Administration

Meet Our Administrators

 

 Image of Mrs. Blessing   Angela Blessing
Principal


Angela joined the Kokomo High School staff as lead principal in 2016.  Prior to coming to Kokomo High School she was the principal at Bon Air Middle School for a year and spent nine years as the principal of Northridge Middle School in North Montgomery.  She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Anderson University and her masters in school administration from Butler University, proud member of the Butler EPPSP group 22.  In her 17th year as a principal, she continues to believe in leading by example and helping students understand the legacy they will leave at Kokomo High School.  With a constant focus on #legacymatters, she challenges students and staff to reflect on the legacy they will leave behind for others at KHS. 


Kelly Barker
Vice Principal Transitions Academy/STEM


Kelly has been with Kokomo School since 2000.  She was a special education teacher for 9 years and then stepped up as the Vice Principal over special education for the past 11 years.  She also assists in leading the STEM Academy. Kelly participates in cadres around the state that are leading the way for all students to have the ability and tools to reach their potential.  She has been able to present to several groups of teachers and administrators around the state on our successful implementation of programs.  Kelly is especially proud of the fact that we are a model high school for Project Success of Indiana allowing us to set the bar for special education programs and host schools around the state to see what appropriate and challenging programs look like for all students.  Kelly’s goal for the school year is to have 100% compliance on IEPs as well as increase our communication with parents. She would also like to ensure the STEM certification process is outlined and implemented (including STEM units in classrooms).

   Kelly Barker

 Jason Spear   Jason Spear
Vice Principal Transitions Academy/STEM


Jason began his administrative career at Kokomo High School in 2018 as the Vice Principal over the STEM Academy.  He is also certified as a school safety instructor by the Indiana Department of Education, and is the Director of School Safety for our school.  Prior to these positions, he was a special education teacher.  Jason had the honor of being a two-time Teacher of the Year for both Kokomo High School and Lawrence Central High School.  Jason lives by the motto “Never Waiver” and tries to instill that mindset into our students.


Jennifer Fowler
Vice Principal K-Tech Academy

Jennifer Fowler joined Kokomo High School as an administrator in 2015, overseeing the K-Tech Academy. Ms. Fowler earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Butler University and her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University.  Previously, she taught Orchestra in Lawrence Township for eleven years where she was named a Lawrence Central Honored Educator twice, was an Indiana Academic Teacher All-Star in 2011, and her ensembles placed as ISSMA Symphony Orchestra State Finalists throughout her career as a teacher. Ms. Fowler has been a guest speaker and clinician at Butler University and for the Indiana Music Educators Association, and continues to be involved in the Indiana State Music Association as a board member and adjudicator. Ms. Fowler believes that by learning through projects and technology, K-Tech students take ownership of their own learning and build character to become successful in their future.

   Jennifer Fowler

 Lori Magnuson   Lori Magnuson
Vice Principal IB Academy

Lori began her career at Kokomo High School as a counselor back in 1999.  She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University and became the coordinator of the IB Middle Years Programme and Personal Project Coordinator for Kokomo Schools. Lori currently oversees the International Baccalaureate Academy here at the high school. She volunteers for IB Americas as a school site visitor, workshop leader and new school consultant. She also works with schools throughout the United States and Canada on the implementation and evaluation of the MYP.  Lori has also had the privilege of speaking at the IB American Conference in Orlando Florida on MYP projects, and at the annual Leaders in Education Conference about counselors and administrators working together. One of her greatest accomplishments has been successfully leading KHS and CMIS through verification and evaluation visits with IB for the MYP, DP and CP.

Dr. Leslie Fatum
Dir. of College & Careers
IB Diploma Program Coordinator

Leslie has been the director of college and career readiness since 2015.  She is also the Guidance Department Director, and the coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as well as the Dual Credit coordinator.  A couple of Leslie’s accomplishments include facilitating the adoption of McKinley Alternative High School by Simon Youth Foundation to become Simon Youth Academy at McKinley Alternative High School, and organizing a successful International Baccalaureate Orientation Workshop in Kokomo that attracted representatives from more than 10 Indiana school districts as well as Indiana University Kokomo.  Leslie’s goal for this school year is to continue to build on the success of the IB Diploma and Career-Related Programs in KHS, and to continue to work with the counselors, administrators, and teachers to help all of our students follow a graduation pathway that will enable them to achieve their own individual goals once they leave KHS.

   Dr. Leslie Fatum

 John Pinson John Pinson
Asst. Principal
Director of Bands & Music
Coordinator of Co-Curricular and
Extracurricular Activities


John Pinson first came to Kokomo High School in 2011 as Director of Bands. Since 2018, Mr. Pinson has served as an Assistant Principal, Fine Arts Coordinator, and Director of International Exchanges for the Kokomo High School. He has earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree, a Master of Musical Performance degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana State University; the last of which he was also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.  In addition to his duties for KSC, Mr. Pinson is a member of the faculty at Indiana University Kokomo, where he directs the bands and teaches music history and music theory. He has served as a guest conductor for several honor bands and festivals across Indiana and Illinois and is a guest clinician and adjudicator for concert and marching bands.  Mr. Pinson is also the President of the Central Indiana Track Show Association and serves on the Indiana State School Music Association Board as the Administrative Representative for Zone 3.Mr. Pinson is a believer in aiding students to learn to building bridges to span the gaps and gorges of knowledge and ability so they may discover their own path. 

Mike Susong
Asst. Principal
Twilight School Director

Michael joined the Kokomo Schools staff in 2009 as a guidance counselor. From there he worked his way up to Assistant Principal in charge of alternative education.  Michael directs the Twilight program which operates in the late afternoon allowing students of all ages the opportunity to receive their high school diploma. His main goal for this school year is to help as many kids as he can walk the stage at graduation.  A couple of his accomplishments include being the Teacher of the Year for 1999, and being the designated administration for the AP-TIP School of the Year. One of Michael’s other passions is coaching our high school girls softball team. He is a 4-time softball NCC Coach of the Year.


   Mike Susong

 Nick Sale   Nick Sale
Athletic Director

Nick became the Kokomo High School Athletic Director in 2018. His role is to organize and administer the overall program of extracurricular and interscholar athletes for the high school in accordance with IHSAA rules. Nick was a former Kokomo student and was the 2007 State Baseball Runner Up.  He also coached the State Runner Up Eastern HS Girls Basketball team in 2012-13. In the 2018-19 school year, he received the NCC Above and Beyond award. Nick believes our greatest challenge in high school athletics today is to continue to promote sportsmanship to our athletes and their families, and to instill the importance it has on education based athletics. Character and the way you treat people are far more important than any personal achievements.



Aaron Hyman
Asst. Athletic Director
Middle School AD
STEM Coordinator, MS


Aaron began his career with Kokomo School Corporation teaching 4th and 5th grade at Darrough Chapel Elementary. He then went on to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies at Bon Air, Central, and Maple Crest. While at Maple Crest Aaron helped implement the STEM education program and eventually took on a larger role in the Athletic Department. That role soon transitioned from teaching in the classroom to leading the middle school athletic program and assisting with the high school athletic program.


 Aaron Hyman

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