Shy-Quon Ely II & Brooke Beavers

Innovation School Fellows: 2016

Ignite Achievement Academy

Shy Quon and Brooke standing side by side

Shy-Quon Ely II & Brooke Beavers bring to the fellowship their experience co-leading a successful school in Indianapolis that is producing exceptional academic results for its students.

Shy and Brooke co-launched the Tindley Summit Academy and currently serve as co-principals of the school.  In 2015, it was the second highest performing elementary charter among Mayor-sponsored charter schools on the state’s reading exam with a pass rate of 88%.  Even with a new, more rigorous state standardized test, the school surpassed the state average for English proficiency and outperformed other schools with similar student populations.

They propose to launch an elementary school that propels scholars academically through an accelerated curriculum that focuses on neuro-scientific instruction and learning, staff and community collaboration, as well as a holistic emphasis that incorporates physical, nutritional and mental wellness.

The school will draw upon the research of the “accelerated school” philosophy in which the culture is driven by all stakeholders.  The educational foundation will center on the latest research in neuroscience; brain compatible teaching and learning; and the mindsets, attitudes and techniques consistent with this research.

Before entering education, Shy founded FusiK MusIQ, an academic and character enrichment program for K-12 students in Indianapolis. He then led his students to achieve at high levels in the classroom at Tindley Preparatory Academy before becoming an administrator with the Tindley Schools.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in health science from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and an education administration license from Marian University.  He currently is working on his doctorate in educational leadership at Indiana State University.

Brooke has more than 14 years experience as a teacher and an administrator overseeing academics and instruction.  Prior to moving to Indiana, Brooke was an elementary teacher in her hometown of Moreno Valley, California.  In Indiana, she taught at Crestview Elementary School and Tindley Accelerated School before becoming the inaugural assistant principal of academics at Tindley Collegiate Academy.  Under her leadership, the school earned an “A” from the state and was the highest performing charter school among Mayor-sponsored charters during the 2013-14 school year.  In 2013, she received the “Tindley Torchbearer” award after being named “Teacher of the Year” at her school.

She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Riverside and a master’s degree in teaching from Chapman University in California. She earned a school administrator’s license from Marian University and is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership at Indiana State University.