Keeanna Warren, PH.D
VIDEO: Meet Dr. Warren
Dr. Keeanna Warren is a proud Boilermaker and previously served as the founding Principal of the Purdue Polytechnic High School North campus. She is a seasoned classroom teacher, administrator, and leader. In her role as CEO, Dr. Warren will oversee all operations including curriculum and student services.
Keeanna was an Innovation School Fellow with The Mind Trust and designed, implemented, and led Purdue Polytechnic High School’s second campus in Broad Ripple. She is currently a fellow of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Class V cohort.
Keeanna began her career teaching fifth grade at the Andrew J. Brown Academy charter school and Washington Township’s Nora Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in teaching from Marian University, where she was a part of the Turnaround School Leadership program. She is also a former high school math, ELA, and social studies teacher.
Prior to her role with Purdue Polytechnic High School, Keeanna worked from 2013 through 2019 with the Excel Center in the Meadows neighborhood, which maintained a perennial “A” school rating under her leadership. She served in numerous positions, including night instructor, graduate counselor and lead instructor, until she was promoted to school director.
Chief Schools Officer
VIDEO: Meet Shatoya Ward
Shatoya Ward was the founding Principal of the Schweitzer Center at Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood and a The Mind Trust Innovation School Fellow. As the founding Principal of Purdue Polytechnic High School, Shatoya helped design and implement the school’s STEM curriculum and hands-on learning experience to more than 250 students. In her role as Chief of School Operations, Shatoya oversees the day-to-day operations of all PPHS campuses, implementing the curriculum, culture, and best practices she made successful while leading the PPHS Englewood campus.
Shatoya is a long-time educator and administrator who began her career in the classroom before becoming a school administrator responsible for the academic and operational performance of several schools within the Excel Center system.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and safety science and biology from Marian University. Her love for science led her to the classroom, where she taught science to Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Indianapolis charter school students.
Shatoya earned her master’s degree in leadership administration, also from Marian University, and in 2010, joined the Excel Center, serving as regional director, school director, and lead teacher.
Chief of Network Operations
The Purdue Polytechnic High Schools Network (PPHS) is delighted to announce William Durham as the new Chief of Network Operations. Mr. Durham brings a wealth of experience and expertise in organizational leadership and education, making him an invaluable addition to our team.
With an impressive educational background, Mr. Durham holds both MBA and MPA and is a distinguished alumnus of Morehouse College, where he completed his undergraduate degree. This combination of educational accomplishments reflects his commitment to academic excellence and personal growth.
Prior to joining PPHS, Mr. Durham served as the Executive Director of the esteemed organization 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. During his tenure, he showcased exceptional leadership qualities, successfully overseeing operations and implementing strategies that positively impacted the community. Mr. Durham's experience managing an organization of this stature has instilled in him a business acumen that will undoubtedly contribute to his role at PPHS.
Principal of PPHS North
Video: Meet Principal Benberry
Principal Benberry brings a wealth of experience to PPHS, including his most recent role as Vice Principal of Cardinal Ritter High School. He has over 15 years of experience in education including teaching ELA, Science, and Math, as well as 5 years of leadership experience at the high school level. He is passionate about building relationships with students and staff, as well as supporting project-based learning. We are confident that he will be a great addition to the PPHS North team as we continue to grow!
Principal of PPHS Englewood
VIDEO: Meet Jacob Pactor
Jacob Pactor joined the PPHS team as Principal of Purdue Polytechnic High School Schweitzer Center at Englewood in 2022. Jacob wholeheartedly believes in the power of learning through authentic experiences and is excited to support the PPHS Englewood team as they continue to empower learners through student-centered, real-world learning experiences.
Before joining the PPHS team, Jacob spent four years as assistant principal of Shortridge High School and more than a decade as a classroom teacher in the Indianapolis area. Jacob earned his Bachelor's degree from Wabash College and returned there in 2017 to serve as Director of Career Services. Jacob holds an MBA in Education Leadership from the University of Indianapolis, a master’s degree in English from Butler University, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Indiana University.
Principal of PPHS South Bend
VIDEO: Meet Justin Zobrosky
Justin Zobrosky joined the PPHS team in early 2022 as Principal of the South Bend Campus. Justin was previously a school leader at the South Bend Excel Center and is a Clay High School and Indiana University graduate. He has worked as a teacher, lead teacher, and school director, all of which have well-prepared him to take on the amazing role of leading the PPHS South Bend team.
Krista Primrose, Ph.D
Chief Academic Officer
VIDEO: Meet Krista Primrose
As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Primrose works closely with school leaders and coaches to plan and implement an innovative curriculum that reflects the vision and mission of PPHS, removing educational barriers while ensuring students master academic content while engaged in authentic project-based learning experiences.
Krista has worked in education for 16 years and has served as a high school English teacher, a Teacher Education professor, and a college administrator. She earned her bachelor's degree at Manchester University in 2003, a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Olivet Nazarene University in 2008, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University, West Lafayette in 2015.
Chief of Exceptional Learners
Laura Cope joined the PPHS team as Director of Student Services in 2022 and now serves as Chief of Exceptional Learners. 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 Chief of Exceptional Learners, Laura interacts, collaborates, and supports all school directors, special education site coordinators, and teachers of record. She ensures 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 monitors compliance for all schools. Laura directs and advises 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).