President, Director: Bonnie Buckley
Bonnie Buckley is the proud owner/president of Honey Grove Educational Center. After many years of teaching within the Center Grove Community Schools, Bonnie noticed a strong need for early childhood education in the area. Honey Grove was created with the idea that all children should be provided the tools to succeed. Early childhood education becomes the foundation of a child’s educational future.
Bonnie has always had the passion for teaching children and watching them develop confidence and a genuine love for learning. Her vision was to create and continue to develop a childcare/preschool program which includes a safe, nurturing, and loving environment while providing the support needed for successful growth in early learning. She wanted to create a progressive and balanced, hands on curriculum that includes play based learning, teacher lead learning, and structured classroom routines. Our students will experience the educational environment early on, which will prepare them for the high standards and expectations that are part of the current elementary school programs. Honey Grove Educational Center is “where student success begins”.
Personally, Bonnie was born and raised here in Johnson County and graduated from Center Grove high school in 1977. She received her undergrad from Indiana University in Elementary Education. Then earned her Masters in Elementary School Administration thereafter. Bonnie became a working mother and raised three active son’s in the community, all graduating from Center Grove as well. They are now grown men with families of their own. She is now fortunate to enjoy all her wonderful grandchildren and watch them grow through Honey Grove! Outside of time spent at her grandchildren’s activities, her and her husband Gary stay busy and like to attend movies, travel, and entertain.
Vice President, Management: Adam McClurg,
After graduating from Center Grove High School, Adam furthered his education by attending Indiana University as a student-athlete. He was a member of the IU football team for the years 2003-2007 and earned a varsity letter all four years. He graduated from IU, in December 2007, with a B.S. in Management and earned his business certificate from the Kelley School of Business. Adam controls Honey Grove’s daily operations and business administration.
Progam Director: Lindsey Smith
Lindsey Smith was brought on board to Honey Grove in August of 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University. While in school Lindsey’s ultimate goal was to operate and lead a child care center with a focus on education. To gain more knowledge and experience she spent 10 years teaching kindergarten at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Perry Township. During these 10 years she greatly enjoyed working with students, families and staff to assist in the academic, social and behavioral growth of 28 little ones each year. Some of her favorite things to do with her students were putting on creative performances for students and families, teaching literacy skills using the Zoo Phonics program, coming up with engaging hands on activities and simply observing her students as they experienced and developed the love and excitement of learning. In 2009 Lindsey was proudly awarded the “Teacher of the Year” award.
Throughout her teaching career Lindsey’s passion for Early Childhood Education continued to grow and develop. Joining the Honey Grove family felt like the perfect fit where she could bridge the gap between public early childhood education and the daycare/preschool setting. It has been a wonderful experience and she is eager and excited to help Honey Grove Inc. expand to reach out to as many families as possible to provide the best Early Childhood Education to guarantee a successful start in kindergarten. As part of her role she enjoys working with teachers to educate them and model the best practices of teaching, lesson planning and behavior management. She also enjoys working with students to support all areas of development and works diligently to create a program where all students can succeed. Planning community involvement opportunities, staff building experiences and creating ways to unify staff and families has been an enjoyable focus as well.
Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, 5 year old daughter, two year old son and the newest family member, a Goldendoodle puppy, Marlo! They enjoy vacationing, swimming, playing outside and doing projects together. Lindsey has lived in the Center Grove area her entire life and is proud to call this wonderful community her home. She is excited to help Honey Grove Inc. continue to grow to provide unforgettable experiences and education for children of all ages!
Progam Assistant Director: Lexi Clark
Lexi joined the Honey Grove team in September of 2012 as an Afternoon Assistant and now works as the Program Assistant Director. She is enrolled at IUPUI studying Management and Human Resources set to graduate in 2019. Lexi’s main focus is billing, enrollment, marketing, and event planning but is able to help out wherever needed and answer any questions about Honey Grove.
Progam Human Resources and Project Specialist: Emily Roth
“As a parent, community member, and child advocate, I was attracted to work for Honey Grove because it will allow me to utilize my skills, passion, education, and energy for early childhood education to foster and strengthen the already existing superior culture that Honey Grove has established within Johnson County.” Emily has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Masters’ of Arts Degree in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies from Ball State University.
Emily has a vast variety of experiences working with children and families as well as professional experiences that that has led her to pursuing the full-time opportunity to serve children and families every day. Emily served as a home visitor for children and families with the Healthy Families program before obtaining a position as a Graduate Assistant/Lead Teacher for Infants and Toddlers with the Ball State Child Study Center. For five years, Emily held a career as the Health and Human Sciences Extension Educator with Purdue University and the department of Cooperative Extension Service serving the residents of Monroe County, Bloomington, IN. During her tenure she provided research-based programming. Emily has also had various leadership opportunities serving as program chair for the area Extension Educators team, program chair for the state Human Development team, and on various teams working on local, regional, and state initiatives pertinent to the needs of residents in the state of Indiana. Emily has been with Honey Grove since July of 2016. Emily’s experiences working with staff, families, and the community will allow her to use her skills for Honey Grove in hiring and staffing high quality early childhood professionals, as well as taking the lead on other various topics and projects within the two licensed centers. Emily is looking forward to using her experiences and passion to elevate Honey Grove and provide families and staff with knowledge and information for their early childhood work every day within the classroom.
Emily is from Portage, Indiana, which is in Northwest Indiana. She lives in Greenwood, IN with her husband Jacob and their 4 year old son Jett and their Goldendoodle Paxton. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends and are looking forward to getting to know the community even better. Emily and her family are very excited about this wonderful and exciting opportunity and look forward to continuing to be a part of the Honey Grove family. Emily hopes to continue to work with the Honey Grove team to create a safe, educational, fun, and loving environment for all families. Emily has an open door policy and welcomes feedback, input, and ideas from all staff and families, to provide the highest quality of care in a professional, warm, and welcoming environment.
Progam Toddler Instructional Coach: Tara Koestel
Tara graduated from Purdue