Head of School
With a wealth of private school experience, including six years as Head of School at Emerson School (a school for gifted and academically talented students in Preschool - 8th Grade in Ann Arbor, Michigan) and nine years at Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences in Barnesville, Maryland, John Huber began his tenure as Head of School at Sycamore School on July 1, 2023 following the retirement of Diane Borgmann. A graduate of Cornell University with a Master's degree from Villanova University, Huber was a Latin teacher at Wyndcroft School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania until 2006, before becoming Academic Dean and then Assistant Head of School at Wyndcroft.
Director of Enrollment Management
As Director of Enrollment Management, Duane Emery works with prospective and current Sycamore families. He came to Sycamore after 21 years at Cathedral High School, where he was Vice President for Enrollment Management (15 years), Vice President for Advancement (three years), Director of College Advising (two years), and Director of Counseling (one year). He also has college admissions experience at DePauw University and the University of the South (Sewanee). During his enrollment tenure at Cathedral, Duane oversaw all aspects of recruitment of more than 300 new students annually, retention of students at a school of over 1,100, and a tuition assistance program with an annual budget of nearly $3 million that served over 500 students per year. He also served as a member of the school's senior leadership team. Duane earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from DePauw University and his Master's degree in Education Psychology, with a specialization in gifted and talented education, from Ball State University. Duane is married and has two adult children.
Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Juday, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer at Sycamore. Patrick graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a degree in accounting. Prior to arriving at Sycamore, Patrick served over a ten year period as Controller at The Orchard School and Director of Finance and Operations at Trader’s Point Christian Academy. Continuing education toward maintaining his CPA designation has been focused on non-profit finances. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Patrick is married and has one child.
Director of Advancement
Jim Wood became the Director of Advancement at Sycamore in April of 2023. Jim brings to Sycamore a deep and broad knowledge of fundraising in the not-for-profit sector, including in independent schools. Immediately prior to joining Sycamore, Jim was the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. He has also served as President and CEO of the Wishard Foundation, the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Director of Institutional Advancement at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Jim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Radio, Television, and Film at Northwestern University. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Jim has been active in the Indianapolis community and served as a board chair for several community not-for-profit organizations. Jim is married and has two adult children.
Head of Middle School
Katie Baker began as Head of Middle School in the 2021-22 school year. Baker, who has been at Sycamore School for more than 20 years as a teacher, had a desire to move into a leadership role. "There are many aspects of the Head of Middle School position that are invigorating to me," she says. "I’ve enjoyed big-picture and creative thinking that leads to idea generation and problem solving, diving into curriculum across grade levels and subjects, working with gifted Middle School students in this new capacity, and guiding the exceptional Middle School faculty.” Katie is married and has two children who attend Sycamore School.
Head of Lower School
Tiffany Stahl came to Sycamore as a 1st grade assistant in 2005. Tiffany has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, and 3rd grade at Sycamore. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Indianapolis in 2005, her Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Ball State University in 2008, and her Master's degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in 2010. She is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children and the Indiana Association for the Gifted. Tiffany is married and has two children who attend Sycamore School.
Head of Early Childhood
Jennifer Williams is the Head of Early Childhood at Sycamore. She earned her B.A. and Kindergarten Endorsement from Ball State University and her Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Indiana University. Jennifer taught kindergarten in Plainfield Community Schools before coming to teach kindergarten at Sycamore in 1993. In addition to teaching at Sycamore, Jennifer has been an active participant in curriculum development as well as the early childhood admissions and screening processes for many years. She also chairs Sycamore's Equity and Justice Committee. Jennifer is a member National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Indiana Association for the Gifted (IAG), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC). She is married and has two children who are Sycamore graduates.
Director of Technology
Patrick Cauley is the Director of Technology at Sycamore. He received his B.A. from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee and his Master's degree from Nova Southeastern University. Patrick has taught in Arkansas, Ohio, Dubai, Kuwait, and China. Patrick is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, is married, and has two children.
Director of Extended Programs
Melissa Branigan is the Director of Extended Programs at Sycamore, which encompasses anything that occurs outside of the school day. Examples of extended programs include: middle school athletics, after-school activities, Quest (Sycamore’s before and after-school care), Quest summer camps, the Sycamore Academy, and middle school clubs and competition teams such as Vex Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind. Prior to taking this role, Melissa was a classroom teacher at Sycamore, teaching 4th grade for five years and 1st grade for ten years. She is married with two children (one current Sycamore student and one Sycamore graduate).
Executive Assistant to Head of School
Maria Truesdale is the Executive Assistant to the Head of School. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and earned her MBA from University of Indianapolis in 2005. Maria worked in business finance and marketing before starting at Sycamore in 2012. She has two children, T.J. ('23), and Joe, a current 7th grader at Sycamore.
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