Director of Student Services
Laura Cope joined the PPHS team as Director of Student Services in 2022. Laura received her Bachelors in Special Education then earned her Masters in Curriculum with a School Administrators License from Indiana State University. From her background as Assistant Director of School Improvement and Turnaround at the Indiana State Department of Education to her role as Regional Director of Student Services and supports with Goodwill Education Initiatives, Laura brings extensive experience to the Purdue Polytechnic High School network.
As Director of Student Services, Laura will interact, collaborate, and support all school directors, special education site coordinators, and teachers of record. She will ensure that all schools and special education staff are implementing all special education procedures and programs to develop and deliver high quality services to students and will monitor compliance for all schools. Laura will direct and advise school directors and staff with specific legal procedures, regulations, legislation and programs that will guide all staff to mold the educational experiences of a diverse group of special needs students to develop and implement supportive, prescriptive, and realistic Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).
Director of Finance
VIDEO: Meet Sharnell Johnson
Sharnell Johnson joined the PPHS team as Director of Finance in 2021. She has over 25 years of Finance experience, most recently as Director of Finance at Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana campuses where she served for over 21 years. Sharnell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana State University and an MBA from Anderson. She is passionate about working in the community and has experience as a board member for several local organizations including the Madame CJ Walker Theater, National Coalition of 100 Black Women as well the Near North Development Corporation.
Sharnell is a graduate of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership program and CICF Women’s Fund program. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Women’s Fund Grants Committee.
Sharnell is excited to join PPHS in her role as Director of Finance and is committed to continuing the high level of excellence within the organization. She plans to review, refine and update policies where necessary to ensure she meets and exceeds the expectations of all stakeholders. She is committed to learning, growing, and glowing in her new role.
In addition to her professional experience, Sharnell is passionate about working with youth and spends time mentoring. Sharnell is a native of Indy and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, sewing, and relaxing.
Director of Human Resources
VIDEO: Meet LaShaun Aldridge
LaShaun Aldridge joined the PPHS team as Director of Human Resources in 2021. LaShaun brings over 10 years of Human Resources experience working in industries from manufacturing to utilities. LaShaun holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from Indiana Tech and is a member of SHRM. She is excited to join the PPHS team and brings a wealth of experience in employee relations, benefits, and staff recruitment.
As Director of Human Resources, LaShuan oversees all aspects of staff recruitment, leave of absence, benefits, employee relations, leadership development, and compliance. LaShaun is eager to lend her professional experience to the team at PPHS. For any Human Resources-related questions please contact email@example.com.