FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 9, 2019)
Washington Township is pleased to announce the following administrative changes for the 2019-20 school year:
- Tim Blom has been named Greenbriar Elementary Principal
- Peter Schlifke has been named Nora Elementary Principal
- Laura Barber has been named Westlane Middle School Assistant Principal
- Rachel Sever has been named English as a New Language (ENL) Coordinator
- Tom Oestreich has been named Assistant Superintendent, transitioning to Dr. Milleman’s role upon his retirement
At the May 8th Board of Education meeting, the School Board received and approved the above recommendations and approved those individuals to assume their respective roles for the 2019-20 school year.
Mr. Tim Blom
Tim has served the District in academic support roles since 2009, including Secondary Math Teacher, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Coordinator, acting Director of Curriculum and acting Assistant Principal. Prior to MSDWT, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Morgantown High School in West Virginia, and Statesboro High school in Georgia. Tim earned both his BS and MS in Education at Georgia Southern University and received an MBAE through the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership program, University of Indianapolis.
Mr. Peter Schlifke
Peter returns to MSD Washington Township after serving as an assistant principal in Wayne Township since 2012. His history with MSDWT began in 2007 when he was an elementary teacher at Greenbriar Elementary, then interned at both Nora Elementary and Northview Middle Schools. Peter is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Elementary Education and Butler University with a Masters in Education Administration (he also completed the EPPSP program there). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding.
Mrs. Laura Barber
Laura will join the staff of Westlane Middle School as the new Assistant Principal. As a graduate of Indiana University and Western Governors University, she brings several years of teaching and administrative experience, first serving at Beech Grove High School where she also developed a successful varsity level swim program. Continuing on to Shortridge, Broad Ripple, and IPS, Laura assisted in the development of a STEM-based middle school program. She is a Relay National Principal Academy Fellow.
Dr. Rachel Sever
Dr. Sever will be filling the role of English as a New Language (ENL) Coordinator for the District. She offers great experience having served Carmel Clay Schools since 2003 as a middle school teacher and Supervisor of Learning. Dr. Sever received her BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University; Master of Arts, Language Education, from Indiana University; and Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Indiana University as well as National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Language Arts.
Dr. Tom Oestreich
Dr. Oestreich has served as a teacher, assistant principal, Director of Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent in the district for 19 years. He has spent time at Eastwood Middle School and North Central High School in addition to Central Office and performed his student teaching at Northview Middle School. He also served as a High School Principal at Lawrence Central High School before coming back home to Washington Township in 2012. Dr. Oestreich received his superintendent license upon graduating with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a minor in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2016. He earned his bachelor degree from Butler University and his master’s degree from Indiana University. Dr. Oestreich was named First Year Teacher of the Year in 2000, Teacher of the Year at Eastwood Middle School in 2002, and Administrator of the Year in 2014 in MSDWT.
Dr. Oestreich will transition from the role of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, to assume Dr. Milleman’s Assistant Superintendent position and responsibilities. Dr. Oestreich shared, “I am extremely excited to serve Washington Township in this new role and I wish Dr. Milleman the best as Superintendent with Lebanon Schools. We have an incredible staff of teachers, administrators, and support staff who are dedicated and work tirelessly on behalf of students. I am honored to continue to serve our wonderful community and I look forward to the challenges and celebrations ahead.” Dr. Woodson will oversee the hiring process for Dr. Oestriech’s replacement as Director of Human Resources.
We welcome all of these outstanding educators to their new roles in Washington Township.