Mrs. Johanna Kitchell is thrilled to join the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy Board of Directors. Mrs. Kitchell is in her tenth year as director of the Riverside Orchestra program. She is the 2018 Indiana ASTA Middle School Music Educator of the Year, and the 2014 recipient of the Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Middle School Music Educator award. Mrs. Kitchell also currently serves as President of the Indiana chapter of the American String Teachers Association. INASTA is a professional organization that provides resources, events, and performance opportunities for students and educators. Currently, Mrs. Kitchell also serves on the board of the Indiana Arts Education Network, an advocacy group promoting arts education in all schools across Indiana, as well as the board of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, as an education and community liaison.
Mrs. Kitchell is a graduate of Butler University, where she studied cello under Dr. William Grubb. A native of New York, Mrs. Kitchell has loved her time at Riverside, working hard to build and maintain this talented and successful program. Mrs. Kitchell is very involved in the Indianapolis music community as a private string teacher, professional gig musician, and frequent concert-goer. She was named the 2014 recipient of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Pitz Leadership Award, which recognizes community contributions to the orchestra. When not in school, Mrs. Kitchell enjoys running, working out, listening to music, watching Jeopardy, baking, playing with her dog, Zoey, and talking to her husband, Mr. Kitchell, who is currently on overseas deployment with the Indiana Army National Guard.
Our Innaugural Annual Innovation Fund raised over $9,200! The ISA Board of Directors is committed to helping every child reach their potential and is investing your gifts in our students by allocating these funds to faculty training and development.
Time and time again, our students and families report back to us that the quality of teaching at ISA, and their relationship with their teacher is what makes ISA so remarkable. It is the day-in and day-out work of our faculty that is impacting children’s lives.
“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning”
~ Robert John Meehan