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Goshen Community Schools' deputy superintendent enjoys daily challenges

Phoebe Muthart | Jan 12, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
Dr. Diane Woodworth, right, is deputy superintendent for Goshen Community Schools. She is in charge of the technology and facilities for the school district. Woodworth is picture with Tim Drescher, a data specialist. Photo by Phoebe Muthart

Dr. Diane Woodworth is passionate about education and that infectious enthusiasm is evident upon talking to the born and bred Hoosier. Woodworth is deputy superintendant for Goshen Community Schools. She has been working for the school district for the past seven years.

Woodworth grew up on a dairy farm in Shipshewana and graduated from Westview High School. She was a dental hygentist for two years before deciding to seek a career in education.

She enrolled in Goshen College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in math education. She received her master’s degree at Indiana University-South Bend in guidance and counseling as well as her principal’s license. She has a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Purdue University.

Woodworth has held various positions in education. She taught math at Northridge High School for 17 years. She was principal at Westview High School for three years and was also a guidance counselor.

“They’ve all been helpful,” she said of her jobs in education. “I most enjoyed working with the students and the teachers. I loved lunch duty and talking and listening to the kids. I miss that interaction. It was a lot of fun.”

As deputy, she oversees the facilities and technology departments. There are 10 schools within the school corporation. She works with the school custodians and the maintenance personnel by making sure the buildings are properly maintained and operating efficiently. She also oversees the budgets for those departments. Recently, Goshen High School students started using laptops, a decision made by Woodworth and her staff.

“I think it will help them with the next step,” she said of implementing the use of 480 laptops in the classroom.

She also helped implement the school district’s energy saving program, one that has saved the district over $785,000 since July 2009.

“I like new challenges,” she said. “I like to learn new things, too.”

Woodworth said the best part of her job is making a positive difference in the students’ lives and in their learning. “I hope I do that,” she said with a smile.

Woodworth, 56, is married to husband, Todd, a Spanish teacher and coach at Northridge High School. The couple have three children and live in Middlebury.

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