New principal tapped for Waterford Elementary


GOSHEN — Karen Brock, the current assistant principal at West Goshen Elementary School, will take over the helm at Waterford Elementary School on July 16.

The Goshen School Board members approved the appointment during Monday’s school board meeting.

Brock will succeed Katrina Overton, who will remain at Goshen school district, however, her position for the 2018-19 school year is still to be determined, according to school officials.

Brock joined Goshen Community Schools more than a decade ago. She has been an assistant principal at West Goshen for three years, and previously taught at Parkside Elementary School for nine years.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Ball State University and she completed the Principal Licensure Program at Indiana Wesleyan University in June 2015.

Superintendent Diane Woodworth said 16 people applied for the position. Of that number, four finalists were chosen for a full-day interview. In the end, the interviewing committee agreed that Brock was the best candidate for the post, Woodworth said.

“Mrs. Brock has participated in, and led, a variety of professional development activities for teachers and teacher leaders,” Woodworth said. “She has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a passion for learning, and high expectations for herself, her colleagues and her students.”

After the board’s approval, Brock said she was honored to have been selected for the position and appreciated the committee's meticulous hiring process. 

“It’s just an honor, I am thrilled,” she told the board. “I appreciate that the (interview) was a long process, that just shows that Goshen takes things really seriously and wants the right people in the right places, so I appreciate that and I appreciate the chance to meet with all of you this evening.”


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