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 graduated from 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. In 2005, Dr. Reichanadter graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Purdue University.
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 a robust literacy framework, 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 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 2010, 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. Each year she was Superintendent, Franklin Township continued to see improved achievement. During her tenure in Franklin Township, she actively engaged legislators in a discussion about the impact of property tax caps, the success of public education, and the unique needs of under-resourced students. Dr. Reichanadter successfully implemented a district-wide technology plan as part of her Top 10 Initiative.
Dr. Reichanadter served as a consultant with the Lafayette Parish Schools in Lafayette, Louisiana where she provided professional development in implementing focused literacy strategies 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. She is also a Board Member for the Ortho-Indy Foundation YMCA in Pike Township.
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. You can contact her at DrFlora@Pike.k12.in.us.