About Us

In 1976, Indiana Education Service Centers (ESCs) were authorized by legislative action to provide joint services for Indiana K-12 schools. With definitive geographical boundaries in nine (9) regions, covering all 92 counties, local school corporations may voluntarily cooperate and share programs and services which they cannot individually provide, but collectively may implement (Indiana Code 20-1-11.3).

The Southern Indiana Education Center (Region 1 ESC) pre-dates this legislative action and was created prior to 1974. We are proud of the work we do and strive to provide forward-thinking, reliable, and common-sense support and training for Indiana schools.

We are here to support and empower our local education communities. Please feel free to reach out to us by either clicking the link below to email or calling us at 812.482.6641.

Judy Bueckert Executive Director

Judy Bueckert has spent most of her life as an educator in the roles of special education teacher, middle level teacher and elementary principal. Learning, at any level, is a passion. In 2008, she accepted the role of Director of Professional Learning at Southern IN Education Center and in 2012 became Executive Director. She really has the best job in the world! Her number one goal is to foster strength and certainty in all levels of education that WE CAN BE GREAT! This means supporting leaders and the growth of leadership in the SIEC region, promoting the development of teacher efficacy and encouraging educators to take the chance and be brave enough to listen to student voices. First ask, then listen…closely.

Amy Gonnerman Director of Special Projects

Amy has a M.Ed in Elementary Education from Indiana State University. She was a 2nd grade teacher prior to her employment at the SIEC where she has worked for many, many years in various roles. Details are her strength so she currently works with grant facilitation and budgets, the SW Indiana Food Co-Op, Starlab, workshop planning assistance, and other office specifics.

DeAnne Taggart Director of Professional Learning

DeAnne has 21 years of classroom experience and has enjoyed the last 5 years dedicated to all schools within southwestern Indiana. She is a curriculum development trainer, an academic/leadership coach, a collaboration coordinator, and has developed a wide variety of sessions focused on the needs of educators. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan University and would willingly go back to college and exist as a student at any time. DeAnne’s professional mission is to provide high-quality, current learning to all educators that inspires, empowers, and enriches, and as a result, reaches all students. With an expectation of lifelong learning, creativity, and insightful leadership, great things can be accomplished.

Julie Monetta Director of Educator Support

Julie has been a classroom educator for over 20 years, teaching primary, elementary, and secondary. She is a certified Literacy Specialist and Coach with a passion for educational neuroscience and its implications in the classroom. Julie has a M.Ed in Reading Development as well as a Certification in Brain Compatible Teaching and Learning.

Lori Richardson Professional Learning Facilitator/Presenter

Lori has been a classroom educator for 10 years teaching Life Science and PLTW Biomedical Sciences. She specializes in blended and project-based learning as well as STEM. As a 1:1 teacher, she mentored other educators on how to incorporate technology in the classroom and is working on her M.Ed in Educational Technology. She currently holds a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 certification.

Sharon Gunselman Executive Secretary

Sharon has worked at the SIEC for 34 years. She works with Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable, assists with workshop facilitation, and other various office duties. She attended Vincennes University Jasper Campus and majored in Business Management.

Herald Stuffle -- Van Driver

Ron Lagrange -- Van Driver