r. Flora Reichanadter grew up in a southern Chicago suburb, Lansing, IL. Throughout her entire childhood, Dr. Reichanadter felt called to be a teacher. After graduating from high school with a generous scholarship, Dr. Reichanadter was fortunate to attend Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Whiting, Indiana receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education.
Dr. Reichanadter’s thirty-plus years of experience have all been in Indiana. She began in Northwest Indiana where she taught elementary school for ten years with most of that experience at Franklin Elementary School in the School City of East Chicago where she was Head Teacher and actively involved in district-wide professional development and remediation. Dr. Reichanadter was one of the first teachers in Northwest Indiana to actively integrate technology into her classroom. It was during that time that she provided a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers both locally and nationally.
With an eye on taking her skills as a leader within her school to have a wider impact on the students she served, Dr. Reichanadter received her M.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Dr. Reichanadter became even more passionate about focusing instruction on the needs of the learner. In 2005, Dr. Reichanadter graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Purdue University. It was her goal to serve as a Superintendent.
Dr. Reichanadter served the Griffith Public Schools as the principal of Ready Elementary school and as their K-12 Curriculum Coordinator for ten years. It was in Griffith that Dr. Reichanadter took the lead to incorporate curriculum best practices and introduce the K-12 staff to transformational improvements. Dr. Reichanadter followed her passion for curriculum and instruction relocating to central Indiana where she served five years as the Elementary Director of Curriculum for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
In Hamilton Southeastern, Dr. Reichanadter successfully implemented Reader’s and Writer’s workshops, Response to Intervention, and a district-wide curriculum framework for the High Ability program. Additionally, she developed and supported the implementation of technology integration as well as data warehousing in order to organize achievement information and support Professional Learning Communities. Her interest in language development with English as New Language learners led her to participate as a 2007 Fulbright Scholar with the United States Department of Education. Dr. Reichanadter spent that summer studying English language development and instruction throughout China.
In 2011, Dr. Reichanadter accepted a position with the Franklin Township Community School Corporation as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and in the same school year, named their Superintendent. Dr. Reichanadter re-introduced Strategic Planning in order to focus on the district’s vision and goals while maintaining limited financial resources. Dr. Reichanadter successfully balanced the annual budget each year following difficult financial situations. Each year she was Superintendent, Franklin Township continued to see improved achievement. Dr. Reichanadter actively engaged the community through her regular and varied communication, Town Hall Meetings, monthly Community Chats, and through Social Media. Dr. Reichanadter was often seen supporting students at athletic and performing arts events as well as individual school activities. During her tenure in Franklin Township, she actively engaged legislators in discussion about the impact of property tax caps, the success of public education, and the unique needs of under resourced students. Over the last five years, Franklin Central High School was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a Four Star School as well as recognition from the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report and is on the College Board AP Honor Roll. Dr. Reichanadter successfully implemented a district-wide technology plan, Flash Forward, that provided the vision, professional development and necessary equipment to enhance instruction through the integration of technology. The implementation of her Top 10 Initiative, the district’s focus on the needs of students and prioritizing goal development resulted in regular positive improvements.
Dr. Reichanadter served as a consultant with the Lafayette Parish Schools in Lafayette, Louisiana where she provided professional development in implementing focused literacy strategies including Reader’s Workshop resulting in school improvement. Following a two-year implementation plan, the Lafayette Parish Schools eliminated all failing elementary school grades.
Dr. Reichanadter currently serves as a Board Member with the Indiana Urban School Association where she actively participates on the legislative committee to bring awareness to the discriminating funding challenges for children in urban areas throughout the State of Indiana. Dr. Reichanadter is a 2015 graduate of the Hoosier Fellows Program through the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. This distinguished leadership program focuses on innovative research, curriculum, and transformational leadership.
Dr. Reichanadter is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Pike Township Schools and continue a culture of excellence. Dr. Reichanadter and her husband, John, have two adult children who live in the Indianapolis area.