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Administration

Dr. Jim McCall
 
Dr. Jim McCall
Superintendent

 

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. 

 

Nick Allison
 
Dr. Nick Allison
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
 

Dr. Allison began his education 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 served as the VHS math department chair and has coached athletic and academic teams at VHS including boys basketball, boys tennis, and academic superbowl. Dr. Allison transitioned 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. Dr. Allison graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and Science. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, an Education Specialist Degree, and his Doctorate in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Serena, reside in Valparaiso with their four children, Lena, Josiah, Analiese, and Elijah.

 
 
Judy Malasto
 
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.

 
 
Erin Hawkins
 
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.

 

 
 
J. Holifield
 
Mr. Jim Holifield
Chief Financial Officer
 

Mr. Holifield joined Valparaiso Community Schools as Chief Financial Officer in the Summer of 2022. He has spent his thirty-plus years in Education as a science teacher, coach, middle school principal, and Director of Finance. Mr. Holifield received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Secondary Education/Administration from Indiana University; he also earned his MBA from Purdue University in 2008. He is a lifelong resident of northwest Indiana and resides with his wife, Kim, who is also an educator of thirty-plus years. They have four children: Chris, Katie, Rachael, and Alayna.