Our Team

 SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS

 PRESCHOOL TEAM

 


Cathy German


Cathy German

SACS Early Childhood Coordinator

Prior to taking the position as early childhood coordinator for SACS, I worked within the district's preschool speech program for 15 years. I also have 11 years' experience as a speech language pathologist at Lutheran Hospital. I graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in Psychology and graduated from Ball State University with a M.A. in Speech Pathology. I also hold a certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. I have been married to my husband, Todd, for over 30 years and have 3 daughters.  Rachel is a pediatric psychologist , Katie is a second grade teacher at Whispering Meadows, and Grace just completed her MBA.  I truly enjoy our youngest students in the district and am happy to work with our dedicated early childhood team.

 

 

 Andrea Bearman

Andrea Bearman

Early Childhood Teacher

I have been working in the field of education for 18 years.  I have spent 12 years in the classroom teaching students at the early childhood, elementary and middle school levels.  In addition to that, I spent 6 years in administrative positions.  I was an elementary school principal for five years and spent one year as a director of special services.  I took a year off to care for the medical needs of my son, Aiden.  Once he was stable, and thriving, I was eager to get back into the career I love.  I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with families and colleagues in order to provide an effective, meaningful and quality education for my students. 

  

 

 

Jenny Eckert

Jennifer Eckert

Early Childhood Teacher


This is my 19
th year of teaching. My teaching experience includes Title I, Reading Recovery, Kindergarten, First and Third grade.  Prior to teaching in the public schools, I taught preschool. I enjoy building relationships with students and families that fosters lifelong learning. My education consists of a Teaching Certificate in Exceptional Learners, Master of Education, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Kindergarten Endorsement, Reading Recovery Certificate, and an Associate in Science in Child Development. I am passionate about teaching our youngest learners and love to come to work each day.

 

   
 Lindsey Kuhn
Lindsey Kuhn

Early Childhood Teacher

I began working in the education field in August of 2017 after graduating from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. I also have a minor in applied behavior analysis. My first teaching job was in a K-6th grade special needs classroom. After my first year of teaching, I moved to the Fort Wayne area and began working in the SACS early childhood program. I love working with the littlest learners and helping them begin their education journey. My goal is to foster a love for learning in each and every student. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, and decorating my house.

   
 Danielle Macias  Danielle Macias

Speech Language Pathologist

This is my seventh year as a school-based speech language pathologist. Prior to joining the Early Childhood Team in 2016, I provided therapy services for children in preschool through sixth grade. During high school, I wanted to be a preschool teacher. Then I discovered the field of speech language pathology and my dream job of providing speech and language therapy services to preschool-aged students was born! In 2011, I graduated from IPFW where I majored in communication sciences & disorders and minored in linguistics and psychology. I graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences. Three years after graduating with my master’s degree, I was blessed with the opportunity to specialize in early childhood intervention and joined the Early Childhood Program at SACS! I am passionate about my career and each student and family that I have the opportunity to work with.  I hold the Certificate of Clinical Competency for Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a Speech Language Pathology License from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. In addition to my speech pathology accreditations, I hold an Indiana Teacher License. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband (Sonny), my two active children (Mac and Stella), and our Rottweiler (Fiona). I recently discovered how fun it is to use power tools to create furniture and home decorations and I am looking forward to continuing to develop my new hobby this school year!

   
 Kimberly Stephenson  Kimberly Stephenson

Speech Language Pathologist

My name is Kimberly Stephenson and this is my
13th year working in the SACS Early Childhood program.
I also provided Extended School Year (ESY) speech
therapy services through SACS for many summers.
When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my
family. We love trips to the zoo, science central, the
library, and the pool. I also enjoy volunteer projects with
my daughter and her Brownie Troop.

   
 Ashley Yoder Ashley Yoder

Speech Language Pathologist

My name is Ashley Yoder.  I started working for SACS as a preschool speech language pathologist in January of 2016.    I have been married to my husband, Pete, since July 2001.  We have 3 children, Ethan, Elliot, and Emilia.  Our family loves to take vacations, read, do puzzles, play board games, ride bikes, swim, do arts and crafts, and build with Legos. 
   
  Pam Franklin

Speech Language Pathologist

My name is Pam Franklin.  I have been a speech language pathologist with SACS since 2010.  I began my career in 1987 in Illinois and have also worked in Wisconsin.  I have 4 speech language pathologists in my family.  We never run out of things to talk about!  My 3 adult children are spread throughout the mid-west and I enjoy visiting with all of them.
   
