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Who We Are 2013

February 28, 2011

Who We Are: Shelly Wilfong

Embracing education and diversity in Goshen

Shelly Wilfong credits great relationships with teachers and coaches as inspiring her to also go into education. Now the 38-year-old heads the International Baccalaureate program at Goshen High School.

Where did you grow up?

Goshen — Purl Street and C.R. 40/C.R. 140

How long have you lived here?

I’m a lifer!

What Schools did you attend?

Chandler/Waterford, Towncrest Junior High, Goshen High School (1990 graduate), Huntington University (bachelor’s degree), Indiana Wesleyan University (master’s degree), Indiana University Bloomington.

What is your fondest memory of this community?

Being a part of the GHS track team is my fondest memory. My throwing coach was Betts McFarren (current Parkside principal) and my head coach was Carl Weaver (current GHS teacher). The coaches made me work hard and pushed me to be the best I could. I had great friends on the team, which made practice and track meets lots of fun. It is because of track and my two coaches that I received a track scholarship at Huntington. If it weren’t for that, I probably would have never gone into the education field.

Describe the essence of this community in your eyes

Goshen has a small town charm with big town diversity.  

What about this community would you like to improve?

I would like to see stricter guidelines and/or better enforcement of the law in regards to rental housing units. I have been in rental apartments and houses that are in deplorable condition with the landlords doing nothing to improve the living conditions. There are rentals in Goshen that have little or no heat, no working smoke detectors and other poor conditions with residents afraid to speak up due to a backlash by the landlord.

What is this community’s best kept secret?

The best kept secret is Goshen High School. Students can graduate with a year’s worth of college credit, participate in music and art programs that lead the state, take engineering classes that design homes of the future, participate in Shakespeare experience and take a marine biology course. You would be hard-pressed to find a place in the area where so many people from different ethnic, political and economic backgrounds come together everyday.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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