Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary)

  Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary) Why did you choose to work in education/at a school? My parents were sponsored to America by a church in Demotte, Indiana 1980.  I remember both my mom, dad, and myself picking blueberries for money.  After-work, our sponsors made my dad take night classes so he [...]

Kathy Nusbaum, Teacher of the Year (Secondary) 2018-05-31T14:43:50+00:00

Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary)

Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary) Why did you choose to work in education/at a school? I chose to work in education because I wanted to work through music to build community and work with kids, especially those who may not otherwise have access to instrumental music. I love studying music and performing [...]

Hillary Harder, Teacher of the Year (Elementary) 2018-05-31T14:44:05+00:00

Tracy Kirts, Employee of the Year (Secondary)

Tracy Kirts, Employee of the Year (Secondary) Why did you choose to work in education/at a school? I have always enjoyed working with people/kids/students, of any age.   Being a mother of two school children, it allowed me to go to their sporting events, field trips and have the same breaks. What brought you to [...]

Tracy Kirts, Employee of the Year (Secondary) 2018-05-31T14:44:21+00:00

Sandy Carnall: Phi Beta Mu Inductee

Sandy Carnall: Phi Beta Mu Inductee North Side Band Director, Sandy Carnall has recently been inducted into Phi Beta Mu, an International Honorary Fraternity for band directors. It is an organization that honors outstanding band directors whose dedication and devotion to their profession is paramount.   “In order to be inducted into Phi Beta [...]

Sandy Carnall: Phi Beta Mu Inductee 2018-02-02T14:42:12+00:00

Inside ECS – Linda Stofko, West Side

Inside ECS – Linda Stofko, West Side “We are all in.” If there is one message Linda hopes to leave with people, it’s this one. As the English Language District Coach at Elkhart Community Schools, Linda’s mission is to provide excellent service to students and families, and help our families know they are welcome [...]

Inside ECS – Linda Stofko, West Side 2018-02-02T11:17:56+00:00

Inside ECS: Tim Pedley, North Side

Inside ECS: Tim Pedley, North Side Ten years ago, Tim Pedley never saw himself teaching in Elkhart, Indiana. A native of Australia, Tim had his first experience in Michiana as an exchange student in Niles, MI. It was during his time as an exchange student that he met his future wife, whom he reconnected [...]

Inside ECS: Tim Pedley, North Side 2017-11-15T15:09:29+00:00

Inside ECS – Shaun McAllister, Mary Beck

Inside ECS – Shaun McAllister, Mary Beck Growing up, becoming a teacher was the last thing on Shaun McAllister’s mind. Her father was a teacher, and despite his efforts to encourage her to work in education, a rebellious streak led Shaun away from education and into criminal justice, with a focus on at-risk kids. [...]

Inside ECS – Shaun McAllister, Mary Beck 2017-11-15T21:34:32+00:00

Inside ECS – Cindy Irons, Woodland

Inside ECS – Cindy Irons, Woodland Walking into Woodland Elementary’s cafeteria, you’re almost certain to see one of two things: Cindy Irons hugging a student, or the food service team laughing and having a great time. As the food services manager at Woodland Elementary, it’s Cindy’s responsibility to keep the cafeteria running smoothly. But [...]

Inside ECS – Cindy Irons, Woodland 2017-11-15T15:11:54+00:00

Inside ECS: Joshua Hren, Elkhart Memorial

Inside ECS: Joshua Hren, Elkhart Memorial Vocal jazz teacher, Joshua Hren is already preparing his students for another state competition appearance. In the 2016-2017 season, Hren lead his choir group “Gold Rush” to Elkhart Memorial’s first state appearance in its history. “It was an incredible experience - a first for me as well,” said [...]

Inside ECS: Joshua Hren, Elkhart Memorial 2017-11-10T09:53:34+00:00

Inside ECS – Dennis Dandino, Building Services

Inside ECS – Dennis Dandino, Building Services Every day, over 14,000 students and staff depend on the plumbing skills of one very important man – Dennis “Dino” Dandino. As the district’s only plumber, it’s Dino’s job to keep water flowing through over one million feet of pipe. Dino’s career began when he enlisted in [...]

Inside ECS – Dennis Dandino, Building Services 2017-10-31T08:23:51+00:00