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District Leaders

Dr. Scott Robison, Superintendent of Zionsville Schools

Dr. Scott Robison joined the Zionsville Community Schools on July 1, 2006, after serving as the Superintendent of Schools in Sheridan, Indiana, and as the Assistant Superintendent for Business in the Westfield Washington Schools. Dr. Robison was Westfield’s first K-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development, and he served as a school principal in M.S.D. Pike Township and M.S.D. Southwest Allen County before working in Westfield Washington. Dr. Robison taught in the M.S.D. Pike Township Schools and in the New Albany-Floyd County Schools prior to serving as the principal in three elementary schools and one middle school in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scott Robison earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University after receiving Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Indiana University. He is a 2005 graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences related to student engagement, school reform, looping/multiage practice, brain-compatible instructional methods, and more. He has served on chambers of commerce, a municipal redevelopment commission, a parks advisory board, a non-profit board of directors, a community revitalization committee, several common wage boards, and more. Dr. Robison’s personal and professional mission statements converge in the area of service to youth: “My personal life and professional endeavors are focused on a series of complex human projects each with the potential to change the world.”

Michael A. Shafer, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Shafer earned a B.S. degree with high distinction in business administration from the New Albany campus of Indiana University. An accounting major, Mr. Shafer is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honors fraternity for business students, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He was a Field Examiner for the Indiana State Board of Accounts for eight years. After leaving the Board of Accounts, he served as Business Manager for the Madison Consolidated Schools in Madison, Indiana. Mr. Shafer is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Zionsville Community Schools, and has held that position since April, 1998. Mr. Shafer is member of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. Since 1999 he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Gospel Music Festival. Mr. Shafer is also a member of the Zionsville Lions Club. He and his wife Cheri have one daughter, Rachel, a graduate of Zionsville Community High School and a 2006 graduate of I.U.P.U.I. Mike, Cheri, and Rachel perform with Right Spirit, a well-known Southern Gospel group. Right Spirit records for Journey Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Mike Shafer is the manager and on-stage MC for the group, and plays the fiddle.


Becky Coffman began her career in Zionsville as a middle school science teacher and coach in 2001.  She transitioned from classroom to serve as the ZMS Assistant Principal from 2007-2012 and in 2012 was named Principal of Union Elementary.  As a school administrator, Mrs. Coffman has served as a School Safety Specialist and liaison with various Boone County public safety partners.  Mrs. Coffman graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with secondary education certification and also holds a Master’s degree in educational administration.     She and her husband reside in Zionsville along with their three young children. It is Mrs. Coffman’s mission to serve the families in our Zionsville community by providing an outstanding learning environment for all students. 


Kris Devereaux joined the Zionsville Community Schools as an administrator in 2007 after serving 12 years as an English teacher and gifted/talented instructor in MSD Pike Township and Westfield Washington Schools.  In addition to these educational roles, she also served as an associate professor for the College of Education at Butler University and Director of Education at Clowes Hall.  She has also served as a peer coach to struggling schools through Indiana University’s Effective Leaders Academy.  Ms. Devereaux graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in secondary education and from Ball State University with a Master’s degree in K-12 curriculum.  She has presented/consulted with groups of educators statewide on a variety of topics in curriculum and instruction.  She and her husband Andy, an educator at Fishers High School, have two children.  Her unwavering belief that children are incredibly capable and that teachers play an important role in stretching children to the best version of themselves is what drives her daily practice and interactions.

Paula Williams, Director of Unified Student Services

Mrs. Paula Williams will be assuming the role of Director of Unified Student Services for Zionsville Community Schools on July 1, 2015. Mrs. Williams is proud to have been a special educator for 37 years. As a special education teacher for nineteen years, she had the opportunity to serve students at both the elementary and secondary level in multiple school districts in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida.  Paula began her administrative career in 1997 when she was appointed as a Special Education Coordinator for the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation where she served for six years before moving with her family to the Indianapolis area. 

From 2003 – 2005, Mrs. Williams served as a Special Education Coordinator for West Central Joint Services-a ten district special education cooperative serving ten school districts in central Indiana which included Zionsville. In that role Paula had the opportunity to supervise special education programs for West Central in both Pike Township and Zionsville Community Schools. It was during that time that Mrs. Williams came to appreciate the exceptional services provided to students with special needs in Zionsville.  In 2005, Mrs. Williams was named the Assistant Director of Special Services for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township where she has served for the past ten years and thus completing eighteen years as a special education administrator. 

Mrs. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Evansville, a Master of Education Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Director of Exceptional Needs license from Indiana University. Mrs. Williams is married to John Williams, the principal at Carmel High School, and together they have five children: Jared, Katie, Jessica, Brandon and Andrea; and four beautiful grandchildren: Carolyn, Harrison, Veyda, and Ellie. 

Dan Layton, Chief Technology Officer

Dan Layton joined the Zionsville Community Schools as a science teacher in 2005 and taught Biology, Genetics/Biotechnology, and Advanced Placement Biology.   He also coached the Boy’s Tennis team to state finals appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2008 he developed the school’s first hybrid online class which led to him winning the IPL Golden Apple Award in 2010 for innovation in the classroom.  He left the classroom in 2012 to become assistant principal at Pleasant View Elementary in Zionsville.  In addition to these educational roles, he has also taught graduate level courses at the University of Indianapolis and has presented at numerous conferences on the purposeful integration of technology into the school system.   Mr. Layton graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education (major in Biology) and a Master’s degree in educational administration from Ball State University.   He and his wife Jenna, a nurse at OrthoIndy, have three children that keep them entertained at all times. Mr. Layton firmly believes in the massive potential of our youth to not only be prepared for the “real world” but to be prepared to make the “real world” a better place through their ability to generate ideas, see those ideas to fruition and to defend the worth of those ideas. 

The Educational Services Center is located at 900 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, and connected to the Freshmen Center of the Zionsville Community High School. 

The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.