Brent Dawes has been teaching for 7 years and is in his fifth year at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center and in his third year teaching at AVE. He received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physical Education, Health and Safety and Social Studies all from Purdue University in West Lafayette back in 2000. Brent is now currently working towards his Masters in Special Education at IUPUI. He is married to his beautiful wife of twelve years, Heather, and has three children: Jacob, 8, Jeremy, 5, and Juliana, 3. He is a very active person at 38-years-old belonging to a cycling team and competing in bike races throughout the year. Brent also gets up at 4 AM to workout several days a week. Brent is very active in the community he is the director of the Bret Neylon’s Race to Recovery 5K run/walk which benefits the Bret Neylon Paralysis Foundation. He is also the vice president on the board of directors to this foundation. Brent was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2008 for his hours of civic participation. His hobbies include running, playing golf, fishing, spending time with his wife, and teaching his kids to ride bikes.
Mark is a graduate of Franklin College where he majored in PE and Health. He is also a graduate of Ball State University where he obtained his administrative license.
Mark has been teaching for AVE for 4 years now. He currently is the Athletic Director at Shelbyville Middle School. Prior to being at Shelbyville Middle School, Mark taught for 5 years at Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center. He also spent 1 year at Southport High School in a teacher leader role.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his 5 year old son Jeremiah. He is also is a licensed football and basketball official for the IHSAA. “In my time with AVE, I can honestly say that I feel like I have helped hundreds of students get to where they want in life when it comes to being healthy. AVE has opened doors in the world of education that we never thought possible!”
Mr. Patz – Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Patz graduated from Merrillville High School in 1982 and received a bachelor of Physical Education with a minor in Mathematics from Purdue University in 1987. He went on to get professionalize his math and get his Masters in Secondary Education from Butler University. He is the current Math Dept. Chair at Ben Davis High School, completing his 32nd year at Ben Davis. During his time at Ben Davis he has coached varsity Basketball, and Girls and Boys Golf.
He is married to his wife Kathy and have 2 children, Brad and Breanna.
Mrs. Lawrie – Physical Education Teacher
Libby Lawrie recently retired after 34 years of teaching. She has a strong commitment to education, physical fitness and health. Mrs. Lawrie received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and master’s degree in education from Butler University. She has spent 21 years teaching biology, science, health and physical education in the classroom and 13 years teaching in the virtual environment. Mrs. Lawrie is Achieve Virtual Education Academy’s virtual education specialist and physical education teacher. She is also an adjunct instructor for the IUPUI School of Education, a national presenter, a My Big Campus Trainer and a virtual education evangelist. She is a member of iNACOL, ISTE, Future of Education, Global Education and Skype Educators. She has received an IPL Golden Apple Award and was honored as Creative Biology Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Lawrie is a life-long learner and has a strong comment to see each student succeed. She is a mother of three amazing adults. Her daughter Nikki (Miami of Ohio) is a biology/chemistry teacher, Kevin (Purdue University) is a graphic designer and Nate (Yale University), played six years in the NFL and currently is playing for the San Francisco 49ers. She has been blessed with a son-in-law Brian, who is a school principal, and two daughters-in-law Amanda, a teacher, and Smaranda, who is in the Asian-Pacific Leadership Program. She has four grandchildren (and one on the way), and loves to take them swimming. Her grandchildren are always at her house playing the Wii, xBox, iPad and iPhone. Her husband, Chris, just retired from 35 years in education and still coaches football.
Mr. Brett Waller – Physical Education Teacher
Brett Waller is a graduate of Franklin College where he majored in Physical Education and Health. He is also a graduate of Ball State University where he earned a M.A. in Mild Interventions. He currently teaches at Hamilton Southeastern High School. He previously taught PE and coached football at Ben Davis High School for 8 years. In his free time he loves to spend time with his wife and friends.