Diocesan Professional Development Day

Friday, February 16 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM



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8:00 a.m. Check-in (coffee station available)

8:20 a.m. Opening Prayer and Remarks

8:30 a.m. Opening Speaker - Ted Neitzke

9:45 a.m. Breakout Session

10:45 a.m. Bring it Back with Ted Neitzke

11:45 a.m. Lunch (will be meatless for a Lenten Friday from Scartozzi's Trattoria)

12:30 p.m. Awards and Diocese Comments - Ms. Colleen Brewer

1:00 p.m. All About the New Standards - Dr. Michelle Grewe

1:45 p.m. Closing Speaker and Prayer - Fr. Declan McNicholas

2:30-4:30 p.m. Happy Hour at Zorn Brew Works (limited drink tickets available, we will have access to the main taproom and upstairs loft)


Parking and Check-in Info

Check in will be in the Scholl Center which is located at 333 W. 10th St. in Michigan City. We encourage you to carpool if possible.

Parking is available in Marquette’s staff lot which is east of the building (enter through Door B5) and the two other lots (student and auxiliary) which are to the west (enter through door B1). Ample street parking will also be available, and you are welcome to enter through Door B4.

Handicap parking is available in our student lot which is the closest lot adjacent to the Scholl Center.

Overflow parking (if needed) will be two blocks away at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. Park at the south end, closest to the Gap, and Marquette will provide a shuttle minibus to and from the campus.


Speaker Bios

Ted Neitzke 

Chief Executive Officer and Agency Administrator for CESA 6, Ted is a motivational keynote speaker who has presented to thousands of educators around the country. He demonstrates the power every individual carries to influence other people through optimism and cognizant leadership. Ted has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Ted is also the host and creator of "The Smart Thinking" podcast which is dedicated to supporting leadership in the classroom, the boardroom, and in life by sparking reflection, action, collaboration, and empathy. 

Dr. Michelle Grewe

Michelle Grewe is an education consultant with Connect the Dots. Michelle's professional journey began with 20 years in the classroom, where she worked with 5th and 6th graders at the Westview School Corporation in Shipshewana. She then transitioned into the role of Director of Curriculum and Assessment, discovering her passion for understanding how all the pieces of standards, instruction, legislation, and assessment fit together.

Michelle continued her work as the Director of Professional Development with two of Indiana's nine Educational Service Centers before assuming her current role. Residing in Shipshewana with her husband Randy, Michelle works to keep in touch with her daughter Audrey, who resides in Los Angeles, and her son Sam, currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Michigan.

Fr. Declan McNicholas

Fr. Declan is the Associate Pastor of St. John the Evangelist, the Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship for the Diocese of Gary, and Director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program for the Diocese of Gary. Previously he was the associate pastor of St. Thomas More and a transitional deacon at St. Michael. 

Fr. Declan was ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Gary on June 1st, 2019 by Bishop Hying. He received his undergraduate from Marian University/Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis in Philosophy with a minor in economics. In 2019, Fr. Declan graduated from Mundelein Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity. In 2021, he received a Masters in Ecclesial Non-profit and Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He grew up in Chesterton, where he attended St. Patrick's Grade School and Parish and Chesterton High School. His parents still live in Chesterton with his younger brothers and sisters. He comes from a large family; he is the oldest of 8 brothers and sisters. 

He has an ever-growing list of hobbies and things I like to do.  Everything from bike riding to nature photography; playing music to drinking good coffee and a good beer with friends.  


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