, Primrose is helping children build experiences and skills towards the future. Using research-informed instructional models, Primrose Schools draw on early learning philosophers, such as Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky, blended with the most current findings of early childhood development and research. In early 2017, Primrose Schools sponsored a national survey of human resource professionals responsible for hiring. The survey revealed that skills, such as adaptability, problem-solving and teamwork, are essential to workplace success. Yet 70 percent of the HR managers reported that entry-level employees are rarely proficient in these skills. These findings are backed by research from The Harvard Center for the Developing Child, which reports that early life experiences influence a child’s capacity for executive functioning skills in adulthood. As a result, Primrose Schools are focusing their efforts on providing early learning experiences designed to build and enhance these skills in early childhood. At Primrose Schools, children develop these skills through:

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At Primrose Schools, learning is fun and dynamic while building the confidence in each child. To learn more about the Primrose Schools in Carmel and Zionsville, visit their websites, make an appointment for a school tour or attend one of their community events. “We offer events that are open to the public as well as those for current families,” explained Carmel franchise owner Bryan Bowman. “Recently, we partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to host the Touch a Truck event. It was a fundraiser for the Foundation while offering families an experience with vehicles that fascinate young children.” In October, the three Carmel Primrose Schools will sponsor the Ghosts and Goblins 5K Run. Bowman added that area franchise owners often work together to provide services that are best for families and the communities where they are located.

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Children are naturally curious. From an early age, they are exploring the world around them and learning at the same time. That is why the Goddard Schools faculty and staff encourage a child’s curiosity by incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) through play-based activities that are fun and accessible. The Goddard School is renowned for its F.L.E.X. Learning Program that is aligned with the organization’s core values. These values include play and exploration, diverse programming, student empowerment, 21st century skills, STEAM and literacy, quality questions and encouragement and individualization. They also include safety and security, research, outdoor time and risk and failure. “For 30 years, parents and families have trusted The Goddard School to nurture, encourage and educate their children,” said West Carmel owner Lynn Newkirk.

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“As parents, Joe and I appreciate the benefits The Goddard School offered our children. When we ask parents what makes The Goddard School in West Carmel special, we consistently hear ‘the teachers.’ We find parents are attracted to The Goddard School because we offer a safe, loving and nurturing environment with a wide variety of enrichment programs.” Among the unique opportunities at West Carmel is The Goddard School’s Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The space features thriving garden areas, which include plenty of soil for digging and exploration as well as raised beds for planting various vegetables. Megan Greek, the owner of The Goddard School City Center, also identifies the

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highly educated and experienced teachers as the most influential part of children’s learning at the school. “All of our Lead Teachers possess a degree in Education, which lends a higher level of investment and professionalism to the classroom,” Greek explained. The Goddard School City Center is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), explained Greek, giving it the highest rating for the State of Indiana. The accreditation is earned by each individual school. “I have three young children of my own, the youngest of which is still attending my school full-time,” Greek said. “My perspective as a parent only strengthens my ability to provide the best possible learning environment for our students as well as our faculty. Our school is best known for being a very warm, loving and nurturing program. We value safety and security above all else and feel that children learn best when they feel loved and secure!” To learn more about The Goddard Schools located in Carmel and Zionsville, visit their websites where you can schedule a personal facility tour. The Goddard Schools have an open-door policy, so parents are welcome to drop in and meet teachers and see classrooms in action.

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British Swim School, best known for its education of water safety as an essential survival skill taught in a fun and gentle environment, continues its nationwide expansion with a new pool location in the state of Indiana. This Carmel location marks the 21st state for the British Swim School franchise. The new Carmel location will be run by first-time franchisees and married duo Katie and Greg Blair, who immersed themselves into the British Swim School system after searching for programs to enroll their three-year-old son. Not able to find a solution, the Blairs decided that the British Swim School model and curriculum would serve the community well. “Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children and is entirely preventable. My husband and

