Bloomington — Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington has hired Elizabeth Stelle as the new Department Chair of Education. She took the helm on May 28 as Marjie Risen retires from her position this summer after 25 years of service.

“We feel very lucky to have found someone with Liz’s rich community connections and first-hand experience,” Annie Gray, Dean of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education and Teaching and Learning at Ivy Tech Bloomington said. “With her background in the classroom and program leadership, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.”

As a Bloomington native, Stelle has a deep background in education in the community. She attended Bloomington High School South and earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She was a teacher in numerous schools, including St. Charles Catholic School, St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten, Edgewood Primary School, The Project School, and Jill’s House International Preschool, where she served as director and was instrumental in the program’s growth.

Stelle holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education and a certificate in Early Childhood Leadership. She is pursuing a doctorate degree in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University and has taught and supervised pre-service teachers at IU since 2020.

“Building connections and relationships with my students and fellow educators is what brings me the most joy in my career,” Stelle said. “I have this overall feeling of contentment and that this [Ivy Tech] is where I am meant to be.”

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.