 Ashleigh Wasylk  Ashleigh Wasylk

Occupational Therapist

My name is Ashleigh Wasylk and I am one of the occupational therapists for the Southwest Allen County School District. I have 11 years of experience working with children across many settings including in-patient and out-patient, home health care and within the school system. My passion is working with children to progress their developmental milestones to promote engagement in their natural environments. I appreciate the team approach we provide here at SACS, and enjoy working with the many talented individuals to provide the best education for the children we serve.

   
  Katina Petroff

Occupational Therapist

I went to graduate school for Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. I graduated in 1997 and have worked primarily in pediatrics since that time. My experience includes outpatient clinic and home health through First Steps of Allen County. I additionally worked in private practice doing mainly home health for serveral years. I have also worked many years for the Fort Wayne Community School district as well as the Williamson County School district in Tennessee. I am licensed within the state of Indiana and hold current certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. My husband and I have been happily married for over 20 years. Prior to taking the position as Occupational Therapist with SACS, I was a stay at home Mom to one amazing daughter who is in First Grade. I am truly excited to be working with students in the SACS district.
   
Lisa Darmawan Lisa Darmawan

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from IPFW in Personnel from the School of Business and Management Science. I have held positions at several different companies in my previous work life, most notably as a Systems Analyst for GTE (now Frontier), and teaching at English as a Second Language schools and a Bilingual High School and Preschool in Jakarta, Indonesia. Upon my return from Indonesia, I worked indirectly for both Hewlett Packard and the United States Post Office while attending Brown Mackie to earn an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting in 2007. I passed the certification exam and became licensed by the state of Indiana in 2007, and have worked as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for Southwest Allen County schools since August of that year. I enjoy figuring out how to do things myself, reading, relaxing, and spending time with my friends, and family. I have two grown children: Ian works full time at Arby’s; and Sara attends Ivy Tech studying Visual Communication while working full time at Sweetwater. In addition to formal courses that I take to maintain licensure, I continue to learn from my fellow co-workers, and from the students themselves. I take great pride in seeing students reach their unique potential and become as independent as possible.

 

 

 

 

Holly Steward

Physical Therapist

This is my 7th year working in SACS as a physical therapist.  Prior to this position, I was a First Steps physical therapist for 12 years.  I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree and from University of Kansas with my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our four children, attending their sporting events, being outside and enjoying time with family and friends.  I thoroughly enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them move and grow. 

 

 

 

 

Susan Weaver

Physical Therapist

My name is Susan Weaver and this is my 6th year working at SACS as a physical therapist.

When I’m not at school I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. My daughter, Halle, is a sophomore and my son, Mason is in 8th grade. We also have two Boston Terriers, Buddy and Wrigley. I can often be found at swim meets, football and baseball games cheering on my kiddos.

 

 

 

 Kim Burns

Kim Burns

School Psychologist

My name is Kim Burns. I am excited to begin my 4th year at SACS and my 16th year as a school psychologist. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Indiana University. I then completed a Masters in Education and Educational Specialist Degrees in School Psychology at Kent State University. There is never a dull moment at my house with four animals (two of which are considered special needs). I love to spend time with my family, especially my three nieces. Two nieces are graduates of Homestead and the third is a current HHS student. During marching season you can find me cheering on the Homestead Spartan Alliance Band!

 

 


Crystal Redmaster

School Psychologist


I am one of the school psychologists that is very fortunate to be working with the early childhood team at Southwest Allen County Schools. I graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Psychology and Indiana State University with an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology. Prior to working at SACS, I was a school psychologist at a special education cooperative in Northeast Indiana. I have been with my husband John for 16 years and married 8 years. I have a daughter, Ella, a son, Nolan, and a sweet baby on the way. I have always had a passion for children and being able to work with children as my job has been so rewarding!

 

 

 

 Yvonne Park

Yvonne Park

Itinerent Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

My name is Yvonne Park and I am the Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. This is my 25th year in Southwest Allen County Schools. I have a Bachelor Degree in Deaf Education and a Master’s Degree in Specific Learning Disabilities both from Ball State University.  I am also a certified Deaf Education Specialist as a First Steps Parent Advisor for the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Indiana. My passion is helping children to learn by doing and helping them to become independent and wise in letting others know what they need.  I love my family, (I am quite fond of my 8 grandchildren) nature, log cabins, antiques and camping.