Casey McLeod reflects on what brought her to and keeps her in the classroom at KIPP Indy

Casey McLeod reflects on what brought her to and keeps her in the classroom at KIPP Indy

When Casey McLeod graduated from Purdue University with a degree in chemistry, she never thought that she would become a teacher. After graduation, she put her degree to use working as a synthetic organic chemist for the DOW Chemical Company. Over time, she started to crave something new. McLeod explains, “I loved working at DOW, but as time went on I had a passion for doing something that had a deeper impact on the community in which I lived.” After a short time pursuing public policy in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., she was ready to get back to her home state. “Ultimately, I felt I needed to be closer to the ground. I moved back to Indianapolis and joined the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows.” After studying schools across the area, McLeod knew that KIPP Indy was the school for her. “The belief systems that KIPP Indy has about teaching academics simultaneously with character was something that I believed in for students, as well as the overall mission that all students can and will achieve greatness.” Now in her fourth year of teaching at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle, Casey cannot imagine her immediate future outside of KIPP Indy. She feels that the students are what keep her coming back year after year. In addition to her love and dedication for her students, she has a deep appreciation for the team and family culture that is a core pillar of KIPP Indy. McLeod explains, “I have honestly never worked with a more intelligent, passionate, and hardworking staff than the team that I work with at KIPP Indy.” McLeod is blown away...