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Episode 32  |  37:03 min

Purdue Polytechnic High School Celebrates First Class of Graduating Seniors | Shatoya Ward

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Episode 32  |  37:03 min  |  05.27.2021

Purdue Polytechnic High School Celebrates First Class of Graduating Seniors | Shatoya Ward

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This is a podcast episode titled, Purdue Polytechnic High School Celebrates First Class of Graduating Seniors | Shatoya Ward. The summary for this episode is: <p>In this episode of This is Purdue,&nbsp;Shatoya Ward, founding principal at Purdue Polytechnic High School&nbsp;(PPHS)&nbsp;Englewood&nbsp;in Indianapolis,&nbsp;discusses how PPHS&nbsp;is reinventing the traditional high school experience,&nbsp;and her excitement for&nbsp;the school’s&nbsp;first graduating class&nbsp;of seniors.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>PPHS – now with three locations – was created to build new K-12 pathways that lead to Purdue, especially for Indiana students who are underserved by traditional high schools and underrepresented in higher education.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>You'll also hear from Kayla Owens, senior at PPHS and future Boilermaker.&nbsp;Listen in!&nbsp;</p>
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Kayla Owens
Student, Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood and Future Student, Purdue University
A sixth-grade field trip to Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus sealed Kayla Owens’ fate. From that day forward, she was destined to become a Boilermaker. As a member of the first graduating class of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, Owens is poised to take a giant leap toward her future when she returns to West Lafayette as a freshman in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute this fall.
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Shatoya Ward
Founding Principal, Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood
Shatoya Ward is 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. 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.