Mr. Steve Arnold, Superintendent
Mr. Arnold became the superintendent at the Allen County ESC on August 1, 2016. Prior to assuming this new position, he served as the superintendent for Wayne Trace Local Schools from 2011-2016. He was an administrator with Antwerp Local Schools for fourteen years, serving nine years as a building principal/district testing coordinator and five years as the JH/HS athletic director. He began his career as a 7-12 English/language arts teacher with Antwerp.
Mr. Arnold received his bachelor's degree from Huntington University, his Master's Degree in educational administration from Indiana University and his principal and superintendent licensure through Bowling Green State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership through BGSU.
Mr. Arnold and his wife, Susie, have four adult children, five grandchildren, and reside in Antwerp, OH.
Karla Wireman, Treasurer
Mrs. Wireman is a licensed Treasurer with the State of Ohio. Her role as Treasurer is to serve as Financial Officer and Secretary to the Allen County ESC Governing Board. Mrs. Wireman graduated from Allen East High School, has two grown children and has been employed with the ESC since 1984.
Judy Chaffins, Director of Gifted
Judy Chaffins has worked in the Gifted Services Department of the Allen County ESC for twenty-six years. She began her career teaching first grade at Bath Local Schools after graduating from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Later, she became a gifted intervention specialist serving third through eighth grades at both Delphos City Schools and Elida Local Schools. After obtaining a Master's of Education Degree from Bowling Green State University and obtaining a Supervisor's License from the University of Dayton, she became a coordinator for gifted education.
Gwen Johns, Director of ED/Alternative and JDC Programs
Gwen Johns serves as the Director of the ED and Alternative Programs as well as Director of the Educational Programming at the Walter J. Roush Juvenile Detention Center. She continues to collaborate and team with programming staff, district supervisors and administrators of neighboring districts to provide support and specialized instruction and services for students considered "at risk" and those with special needs. Prior to taking on her current role, Gwen had the privilege of working for the ESC as a teacher for students with Autism for 4 years; and prior to that she taught several years at the middle school level in the areas of Math, Reading and Language Arts.
Kim Nellis, Director of Special Education Services
Kim Nellis is employed by the Allen County Educational Service Center as a Special Education Supervisor. She coordinates special education services for Allen County’s Multiple Disabilities Program, Great Day Academy (Autism Program), and provides special education consultation services to Bath and Spencerville Local Schools. She also provides professional development to Allen County educators in the area of special education. Before coming to Allen County, she held the position of Director of Special Education for the Mercer County ESC for ten years. While in this capacity, Kim supervised the county Speech/Language Therapists, School Psychologists, Special Education Supervisors, OT/PTs, and Parent Mentor.
Amy Recker, Director of Preschool
Amy Recker presently is the Preschool Special Educator Director as well as the supervisor of related services (occupational and physical therapy). The preschool program consists of 8 center based classrooms, 3 itinerant intervention specialists and several other specialists in various fields who provide support and specialized instruction in various locations to students based on individual needs. Prior to being a leader of the preschool program, she was a preschool special education teacher for 12 teachers in which she taught a variety of disabilities and typically developing students. Having a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), she has a deep passion for working in partnership with families with children with disabilities.
Mindy Schulz, Executive Director
With more than 20 years of diverse educational experience, from the classroom to leadership to consulting, Mindy serves as Chief Executive Officer of the West Central Learning Academy, and Executive Director at the ACESC leading all evaluation related initiatives, facilitating professional development, and overseeing grades 9-12 curriculum and instruction. Mindy has been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as a state trainer for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES), and the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES). Additionally, Mindy is trained in all aspects of student growth measures, including student learning objectives (SLOs). She has presented numerous times at statewide conferences, and worked with educators across the state to implement various legislative mandates.
Mindy also has expertise in assessment literacy, Ohio’s Learning Standards, curriculum mapping and alignment, data analysis, and formative instructional practices. She has served as a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum supervisor, and graduate level adjunct instructor.
Feel free to contact Mindy for professional development and consultative services. Customized training is available.