Meet our Educators
We are proud of our educational team and appreciate all of the hard work they put into creating the very best academic environment for our students!
Student Services Director
Mrs. Cari Calico
I am a helper by nature and enjoy teamwork and creative art projects.
I am also a wife to Dr. Jefferson Calico, a professor
at the University of the Cumberlands. We have four children: my elder children are in college and our
twins are upcoming sophomores in high school. We have two rescue pets and enjoy time on our family farm together. I have traveled to Greece, Japan, and England. I enjoy reading historical fiction and I like creative hobbies including art project design.
I am a graduate of Georgetown College and
I have a master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
I’ve worked for the Corbin School system since 2015 and The Corbin School of Innovation lives up to being called innovative. We are a uniquely flexible and vibrant learning community. We provide personalized academics that meets Kentucky state standards and gives mentorship to each of our students. We intentionally support students' academic needs, talents, and social skills within our individualized learning process. Our team empowers students to explore their interests, to make cool projects with fun materials, and grow in knowledge and personal independence.
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something and just because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
-Sound of America (E.Hale)
Mrs. Calico's School Highlights
I am originally from Tennessee, but have lived in Corbin since 2006. I am married to Mr. Baker (who teaches at Corbin Middle School), and we have two boys-Nolan and Nate. We love spending time together as a family and adventuring together.
I've always loved to sing, dance and perform. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Minor in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee and a MAT in Music from the University of the Cumberlands.
Before working for Corbin schools, I owned a dance studio for many years. I am currently the music minister and choir director at First Christian Church, Corbin. I have 13 years experience as a church musician and choir director. I have participated in and choreographed many productions and musicals throughout my career and I am so excited to keep making that magic happen for my students at the Corbin School of Innovation.
I believe that every child is a star and through the performing arts, every child can find joy, self expression, and a deeper appreciation of themselves and the world around them.
Mrs. Lindsay Baker
Montessori Lower Elementary &
Performing Arts Specialist
"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. " -Martha Graham
Mrs. Baker's Class Highlights
I love teaching. I spend much of my time with my family, I have three amazing boys and all three are active in sports and outdoor activities. We have a farm where I garden, cut hay, raise cattle, horses and chickens. I enjoy reading, gardening, boating, camping, hiking, really anything outdoors. I love my church and church family.
I have worked for Corbin schools since 2009. I graduated from EKU in 2004 with a BA in Paralegal Studies and a minor in History. I am currently working on my Masters with the University of the Cumberlands. I am certified in Montessori Secondary I & II, which include ages 11-18. I enjoy taking real life applications and using them to teach required standards in a way that is more applicable to our students. Fostering a love of education and how it plays into all aspects of our lives is what we do. We do not just teach general education, we allow our students to explore their own interests and then create lessons, activities and projects to allow them to explore those interests educationally.
Mrs. Alisha Hammack
Montessori High School & Entrepreneurial Business
"The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." -Maria Montessori
Mrs. Hammack's Class Highlights
Montessori Middle School; Nature & Science Specialist
Mrs. Rachel Johnson
I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and camping. We usually hike in local parks but we also enjoy going to National Parks when we get a chance. I have recently started gardening and sewing which I now have a passion for. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. I went back to school to attain my Master’s degree in Middle School Science with an endorsement as a Teacher Leader. Educational experiences that shaped not only my work ethic but also my educational perspectives include participating in the Walt Disney World’s College Program and Campus Representative, Ecology Project International’s Teacher Rainforest and Sea Turtle Ecology Program in Costa Rica, and the National Park’s Teacher Ranger Teacher Program at the Manhattan Project NHP. In my middle school classroom, students work together to foster a sense of community in the classroom through student developed morning meetings, projects, core values, and closing meetings. Students develop skills through project-based learning and field experiences that align with the curriculum. Students are finally able to show their learning through creative ways at our Museum Nights hosted at the school twice a year and through community service projects.
“When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” -Maria Montessori
Mrs. Johnson's Class Highlights
High School Dual Credit
& Flex Program
Mrs. Lisa Lewis
This is my second year at the Corbin School of Innovation, and all I can say is, I love it! I am currently a high teacher for students in FLEX and Dual Credit classes. I also assist with the yearbook and internships. My background is in marketing and business education, and I am a graduate of EKU and the University of the Cumberlands.
I try to encourage my students to persevere even when things seem impossible. What matters is that one continues to try to move forward, even if it's one baby step at a time. We need to learn from our mistakes and not let them define us. We are not our mistakes.
I think it's important to find strength and happiness from within and not from others.
One thing that brings me inner happiness is time on the lake. I could even see myself living on the water when I retire (preferably in a houseboat).
More than anything, I want to remind my students to never give up, even when things get tough. Life is full of highs/lows or valleys and mountains that one must endure. If I can somehow show them how to do that, I will feel like I have accomplished so much in this life.
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship." -Louise May Alcott
Mrs. Lewis's Class Highlights
High School Media, Film,
Mrs. Kelly Mackey
My little family is everything! I have been with my husband since I was 14 years old and we have a three year old son. My hobbies currently include playing Lion King and Ninja Turtles with my little boy, but I also enjoy making Tik Tok videos of him. My favorite thing to do is travel as a family. I love to see new places and I love theme parks. I have a Bachelor degree from WKU in photojournalism. After years as a newspaper photographer and videographer I decided to teach and give back to the community that raised me. I moved back home to Corbin and got my Masters from UC In teaching. I am Certified to teach K-5, media arts and computer science. My favorite part about our school is the culture we have and the tiny community we are. Everyone belongs and the focus is not solely on core content but it’s also about helping grow good humans.
"Be the person you needed" -Ayesha Siddiqi
Mrs. Mackey's Class Highlights
I enjoy being outdoors with my family and friends, hiking, and kayaking. (Occasional travel). I am an avid reader and hope to read 60 books this year. I would love to be able to hike the entire Sheltowee Trace trail in sections by the end of 2023. (319 miles). I have a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. Currently enrolled in the M.A.T. Program emphasis in Special Education at The University of the Cumberlands. My goal is to meet students where they are and assist them to become productive citizens by empowering them to advocate for themselves and to become college and/or career - ready.
Mrs. Heather Martinez
Middle School FLEX & Special Education
"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.." -Zig Ziglar
I have worn many hats in my lifetime. I have been a teacher, a journalist, and I have even worked in a funeral home. I have a passion for the creative and performing arts, both on and off the stage; but my favorite role is being a mom to my daughter, Scarlett. In the Montessori method, we 'follow the child.' This means that relationships are essential. Whether it's a daily check-in, a smile or a nod for a little boost of confidence, or acknowledging kindness in others, students at SOI know that we are on their side. These may seem like small, fleeting moments during the day, but the benefits can last a lifetime...building poise, presence, and peace of mind.
Ms. Brooke Stansbury
Montessori Elementary &
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
Brooke Cole Stansbury, M.Ed., PBSS