Providing schools with some of the best instructional leaders in Indianapolis

Adelante Schools is led by two of the strongest instructional leaders at work in Indianapolis today. One is a Hoosier by birth, the other is a Hoosier by choice—and both are fiercely passionate about our city’s kids. They know our city’s history, our city’s communities, and our city’s public education system inside and out. Both are highly trained, highly qualified instructional leaders who have led Indiana classrooms and schools to many successes. They have high expectations for the future of Indianapolis, which they know will be led by the students in our K-8 classrooms today.

EDDIE RANGEL

Mr. Rangel has spent his career serving students in Indianapolis. He most recently served as a principal for Tindley Genesis Academy, where his students achieved a 19-point gain in Math and 14-point gain in English/Language Arts ISTEP passing rates, the highest growth of all Marion County public charter schools. 100% of Grade 3 Tindley Genesis students passed IREAD-3 in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

Before becoming a school administrator, Rangel taught in IPS and Redlands Unified School District. He is a graduate of the Relay National Principal Academy, a 2014 Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and an alumnus of Teach For America. He served on Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Education Transition Team and the statewide Panel to Study Alternatives to the ISTEP Program Test.

He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University and a Master of Education in Public School Building Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Rangel is a currently participating in the prestigious Leverage Leadership Institute at Relay Graduate School of Education.

In 2018, Teach For America Indianapolis celebrated Rangel as a Latinx leader doing outstanding work in expanding educational opportunity for students in Indianapolis.

Come meet Mr. Rangel in the coming weeks at a community event, office hour, or private meeting!

MATTHEW ROONEY

Mr. Rooney is a native of Indianapolis and most recently served as Principal of Democracy Prep Harlem High School in New York City. Under his leadership, 100% of his students earned acceptances to at least two four-year colleges, as well as New York Advanced Regents Diplomas. In 2020, Democracy Prep Harlem was ranked the #1 Best Public Charter High School in New York City and the entire state of New York by U.S. News & World Report.

Before serving in school leadership at Democracy Prep, Rooney taught at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School in Indianapolis and as a Fulbright English Teacher in the Republic of Korea.

Rooney is a former Eli Lilly Scholar and proud graduate of Ball State University, as well as the Relay National Principals Academy. He has also completed extensive arts education training at Anderson University, the University of St. Thomas, and the Eastman School of Music.

Board Members

Our current Board Members are:

  • Kristy Kainrath
  • Jordan Garcia
  • Allissa Impink
  • Kaleigh Branson-Hutchinson
  • Mary Staten
  • Barbara Burcope
  • Matthew Whitley

Board Meetings

Our board meetings are open to the public and subject to Indiana Open Door Law (IODL). Interested members of the public who wish to speak to the Board at an upcoming meeting are encouraged to arrive early to the meeting to sign up for the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password
    (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password
    (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Monday, June 29, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7:30AM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6:00PM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password
    (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Friday, September 25, 2020, 8:00AM – Register via Zoom to receive link and password (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020, 6:00PM – Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School,1202 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
    (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00PM – Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School,1202 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
    (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6:00PM – Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School,1202 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
    (Agenda | Minutes)
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