Erika Dilosa appointed to Indiana State Board of Education

Every once in a while, it’s worth sitting back and taking a look at what’s going on around you. Seems like some times we move so fast that we lose track of the progress we are making and we don’t consider the immenseness (is that a word?) of what we are doing.
 
I got into this battle to help low-income families access quality schools. That was the big goal. But there are lots of other incremental goals that take place along the way to achieving the big goal. One of those goals is having a building to do your work.
 
So, it is with that in mind, that I present to you the pictures below and above. The picture above is the new home of GEO Foundation on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. We moved in right before the pandemic started last year, then all of us went home. :) Even still, this is quite a long way from my living room where GEO began in 1998.
 
Below are pictures of the schools we’ve started in Gary, Indianapolis, and Baton Rouge. We now have 10 campuses altogether. Five in Gary, one in Indianapolis, and four in Baton Rouge. Kind of hard to believe, really.
 
But, when you serve 3,600 students in these cities, you have to have a place for them to learn. And we are not done, yet. We’ve been invited to start more schools in Baton Rouge. And Texas continues to beckon us.
 
While I appreciate the invitations, the goal remains the same–to provide high quality education to underserved families. The goal is NOT to have a bunch of mediocre schools. Nope! So, we don’t start new schools until our current ones are standing on their own feet and producing great results.
 
I can tell you that our current schools are doing just that, too. From “Top Gains” schools in Baton Rouge, to our top graduation rates and college and career readiness ratings in Indiana, our schools are kicking it. That’s why more invitations are coming in. Pretty exciting.
 
For now, I’ll leave it there. Enjoy these pictures. Yes, they are just buildings. But they are more than that in the communities we serve. They are places where hope begins and goals are realized. Not just a proposed PDF plan, but real evidence of great work being done.
 
Thanks for being our friend throughout all these years. Thanks for believing in us. Let’s keep changing the world together!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Teasley
Founder & President
GEO Foundation
 
 

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced the appointment of Erika Dilosa to the Indiana State Board of Education (Board). Dilosa is the director of special education for 21st Century Charter School at Gary and Gary Middle College East and West.  She will represent the 1st congressional district and serve a four year term. A recent change to Indiana law required that the Governor’s next appointment to the Board be an individual who is a special education teacher or director. Dilosa’s appointment fills the seat previously held by Tony Walker.

“We are pleased to welcome Erika to the Board. Her experience with special education coupled with her passion for her community will make her an excellent addition,” said B.J. Watts, Board chair. “Tony Walker has served the Board well for many years and has been a relentless advocate for students. He will be missed.”

Dilosa’s passion for working with students with special needs was ignited when she learned her own child was on the spectrum of Autism. She has dedicated her career to ensuring students and families of students with special needs receive the education and support they need and deserve. As a special education teacher, she worked tirelessly to help students with disabilities overcome unique challenges within the educational setting. In her current role as director of special education, she strives to build teams of strong educators, involve and inform parents, and foster strong communication with building leaders and administrators to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

Dilosa is a graduate from Chicago State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science as a scholar athlete and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She continued her post-baccalaureate education at Indiana University where she received her Master’s degree in Special Education.

As a pastor’s wife, Dilosa actively works in the community with her church and as a leader in women’s and youth ministries. She and her husband are the parents of 6 children attending school within the Lake Central School Corporation.

Aplica Ahora (2021-2022)

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GEO Next Generation High School utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2021-2022.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
  2. Necesitará una dirección de correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brendaremos instrucciones para ayudarlo a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  3. Para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo completar la solicitud de inscripción ante de, Haga clic aquí

Para el año escolar 2021-2022, GEO Next Generation High School inscribirá los grados 9-10. La escuela está ubicada en 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela al numero telefónico (225) 314-2044.

Apply Now (2021-2022)

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GEO Next Generation High School will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2021-2022 school year, GEO Next Generation High School will be enrolling grades 9-10. The school is located at 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school at (225) 314-2044.