GOSHEN — A familiar face will soon take the helm at West Goshen Elementary School.
The Goshen School Board on Monday voted in favor of hiring longtime West Goshen teacher Aimee Schade as the school’s new principal effective July 1.
Schade was chosen from a pool of 23 candidates for the post, according to GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth.
She will take the reins from Lori Line, who was appointed in March as the district’s executive director of talent development and management.
“We believe that she will be a great principal for West Goshen and will be able to carry the exemplary work that has been happening there,” Woodworth said.
Schade brings 17 years of education experience to the post, all from West Goshen. She has been a master teacher at the school for the last six years and before that she served as a mentor teacher there and as classroom teacher she has taught first, second and fourth grade.
In 2016, she was a recipient of the Milken Educator Award.
“She has been an integral part of the A ranking that West Goshen has achieved for the last three years in the Indiana A-F grading system,” Woodworth said.
Through the interview process, Woodworth said Schade emerged as the standout candidate and believes she’s well-positioned to continue the “outstanding work” happening at West Goshen without missing a beat.
“She already knows the parents, teachers, students and parents of West Goshen,” Woodworth said. “She’s an innovative thinker and is passionate about the students and staff at West Goshen.”
In her new role, Schade said after the meeting she plans to help West Goshen continue on its road to success.
“I think West Goshen has seen a lot of success,” she said. “So, my plan is to just continue that success we’ve seen and help by leading the teachers in that journey.”
A native of Warren, Pennsylvania, Schade currently resides in Elkhart with her husband Aaron. Together the couple has three children.