IU8 Leadership Team
Director of Mass Customized Learning and Curriculum InnovationMrs. Janel Vancas is the Assistance Director of Curriculum Services at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8. Her entire career has been spent in the field of education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, in Special Education, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; her Master of Science degree, in Curriculum and Instruction, from Gannon University; and earned a K-12 administrative/principal certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She began her career as a secondary special education teacher and spent five years in the classroom before transitioning into an Instructional Coaching role. After four years as an Instructional Coach, she joined the team at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 as the Supervisor of Nonpublic Services in which she held for six years. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Curriculum Services in July 2015, Mrs. Vancas spent one year as the Administrator of Innovation, Incubation, and Development. The mission at IU8 is “Inspiring People to Exceed Their Dreams” and Mrs. Vancas is committed to the impact that she can have within communities we serve.