Welcome New ECS Principals

Elkhart Community Schools is excited to welcome four outstanding educational leaders to our schools as head principals.

At Eastwood, we welcome Dr. Mindy Higginson. Higginson has been in education for 23 years, working the majority at South Bend School Corporation. She spent the first 13 years as a middle school and high school English teacher. She taught at Washington High School in South Bend from 1998-2008 and began her administrative career as principal at Tarkington Traditional School from 2008-2016. Most recently, she was the principal at LaSalle Intermediate. Read more about Higginson in The Elkhart Truth’s feature.

At Hawthorne, we welcome Eric Chandler. Chandler has been with Elkhart Community Schools since 2011 and most recently served in a leadership role as assistant principal at Mary Beck. He began his teaching career with ECS at Mary Feeser Elementary School, where he taught first grade. He later moved to Roosevelt STEAM Academy where he served as a teacher, then academic dean, and assistant principal. Read more about Chandler in The Elkhart Truth’s feature.

At Pinewood, we welcome Tervonda Goins. Originally from Elkhart, Goins graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1997. She’s been in education for 15 years, all of which has been spent at Niles Community Schools, where she’s served as a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, administrator and more. Her most recent role with the district was at Howard-Ellis Elementary School, where she was assistant principal. Read more about Goins in The Elkhart Truth’s feature.

At Riverview, we welcome Holly Conley into her new role at principal. Born and raised in Elkhart, Conley is a graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School. She has been in education for 14 years, all of which have been with Elkhart Community Schools. She taught at Monger Elementary for ten years, then became assistant principal at Osolo, before transferring to Riverview as assistant principal in 2016. Read more about Conley in The Elkhart Truth’s feature.