Supporting Innovative, Creative, Proven Education

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Franklin Education Connection supports innovative, creative and proven ways to help students learn and give them opportunities to be successful in and beyond the classroom.

Using community resources, we enhance academic excellence and instill a lifelong love of learning by connecting Franklin Community Schools.

Our Education Foundation provides grants for programs to enhance academic achievement, while Study Connection and FCHS First Scholars join dedicated adult volunteers with students needing extra guidance to succeed.

You are invited to be part of this remarkable community-school partnership.



Our Commitment

Alumni and friends like you believe deeply in the work of Franklin Community Schools. You share a commitment to educating great students. That is why the Franklin Community Schools Education Foundation was launched in 2010. The Education Foundation joined with Study Connection in 2013 to create Franklin Education Connection, and provides grants for classroom programs and academic projects.

Get Involved

Give Your Time to Support Student Success

Franklin Education Connection seeks volunteers who share our passion for making our schools a great place for our students to learn.

We need many varieties of talents — whether it’s helping children with their homework, assisting teachers with a project, reviewing grant applications or organizing a fundraising event. If you are an alumnus, you can give back to the schools who taught you. If you are a friend of Franklin schools or someone wanting to help, you will not find a more fulfilling cause.

Tell us how you would like to help.


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Our Leadership

Melissa Parramore

Executive Director

Melissa Parramore holds a bachelor's degree in Merchandising from Indiana University, Bloomington. She worked as a Buyer for Spiegel, just outside of Chicago before entering the nonprofit world. Melissa's career in Franklin began as Study Connection Director in 2013. Career highlights thus far include leading Study Connection to the Volunteer Programming Award from Serve Indiana in 2015. 

Melissa was awarded The Diane Black Servant Leader Award from Leadership Johnson County in 2020 for her work with the Study Connection program. In 2018, she assumed the role of FCHS First Scholars' Facilitator, working with our first-generation potential college students. 

She is excited to serve as Executive Director, assuming the lead of the Education Foundation in addition to the SC program and FCHS First Scholars. 

Melissa is a huge fan of all things IU - especially basketball! In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.  Melissa and her husband, Rob, have two grown daughters who attended Franklin Community Schools before college. Her passion for education and love of learning led to her current position.



Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Dustin Huddleston, President
Huddleston & Huddleston

Kellie Schmidt, Vice President
Associate Dean of Student Success
Franklin College

Craig Bland, Treasurer
Vice President
First National Bank

Tina Gross*, Secretary
Chief Financial Officer
Franklin Community Schools

Greg Moore
Principal and Owner
Sylvan Learning Center

Brandi Terrell
Community Member


Steve Ahaus*
Franklin Community High School Principal
Franklin Community Schools

Stephanie Amos
Vice Chancellor, Johnson and Shelby Counties
Ivy Tech Community College

Robin Betts*
Community and Public Relations Director
Franklin Community Schools

Kristi Bruther
Dickinson Juvenile Justice Center/Juvenile Detention

Dr. Susan Crisafulli
Professor of English
Franklin College

Chris Flowers
Service Platform and Process Development Manager
Endress + Hauser

Jess Giles
Event Planner
Hillview Country Club

Hannah Griggs
Special Education Teacher
Clark Pleasant Schools

Dr. Mark Heiden*
Creekside Elementary School Principal
Franklin Community Schools

Rita Holman*
Franklin Community Middle School Principal
Franklin Community Schools

Kim Kasting
Johnson County Community Foundation

Danielle Kinnett
Probation Officer
Dickinson Juvenile Justice Center/Juvenile Detention

Eric Leugers
Owner and CEO
Leugers Insurance

Jenny Norton
The Barn at Crystal Spring Farm

Kristi Ott*
Franklin Community Schools Board
The Knitting Otter

Amanda Parkhurst
HR Business Partner | HRM Human Resources Management
Endress + Hauser

Tara Payne
Chief of Staff
City of Franklin

Jennifer Price
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
Mutual Savings Bank

Ryan Roberts
Tax Manager
Hash CPA Group, LLC

*Ex-Officio Board Member