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ASHBURN, VA (February 22, 2024)—The Indian Hill Exempted Village School District in Ohio achieved the esteemed AASA/JASON STEM Certification, a significant accomplishment that underscores the district’s commitment to excellence in STEM education. The recognition was presented during the AASA National Education Conference on Wednesday, February 14, in San Diego, CA.

The STEM Certification, awarded by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in collaboration with JASON Learning, recognizes a school district’s dedication to providing outstanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education to its students. By meeting rigorous criteria and demonstrating exceptional proficiency in STEM instruction, Indian Hill has distinguished itself as a leader in preparing students for success in the fields of STEM.

This is the right work – for our students, for our community, for public education, and for our world. We are excited at this moment in our Brave history, and we continue to look to the future, always pushing ourselves to see how we can continue to evolve our educational practices towards excellence. We hope to never arrive at a final destination for STEM learning, and that is what makes the journey so uniquely Indian Hill.

Kirk Koennecke, Indian Hill CEO/Superintendent

The JASON team provided this feedback regarding the Indian Hill School District’s application:

  • Beginning from Kindergarten, Indian Hill consistently incorporates scientific thinking and real-world problem-solving opportunities, leading to structured internships and externships at the high school level.
  • The school effectively challenges its staff with targeted training programs and strategically planned goals, ensuring that every member of the Indian Hill team has the necessary time to create high-quality learning opportunities.
  • STEM initiatives are at the core of student expectations, with leadership actively facilitating organic teacher development.
  • Indian Hill demonstrates a strong commitment to building students’ technical capacity and offering continuous STEM exposure and development opportunities throughout their educational journey.

This achievement highlights the hard work and commitment to STEM education of not only one school in Indian Hill but the entire Indian Hill School District and community. We are proud to stand alongside Indian Hill on this exciting journey of empowering future STEM leaders.

Dr. Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO of JASON Learning

The certification serves as a testament to Indian Hill’s ongoing efforts to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the rapidly evolving landscape of STEM disciplines. By providing a robust STEM curriculum and engaging learning opportunities at all grade levels, Indian Hill is nurturing a culture of innovation and excellence.

For more information about the AASA/JASON STEM Certification, please contact: Matt Sieloff, Vice President of Implementation and Development at JASON Learning, at


About JASON Learning

JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit transforming science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education through real-world STEM curricula, project-based learning experiences for PreK-12 students, and high-quality professional development for teachers. JASON’s mission is to “inspire and educate students everywhere through real science and exploration.” To learn more about JASON, visit  

JASON Media Contact: Jenna Davis,

About Indian Hill Schools

Ranked consistently as one of the top-performing schools in Ohio and nationally – the vision of the Indian Hill Exempted Village School District (IHEVSD) is our #IHPromise, which prioritizes our students by empowering their voice in a personalized, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment. Nearly 2,200 young scholars enjoy the exceptional educational services IHEVSD offers, ensuring each student’s intellectual development, personal growth, and social responsibility. IHEVSD serves students in the Village of Indian Hill; Kenwood; parts of Symmes Township; Camp Dennison; and a few houses in Loveland. For more information, please visit and join the social media conversation – Facebook: Indian Hill Exempted Village School District; Twitter: @IHSchools; Instagram: indianhillschools.

About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit