Dr. Diane Bontrager Woodworth, superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, was chosen by members of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) as the 2019 District II Superintendent of the Year.
Woodworth has been superintendent of Goshen Community Schools since 2012 after serving the district as assistant/deputy superintendent for the previous seven years.
To keep the district competitive in a county with seven school districts, Goshen Community Schools has expanded curriculum options. Woodworth implemented strategic planning processes for academics, facilities, resource utilization and communication and marketing. These strategic plans led the district to create academic pathways that include an International Baccalaureate (IB) K-12 program, a New Tech Project-Based Learning pathway, Expeditionary Learning, Dual Language Immersion and a CLASS Leadership School.
The district passed three referendums to build a new Aquatic Center, supplement operating funds and build a new intermediate school to decrease crowding in elementary schools and an existing middle school.
Woodworth graduated from Goshen College, earned an M.S. from Indiana University-South Bend and her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Purdue University. She is a board member of U-Lead Youth Development and Greencroft Goshen and previously served as a board member of Goshen Boys & Girls Club and Goshen Rotary, where she served as president in 2010-2011.
District II includes Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph and Whitley counties and portions of LaPorte County.