BPS welcomes new staff members
BREMEN – The 2012-13 school year is underway for Bremen Public Schools, with several new staff members joining the team.
Director of Special Services
Tina Northern brings 21 years of professional education experience to Bremen Public Schools in her new role as director of special services. For the first 14 years, she taught at Whitko Community Schools in different capacities, including a fifth grade classroom and special education. She then managed a self-contained ED program at Elkhart Community Schools for the next six years. Last year, she was a mild interventions teacher, where she taught tier 3 reading, math and behavior for the building.
A 1986 graduate of Warsaw High School, Northern holds degrees from Ball State University, Olivet Nazarene University and Indiana Wesleyan University. She resides in Mishawaka with her husband, Glenn, who is the director of bands for Penn High School. Their daughter, Kristin, is a senior at Penn. The family stays busy with football games, marching band competitions and other band activities.
Northern said she is pleased to be part of the Bremen Public Schools community.
“My first impression is one of a close-knit, caring and compassionate community,” she said. “I love that the community is passionate about its school! I am most looking forward to the fact that I can still be in the classroom seeing teachers teach and students learn.”
Middle school assistant principal/athletic director
Bremen Public Schools hired Reggie Flesvig as middle school assistant principal and athletic director. Flesvig taught language arts at Mt. Vernon Jr. High School in Posey for eight years before returning to his high school alma mater, Boone Grove High School in Valparaiso, to teach middle school language arts and high school journalism for the next 13 years. His 20 years of coaching experience includes varsity cross country, varsity track and field, junior varsity basketball and high school football.
A 1985 graduate of Boone Grove High School, Flesvig holds degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, the University of Southern Indiana and Ball State University. His daughter Kyra, 8, is a third grade student at Porter Lakes Elementary School in Hebron. Flesvig enjoys visiting his parents, who have retired to an island in northern Wisconsin. He spends many weekends working for Vision Event Management, a company that organizes running events across the Midwest. He includes kayaking, hiking and taking naps on his list of hobbies. He said he is happy to be a part of Bremen Public Schools for several reasons.
“My first impressions of Bremen were the friendliness of all of the people that I met and how welcomed they made me feel,” he said. “I am impressed with the forward thinking of the school corporation and the outside-of-the-box thinking of Bremen educators. I am excited about working with the BMS staff to help our students reach their full potential in order to become productive members of our global society.”
Ninth grade English teacher
Joe Ruple said he is excited to join Bremen High School as a ninth grade English teacher.
“I am thrilled to join a talented and diverse English department at Bremen High School,” he said. “I am also excited to be a part of the successful implementation of the one-to-one computer initiative; these tools open up so many possibilities for students and teachers!”
Ruple brings three years of teaching experience to Bremen with a variety of positions. For one year, he taught eighth grade English at Canyon Ridge School — a technology magnet school — in Surprise, Ariz. His second year, he taught technology and physical education at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Westville, Ill. Last year, he was a seventh and eighth grade English teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria, Ill.
A 2003 graduate of Colon High School in Colon, Mich., Ruple earned his bachelor’s degree with teacher certification in English and psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2007. He resides in Mishawaka with his wife, Jenna, who is a resident at Memorial Hospital. They have a Shih Tzu named Wookiee.
High school Art teacher
Ashley Boardman said she is pleased to be teaching art at Bremen High School.
“I was extremely excited as well as overwhelmed to begin my new journey here at Bremen, but I knew it would be a good change and lead to a positive teaching career,” she said. “I feel blessed that I had this opportunity to join such a wonderful staff and student body. I really look forward to seeing the students in my class be successful and produce quality work. I also look forward to forming lasting relationships with my colleagues, students and athletes.”
Boardman comes to Bremen after having taught high school art at Plymouth High School for the past five years. Prior to that, she taught art at Fairview and Franklin Elementary Schools in Logansport for one year.
She is a 2002 graduate of Triton High School in Bourbon and earned her bachelor’s in visual arts education from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2006. Boardman lives in Plymouth where she has been remodeling a 1930s home for the last three years. Her boyfriend, Cody, is the golf professional at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame.
High school Physics and Algebra I teacher
Jenny Meyer brings eight years of teaching experience in the areas of math and science to Bremen Public Schools, where she is teaching physics and Algebra I at Bremen High School.
Meyer is a 1992 graduate of St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, Mich. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. After starting her teaching career in Michigan, she taught in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana.
While Meyer is a new staff member to BPS, she is not new to Bremen. She and her family moved here three years ago when Bremen Castings, Inc. hired her husband as the technical director. They have four daughters: Megan and Kiersten are fourth graders; Erin is in preschool; and Leighton will be 2 years old in October. “Three years ago when my family moved to Indiana we didn’t know what to expect so we chose to rent in Bremen so that we could decide what school district and community would be best for our family,” she explained. “Two years ago I resigned from my job in Elkhart to be a stay-at-home mom with baby number four on the way because I hoped that someday I would be able to be hired by Bremen Public Schools when I was ready to return to work. We fell in love with Bremen and the school district so last year we purchased a home in Bremen and decided to stay and put down roots. I feel blessed and honored because of this teaching position and the opportunity to be a part of an outstanding school system that values respect, great expectations, and a caring community.”