I connect with the motto of ‘Survival of the Littlest’ and the strong emphasis British Swim School places on safety,” said Katie Blair, British Swim School franchisee. “This business allows us to teach a critical life-saving skill in fun and engaging classes to students of all ages. At the same time, it also allows us to benefit the entire community through outreach and education.” Not only are they looking forward to teaching students at their pools to be safe and happy swimmers, but Greg and Katie are also excited to bring British Swim School’s Water Watcher and water safety message to a broader audience through community events, school presentations, and other special events and partnerships. British Swim School offers a twostep curriculum teaching children and adults of all ages, some as young as three months, water safety and survival skills, along with swimming skill development. While parental supervision is always the number one safety measure, research shows that participation in formal swim

programs, such as those offered by British Swim School, can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children who are most at risk for deaths caused by drowning. Since 1981, British Swim School has been dedicated to teaching water survival skills to children as young as three months old. CEO Rita Goldberg founded British Swim School in Manchester, England and developed the unique and highly effective teaching methods that are a recognized trademark of the brand. British Swim School is now headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The company offers lessons out of multiple national fitness chains and hotel pools year-round, based on the premise that children progress at different rates. Each child, regardless of age, is placed in their correct skill level and will have certain achievable objectives. The small class sizes and multiple pool locations means each student receives individualized attention and focused instruction time. British Swim School operates in nearly 200 schools in 21 states within the U.S., and holds nearly 15,000 lessons per week nationally, and conducted nearly 600,000 swimming lessons in 2017. The newly opened British Swim School is located at the Residence Inn Carmel, which is at 11895 N. Meridian St., Carmel, IN 46032 and the SpringHill Suites Carmel on 11855 N. Meridian St. For more information about British Swim School in Hamilton County call 317-406-0369 or 317-406-0373 or visit our website - www.britishswimschool. com/hamiltoncounty. LEFT Owners Katie and Greg Blair, son DJ and dog Brittar

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As a child, did you ever imagine that you were an archeologist digging for mummies in your backyard or a geologist hunting in local creek beds in search of “crystals” (geodes)? Two Zionsville High School graduates have spent their college careers and recently their summers doing what many of us only imagined doing as youngsters. Now they are preparing to make honest careers out of digging in the dirt.


ack Miles is attending Miami University of Ohio and majoring in geology. Like many high school students, he was unsure of what his course in life would ultimately be, but what he did know early on was that of all of his classes, he thoroughly enjoyed his geology class. “In high school, the only class that I really liked was geology,” Miles said. “But when I applied for college, I listed ‘business major’ because I still didn’t know what I wanted to be. Then at my freshman orientation when I was picking my classes,

I remember asking a professor there what kind of classes I should be looking at signing up for, and the professor suggested that I pick whatever interested me. There are pages and pages of classes to pick from, and I was overwhelmed.” Miles said he saw a class on natural disasters, and it interested him. He remembered enjoying his geology classes, so he signed up. “I asked one of my professors what I could do with a degree in geology, and he said, ‘You can go into the oil industry, fracking, construction doing site surveying, ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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or you can work for the government. Oh, and you get to spend a ton of time outside.’ And I said, ‘I’m sold.’ And that was when I knew I wanted to go into geology. In geology, there is a lot of reading and developing graphs. Being dyslexic, graphs and I just jive together. I can look at a topographic map and make complete sense of it.” One of the requirements for graduating with a major in geology at Miami is for students to complete a field camp that takes the students to various “mapping” sites in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho where they put their knowledge to the test.


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“We learned so much,” Miles said. “When we first arrived, we started with the basics, and by the end of the trip, we were like masters. Miami is well-known for this camp to the extent that other students attended from other colleges from all over the U.S. It [field camp] is like summer camp, only with beer, but it really does prepare you for the ‘real world.’” Miles, his fellow students, professors and their teaching assistants drove out in the middle of “nowhere” to where the “big rocks” are. The group’s first stop was in Jackson, Wyoming. “In Wyoming, there is active orogeny unlike Indiana, which is super flat,” Miles explained. “I probably said ‘wow’ 10 times each time we went somewhere, looking at the mountains. I tell everybody that the sky looks bigger out in Montana and Wyoming.” At the start of the course, Miles said they covered the basics, such as identifying salt and honing their mapping skills. “About a week and a half in, we started doing the real purpose of the course where we use GPS and blank topographic maps. Mapping is done by hand,” Miles said. “The professors would take us to different outcrops in mapping areas; most were on steep cliffs. We used HCL (hydrochloric) acid that when poured onto a rock, it gives us different characteristics, so we can identify different rock formations. For example, if you put HCL acid on limestone, it fizzes.” Miles described the daily routine as starting the day at 5:45 a.m. and working in the field until 4:30 p.m., mapping with a partner most of the time and averaging 12 miles of walking on inclines. The students had to “map” a predetermined percentage of their maps by the end of the day. Their equipment would include GPS, walkie-talkie, rock hammer and a geology loupe. “You use a rock hammer to bust open a rock and get the fresh surface of it,” Miles said. “Most rocks have been eroded, and like a geode, there’s cool stuff on the inside. We saw exposed Jurassic age rock that, by the hands of fate, had never been covered up by dirt. That’s what makes areas like Montana, Wyoming and Idaho special. They’re on active orogeny.” Orogeny is the process in which a section of the Earth’s crust is folded and

deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain. “The oldest rock we saw was formed in the Cambrian Period,” he said. “That was about 540 million years ago.” The group traveled on unpaved roads in rented vans, slept in tents for the most part, did their best to evade wildlife, such as rattlesnakes, and made the most out of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and scrambled eggs for breakfast. But when asked if the education and experience were worth it, Miles replied, “Wouldn’t you rather be doing something you love than not?” Miles is exploring his post-graduation options at this time but expressed a serious interest in working for a national park. “Wherever I end up, as long as I am outside, I’ll be happy.” Lauren Phillips has been studying the field of anthropology at Bryn Mawr College. As a young child, she recalls having a genuine interest in science and cultures. “I’ve always had an appreciation for researching cultures,” Phillips said. “I remember once when I was little, we went to the Children’s Museum. In the Dinosphere, there was a window where you could talk to a paleontologist. I spent a long time there asking questions and listening. I think the researcher was surprised that a little girl had such a long attention span. I realized early in high school that anthropology was the field that I wanted to go into because I love history and literature. I’ve always been into sciences but have always loved humanities even more.” When Phillips entered college, she wasn’t quite sure what her field area would be, so she took classes on classical studies: Roman and Greek. “I soon realized that North American archaeology was more of the field that I wanted to go into,” Phillips shared. “Thankfully, one of the heads of the anthropology department specializes in North American Archeology. I’ve been able to get into my little niche, thanks to Professor Barrier.” Over the summer, Phillips was presented the opportunity to travel to Quinhagak, Alaska, and participate in an excavation at the Nunalleq site. Nunalleq means “old village” and is part of Yup’ik culture. She spent her time in Quinhagak along with her fellow colleagues, immersing herself ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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in the “living culture” and discovering artifacts on a site that were once homesteads that date back to 1540. “It was amazing,” Phillips said. “This site is really unique because the melting permafrost has revealed these sites and artifacts that were preserved in cold marshy conditions. There were a lot of organic materials that we found like wooden artifacts, furs and hides.” The excavation has been hosted by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. The Nunalleq artifacts are sent to the university’s lab for specific work and preservation, and then they are shipped back to Quinhagak. She described the Nunalleq site as eroded and dangerously close to being swallowed by the Bering Sea as a result of global warming. The site has been an active excavation site for more than a decade as archaeologists and locals have been discovering, preserving and cataloging artifacts for the Nunalleq Cultural and Archaeology Center that just opened its doors August 11. The center is owned by Qanirtuuq Inc., Quinhagak’s village corporation, and contains over 60,000 artifacts that have been found on site, some of which Phillips found with her own hands. “After nearly a decade, the center has opened, and the artifacts are there for the younger generations to learn and reflect upon,” Phillips said. “I love working with North American archaeology because I get to work with living cultures. The locals were very nice, and when we brought in artifacts, they would provide cultural information about the things that we would find. It was fantastic.” Phillips and her fellow archaeologists would work a six-day work week with


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I love working with North American archaeology because I get to work with living cultures. The locals were very nice, and when we brought in artifacts, they would provide cultural information about the things that we would find. It was fantastic.” Sundays off to rest and/or immerse themselves in the local culture. They traveled primarily via four-wheelers as the ground is marshy most of the year. “Quinhagak is very rural,” Phillips added. “It is so marshy that I once sank knee-deep in the ground. It was a good thing that I had on boots.” Phillips spent her “work” days sifting through dirt with screens, discovering many buried treasures throughout her stay. “One of my favorite artifacts was a

toggle that was made for harpoons,” she shared. “They [Yup’ik] are very artistic. They often carve animals to show respect for hunting and believe that everything has a spirit.” When asked what she is considering doing after graduation, Phillips said, “I still have to make decisions about what field I want to go into because there are subdivisions of anthropology like archaeology, linguistics, cultural anthropology or biological anthropology that I can go into. I love excavation, but I also love working with museums. There are so many different things you can do in museum work: collections, conservation, curation but also public programming.” Phillips added that there are areas outside of academia that need anthropologists, such as the film industry and tech companies like Google who need cultural anthologists for representation on search engines. Phillips concluded, “There are so many options that are outside of the academic field, but I kind of want to stay in academia because it is fun.”

