Dr. Jim McCall
Dr. McCall was appointed as superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools in September 2020 after serving as the district’s assistant superintendent since 2015. He is currently in his 23rd year as a public school educator in Valparaiso having begun his career as an English teacher and coach at VHS in 1999. Dr. McCall received his undergraduate degree in English from Wabash College and a Master’s Degree in English from Purdue University. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Ball State University and completed his doctoral work in Educational Leadership at Purdue University.
In addition to his career as an educator, he is an active member of the Valparaiso community and serves on the board of the Valpo Parks Foundation. He is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He and his wife, Leslie, have two children, Shannon and Connor, who are both products of Valparaiso Community Schools.
Mr. Nick Allison
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
Mr. Allison began his career as a math teacher in the East Porter County School Corporation before becoming a math teacher at Valparaiso High School in 2013. He has coached athletic and academic teams at VHS including boys tennis and academic decathlon. Mr. Allison made the transition to administration when he became the Assistant Principal at Valparaiso High School in 2016. He was named Director of Secondary Education in July 2018 and then Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in December 2020. Mr. Allison graduated from Ball State University with Bachelor's Degrees in Architecture and Science. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and an Education Specialist Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Serena, reside in Valparaiso with their four children, Lena, Josiah, Analiese, and Elijah.
Ms. Judy Malasto
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Judy Malasto joined Valparaiso Community Schools as Director of Grants and Testing in 2019 after serving as an administrator in East Porter County School Corporation and Duneland School Corporation. She served as the Interim Superintendent for Duneland School Corporation in 2018. In addition to these educational roles, she also served as a general education and special education elementary teacher. She began her role as Director of Elementary Education in the summer of 2020 and was named Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education in December 2020. Ms. Malasto has earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, and an Education Specialist Degree from Ball State University. Ms. Malasto graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1993 and has remained a northwest Indiana resident with her three children.
Dr. Erin Hawkins
Director of Social Emotional Learning
Dr. Erin Hawkins joined the Valparaiso Community School team in the Fall of 2001. She has spent her career as an elementary teacher and administrator. In 2019, she began her current role as the district’s Director of Social Emotional Learning. Dr. Hawkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration from Ball State University. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from Ball State University in 2020.
Mrs. Sharon Qualkenbush
Interim Chief Financial Officer