FWCS Approves Principal Positions for 2012-13 - June 12, 2012

Record Number: 8908
Displayed from: Jun 12, 2012 , until: Aug 19, 2012

The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Monday, June 11, approved several administrative changes for the 2012-13 school year.

Jana Ankenbruck, Harris Elementary Principal Jana Ankenbruck joined FWCS in 2004 as principal of Arlington Elementary. She began her career in education at East Allen County Schools where she worked for 14 years. At Harris, she replaces Carolyn Sleet, who is retiring.

Jayson Balsley, Nebraska Elementary Principal Jayson Balsley has been with FWCS since 2007, joining the district as assistant principal at Fairfield Elementary. In 2009, he became assistant principal of Franke Park Elementary, and for the 2010-11 school year, he served as assistant principal of Croninger Elementary. In 2011-12, he served as principal at Harrison Hill Elementary. He began his career in education as an elementary teacher in the Penn-Harris-Madison district and worked for nine years as a teacher and assistant principal in Houston,Texas. At Nebraska, he replaces Carrie Kennedy, who is moving to Croninger.

Rebecca Dennis, Haley Elementary Principal Rebecca Dennis joined FWCS in 2008 as principal of Croninger Elementary. Prior to coming to FWCS, she worked for more than 21 years as an elementary school teacher in Florida, Ohio and Indiana and was a adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion for six years. She also served as principal of Southern Wells Elementary School for two years and as principal of Triton Elementary School in Bourbon, Ind., for a year and a half before moving to FWCS. At Haley, she replaces Nathan Spicer, who is retiring.

Diane Dikeolakos, Arlington Elementary Principal Diane Dikeolakos began her career in education as a language arts and social studies teacher at Memorial Park Middle School in 2002, a position she held until she became assistant principal at Fairfield Elementary in 2009. At Arlington, she replaces Jana Ankenbruck, who is moving to Harris.

Carrie Kennedy, Croninger Elementary Principal Carrie Kennedy joined FWCS in 2001 as a math and science teacher at Lane Middle School. During the 2008-09 school year, she served as an administrative intern at Nebraska Elementary School and Memorial Park Middle School. During the 2009-10 school year, she served as principal at Pleasant Center Elementary and a year later, she returned to Nebraska as principal. Kennedy started her career in education as a seventh-grade science teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools and worked as a fifth-grade teacher for four years in MSD Pike Township. At Croninger, she replaces Rebecca Dennis, who is moving to Haley Elementary.

Shawn Smiley, Harrison Hill Elementary Principal Shawn Smiley began his career with FWCS in 2001 as a teacher at Jefferson Middle School. In 2006-07, he served as an administrative intern at Adams Elementary and became the assistant principal at Haley Elementary in 2007-08. In 2008, he became principal of Shambaugh Elementary. At Harrison Hill, he replaces Jayson Balsley, who is moving to Nebraska Elementary.

Nicole Walker, Shambaugh Elementary Principal Nicole Walker began her career in education in East Allen County Schools in 2005. After six years, she moved to FWCS where she became elementary assistant principal at Holland Elementary. At Shambaugh, she replaces Shawn Smiley, who is moving to Harrison Hill.


With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.