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For as long as art has been created by humans, there has been a sharing of ideas, emotions, interests and stories. Through art, we are able to explore ourselves and share our experiences, which helps to build communities through our understanding and empathy for one another. Zionsville resident Stephanie Crowell is an art teacher who has lived in many places throughout the country. While she has seen and experienced a myriad of things throughout her career, she has found one truth that is unwavering: humans must seek as a part of living.

I decided to teach the seven elements of art and introduce the principles of design in my classes, but it is almost impossible to fit all of those in your teaching unless you have a purposeful framework to work with.”


s a teacher, Crowell has seen the effects of funding cuts and the diminishing art and music departments affecting our nation’s schools, including Indiana schools. She currently teaches K-6 at Phalen Leadership Academy, a public charter school in Indianapolis. Crowell also teaches summer art camps at SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville. She taught a couple Passport Series classes at the center this past summer. Kids were exposed to a variety of cultures and art projects


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that focused on different countries and time periods. “I love teaching summer camps there [SullivanMunce],” Crowell said. “My husband and I moved to Zionsville last year, and we live less than a block from the center. It is a wonderful art center, and Cynthia [Young] is great.” Crowell emphasized that while STEM subjects are obviously important to a child’s education as are reading and writing at proficient levels, she pointed out that the historical and environmental


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Crowell’s recommendations for ways to explore and seek:

influences of art and music are an integral part of one’s humanity. There are numerous ways to teach multiculturism in and out of a classroom. As a teacher, Crowell feels that in order for her to have a conversation about art, she must first teach students the proper vocabulary. “I decided to teach the seven elements of art: shape, color, line, form, texture, space and value,” she explained. “I can’t say, ‘Look at your shirt. Tell me what elements of art on going on here and talk about the lines and shapes’ if we don’t have a shared vocabulary.” Since most school districts do not have an “art liaison” developing curriculum for the art teachers, Crowell explained that in many cases, the individual art teachers have the freedom to structure their classrooms as they see fit. “I decided to teach the seven elements of art and introduce the principles of design in my classes, but it is almost impossible to fit all of those in your teaching unless you have a purposeful framework to work with. I would ask teachers, ‘How often do you reference Google Maps in your classroom?’ Google Maps is one resource to help teach the scope of the world. Not knowing the scope of our world and not having some understanding of what is going on around our world causes us to lose our sense of compassion and empathy. Without that knowledge, we lose everything that makes us human, that drives us to make this world better.” While dedicated teachers like Crowell

• Explore the SullivanMunce Cultural Center and all of its programs and services for people of all ages. • Go to as many museums as you can. Indiana has several incredible art and cultural museums and exhibits. • Try a new restaurant once a month or as often as you can. • Attend musicals, dance performances and plays to learn more about the arts, different styles of dance and different genres of music. • Visit a library and research a country that you have never visited or one that you are not familiar with but would like to learn more about. • Attend festivals. Many are free or low-cost and offer a full cultural immersion with performances, food and art. • Learn a new language as a family. There are many different kinds of software and programs for learning languages that are easy to download and are affordable.

work diligently and creatively on shoestring budgets to bring art history and the elements of art back into the classrooms, there are ways to immerse your children outside of the classroom and many that are within close proximity of your home. No need to update the passports for these adventures. You can bring multiculturism into your lives without leaving the state. “We, as humans, learn through a seeking system,” she said. “We seek to feel pleasure. We seek to understand our world. We seek for survival. For instance, food, because if we don’t seek it, we will die. We are seekers, and we are naturally curious. We need to encourage our kids to be seekers and be comfortable with being curious.”


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“When visiting museums, let the kids explore whatever art forms they are attracted to and encourage them to make a list of things that they thought were cool. Go home and learn more about them together from the Internet,” Crowell suggested. “It’s a great opportunity for you to learn new things together. And when eating at a new restaurant, look at the menu beforehand, if possible, and discuss the kinds of food that are listed and how you eat them.” Crowell concluded, “Don’t be afraid to come up with conversation prompts ahead of attending a festival. Encourage your children to ask a person who looks different or speaks with an accent to share with them about where they come from and what they love about their country or are most proud of. You can explain to the person that you and your family are trying to learn more about different cultures to start the conversation. Think of yourselves as ambassadors of our own country and as someone who is helping to bridge a connection and is encouraging our children to continue to seek beyond the classroom and learn something new.”


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Zionsville MONTHLY - September 2018  

Local Women Find Success Out of the Gate This month’s cover feature is the story of the incredible and unlikely success of two local women,...

Zionsville MONTHLY - September 2018  

Local Women Find Success Out of the Gate This month’s cover feature is the story of the incredible and unlikely success of two local women,...