Welcome To The Urban Chalkboard

Welcome to a place where you, and your child, can share quality time along with stimulating & fun experiences. Formerly reserved for such cities as New York, Chicago or San Francisco, our learning studios and play café concept is a first of its kind for the Indy area. We take clinically tested child-development techniques and apply them to the real world in a comfortable and captivating environment.

Two wicked-smart docs, one savvy nurse & an educated staff of local experts and accomplished students are here to make sure that #theUC becomes one of your favorite family hangouts!

It is a place where your kids feel welcome, and you’re welcome to be you.

Jessica Beer Ph.D.
Co-Founder | Owner
Jessica Beer earned her Ph.D. in social cognitive developmental psychology at City University of New York. A homegrown Hoosier, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at IU School of Medicine studying development in preschoolers. She contributes to the design of the classes at The Urban Chalkboard from the perspective of a researcher and a mom. Jessica studies how multisensory, interactive experiences can contribute in unique ways to the development of children with special needs. Qualifications
Tonya Bergeson-Dana Ph.D.
Co-Founder | Owner
Tonya is a cognitive developmental psychologist. Before co-founding The Urban Chalkboard, she was a tenured professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and her work in speech, language and music development in babies and young children is world-renowned. She’s also a single working mother of an 8-year-old son who keeps the academic in her grounded in reality. Tonya’s classes at The Urban Chalkboard provide practical, real-life expression to her studies. She understands that if parents enjoy and learn from experiences just as much as kids do, everyone will benefit. Qualifications
Michelle Weber RN
Michelle is an experienced Pediatric Nurse who has spent the past 6 years staying home to be with her two children. While maintaining her SAHM lifestyle she has been busy volunteering for Saint Pius X Parish, MSPC CO-OP Preschool, Meridian Hills CO-OP Kindergarten. Michelle’s most recent volunteer role as Director of Creative Media with theCityMoms Greater Indianapolis has encouraged her to develop her Design, Marketing & Management skills; all of which she will put to great use at #theUC!
Katie Silvers
Marketing & Communications
Katie has a Communications and Media Studies major from Butler University. She is in charge of our social media and digital marketing here at The Urban Chalkboard. In addition to her her social media and web design skills she has great strengths in customer service and will be focusing on business development. She has a passion for working with children and helping small businesses grow through their marketing needs.
Amanda Messenger
Events Coordinator
Amanda has been a stay-at-home mother since Jan 2014. During her time at home she has been quite engaged in volunteerism and event planning which includes Founder & Event Planner of Indianapolis Jewish Mom’s network, Volunteer for Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Committee member of & Volunteer for PJ Library of Greater Indianapolis, Coordinating Chair for Hasten Hebrew Academy PTO’s “Play Pals Play Group”. Her degree in Animal Science from Purdue has given her eye for detail & experience with event planning and love of being a hands-on mother help to contribute to The UC’s family-centric vibe!
Dana Hueftle
Play Coach | Urban Beats
Dana has Music and Journalism degrees from IU-Bloomington. Over the last 20 years, Dana has been teaching voice lessons and leading and programming worship services at Indianapolis-area churches. Since 2005, Dana has been at home raising two boys, and has discovered her passion for volunteering with young children. She has taught music and kindergarten concepts to kids at her sons’ preschool, and also from her home studio. Dana is currently exploring a Music Therapy degree and other opportunities to use music to positively impact children and adults.
Sarah McRoberts
Play Coach
Sarah has a Psychology Major and Neuroscience Minor from Butler University. She is currently pursuing a career in child clinical psychology. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, she has been featured on the Dean’s List and received the Christy Excellence in Psychology Scholarship in the spring of 2014. Involved in both Psychology and Foreign Language Honors Societies, she has been a peer tutor and mentor for students in the Indianapolis community. She actively participates in Butler University’s undergraduate research program and traveled to San Francisco to present at the 2014 Association for Psychological Science annual conference.
Esther Fancher
Play Coach | Art With Esther
Resident Crafter at The Urban Chalkboard, mom to a "spirited" daughter, wife to the uber-talented Dave Fancher, Marketing Director for MOMS Club of East Carmel, Indiana resident, local business supporter, foodie, coffee lover, self-diagnosed Pinterest addict, and Doctor Who fan. Whew!
Desta Ntamere
Play Coach
Desta Ntamere, is a professional interior designer with 11 years of experience. Desta has long had a passion for interior design and organizing. Prior to founding Ntamere Lifestyle Management, LLC., Desta graduated with honors from Indiana State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Interior Design. She then went on to work as an Interior Designer for several years with an elite design firm based in Indianapolis.
Abby Charlebois
Play Coach
Abby is an Elementary Education student at Butler University. She is fantastically organized and loves children. Her smarts and personality will take her to big places. We are happy to have her at #theUC for the time being.
Zach Siegfried
Play Coach
A Communications Major & Psychology minor at Butler University. Zach is busy applying to Grad School when he is not working at #theUC. He hopes to land a spot in an audiology program. We hope it doesn't take him too far from Indy.