Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

October 12, 2010

Principal Profile: Schwartz says successful students don’t just happen

Curt Schwartz, 35, is principal at Jefferson Elementary School, 18565 C.R. 20, Goshen, part of Middlebury Community Schools.

A 1993 graduate of Westview High School, Topeka, Schwartz went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University in 1997.

Schwartz continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University, earning both a master’s degree in curriculum in 2003 and a degree in educational administration in 2006.

Schwartz got his start teaching third grade at Venice Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., from 1997 to 1999 before moving on to teach for two years at Orchard View Elementary School, part of Middlebury Community Schools.

Following his time at Orchard View, Schwartz accepted a position teaching fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary School in 2001, a position he would retain until 2004 when he began serving as a half-day assistant principal and half-day fifth-grade teacher at the school.

Schwartz would serve in this capacity until August 2007, when he accepted his current position as principal of Jefferson Elementary School.

Schwartz lives in Middlebury with his wife and four children.

Below is a list of questions recently answered by Schwartz regarding education, his school, and his teaching philosophy.

Q: What is your philosophy or mission statement when it comes to education?

A: Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God knows the plans he has for us; plans to give us a hope and a future. I believe God’s plan for each of the students at Jefferson will involve some form or combination of reading, writing or math. My philosophy is to make sure that I help create the type of school where God’s plan can be exercised in each student’s life without any hindrance due to lack of academic ability.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for parents and community members to take an interest in their local schools?

A: Successful students don’t just happen at random. They are the result of being surrounded by adults that care for them and provide an appropriate atmosphere in which to thrive. Parents, community members, and educators are all a part of creating that caring atmosphere.

Q: Looking back over the years since you started in education, would you say the educational system has changed much?

A: The increased accountability has been the biggest change.

Q: Looking forward, what are some of the bigger challenges currently facing your school?

A: Schools in general: budgetary restraints continue to be the focal point of concerns as we move forward.

Text Only
Local News
  • GN140425 brad rogers and bundy 02.jpg Elkhart County Sheriff Rogers says he wasn't present for Nevada rancher's race remarks

    GOSHEN — Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers, who traveled to Nevada this past weekend as a show of support for rancher Cliven Bundy’s well-publicized dispute with the federal government, said he was not present when Bundy made controversial comments about the feds and “the Negro” during a gathering Easter Saturday at Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, Nev. about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140425 dirt on gardening DIRT ON GARDENING: Finding the 'perfect' plant, then sharing is very enjoyable In searching for the perfect plants, we read, we research, we dream, we try, we share information, and very often share our spoils with friends and neighbors for them to enjoy them as well. It’s instilled in every gardener to have the best and most desirable plants in their gardens, be it the flowering kind or their vegetables, their shrubs and ornamentals or the trees they plant.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140424 Emma1 Pioneer Drama Troupe to perform 'Emma' Emma has a gift for getting people together — or so she thinks. Pride and matchmaking gone awry are key to Jane Austen’s “Emma,” which will be brought to theatrical life this weekend by the Pioneer Drama Troupe.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140423 west goshen dress code 04 West Goshen dress code policy unveiled GOSHEN — Solid color shirts with collars and two to four buttons are the proposed changes for students at Goshen Elementary School with a standardized dress code policy this fall.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michigan Prisoner Escape Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

    IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 Wakarusa Musical 3 'A Kid's Life' portrays sudden techno loss WAKARUSA — The young people of our present day society don’t remember ever having lived their lives without some element of electronic gadgetry becoming involved. For them, it would be difficult to fathom the possibility of a world “off the grid.” So the fourth- and fifth-grade students of Wakarusa Elementary School will offer a comedic and chaotic interpretation of such a dilemma with their upcoming musical “A Kid’s Life.”

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 stress relief 03 Furry pals help GC students with dog days of finals GOSHEN - Goshen College students took a break from preparing for final exams to hangout with some four-legged friends Monday afternoon.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140423 FF spring play_3547 Fairfield students to present Oscar Wilde classic BENTON — Fairfield’s musicals and plays have recently left their status as an extracurricular activity and come under the wing of the Performing Arts Department and under the direction of Andrew Muth.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sheriff Brad Rogers_0657 Sheriff travels to Nev. ranch in fed dispute Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers has weighed in on a controversy surrounding a Nevada rancher, and visited the scene of the struggle.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140209 snow storm 05 Elkhart, LaGrange counties denied FEMA aid GOSHEN — Elkhart and LaGrange counties were not among the 19 Indiana counties that had financial aid approved Tuesday by FEMA for a January winter storm.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US