The same proven team of educators that has fostered the model of success at Herron High School over the last decade will lead Riverside High School. Daily operations of Riverside High School will be managed by the Head of School, while a core group of administrators will oversee operations at both campuses.
President and Head of Schools
As Herron High School’s founding Head of School, Janet McNeal brings her 35 years of experience in education to her role of overseeing all operations of Herron High School as well as the efforts to expand to a second campus and establish Riverside High School.
McNeal’s first experience in a classroom was teaching U.S. soldiers American History and English in South Korea. She then taught American Literature and Ancient World Literature at Cathedral High School prior to becoming the Honors Director and subsequently the Academic Dean.
Mrs. McNeal’s expertise in curriculum development served as a valuable resource during Herron High School’s start-up phase and continues to be a key ingredient in Herron High School’s academic successes. Mrs. McNeal’s passion for student achievement and knowledge in the areas of professional development, assessment tools, and student advising continue to be rich resources to the faculty, students, and the school community. Due to her impactful leadership, McNeal was recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Education”.
Mrs. McNeal holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from IUS, a M.S. in Secondary Language Education form Indiana University, and a Certificate of School Administration from Indiana University Purdue University.
Janet is married to Claude McNeal, Producer, Director and Playwright, and Founder and former Artistic Director of the American Cabaret Theatre. McNeal is the mother of three; Andrew, a Major in the US Army who has served in two deployments in Iraq; Benjamin, living in Portland, recently completed a degree in alternative medicine; and Amanda, who is a visual artist and entrepreneur. Janet has three grandsons who inspire her to continue to allow all students to have free and equal access to a Classical, Liberal Arts education. She serves on the board of CM Productions and is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Vice President, Academics
Jonathan Harris will oversee the creation of the curricula for both Herron High School and Riverside High School. He will work closely with both principals and Mrs. McNeal to guide the academic experience of each student at both campuses. A founding faculty member of Herron High School, Mr. Harris now serves as Assistant Head of School and Advanced Choir Director.
Harris holds a B.S. in Music Education from Alabama A&M University as well as a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Capella University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration at Ball State University.
Mr. Harris is actively engaged in his community. He is a former member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and volunteers monthly with the Soup Kitchen at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Jonathan and his wife Devonia have five children.
Head of School
As the founding Head of School of Riverside High School, Katie Dorsey will be integral in bringing the unique culture and successful educational model of Herron High School to the second campus. Mrs. Dorsey joined the faculty of Herron High School in 2008 as an English teacher. Since then, she has become an important member of the student advising team, developing and implementing school-wide support systems to identify and meet student needs – academic, college and career, and personal.
Dorsey holds a BS in English and Secondary Education and a Masters in School Counseling from Butler University.
Katie is active in the Indianapolis education community and was selected to participate in a Charter School Fellowship with a local non-profit. Katie and her husband Tim recently welcomed their first child.
Assistant Head of School
Emanuel Harper joined the Herron High School faculty in 2011 as a French teacher and currently serves as the Academic Accountability and Data Coordinator.
In this role he creates and institutes department and school-specific academic achievement plans especially as it relates to the mastery and re-teaching of content.
Mr. Harper holds a BA in French and Francophone Studies from Wabash College as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Marian University, where he also completed the Teaching & Learning Leadership Administrator Program.
Emanuel is a passionate educational policy advocate, training new teachers as a Lead Instructor with The New Teacher Project as well as serving as a board member with the national organization Teach Plus. He has been called upon to testify on educational matters before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate Education Committee. Emanuel and his husband Daniel live in the Fall Creek Place neighborhood of Indianapolis.