Introduction to New Bremen School Superintendent, Dr. Whiteby Amy Wenger on August 6, 2014
With merely two weeks remaining until the launch of the 2014-15 scholastic year, there is a definite sense of anticipation and excitement in the air.
It can be seen in the classrooms, as teachers and staff make preparations and plans for that maiden first day, first week, first month and all that lies beyond. It can be heard in the spirited laughter and chatter of students, as they embark on another year of empowerment, adventures, and challenges.
And perhaps no one is more eager to soar with and alongside Bremen Public Schools this year than new superintendent Dr. Jim White.
Dr. White has officially been on the job as of July 15, when the Board of School Trustees selected him as the latest leader for the district. And while he has been spending a great deal of time assimilating and becoming familiar with life in the Mint City, he is also excited to devote himself to being attentive to his students and his constituents.
"I am determined not to mess up a good thing," Dr. White said. "I want to spend a good deal of time listening and learning. Everyone has been very kind and welcoming. Hopefully, I can live up to their expectations."
Dr. White became aware of the job opening through a statewide centralized employment website sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education. He quickly discovered that he was intrigued by the opportunity that awaited him in Bremen, observing, "It was a good match for my skills, so I decided to go for it." He has arrived to this community via Greenwood, Indiana, where he spent 15 years in the Clark Pleasant Community School Corporation as the Director of Technology. The school system is near the Indianapolis area. His educational credentials include a recent completion of his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration, which he earned from Ball State University earlier this year.
Dr. White's tenure as Bremen's superintendent marks his first administrative leadership role. He is a husband and father of two teenage daughters, and the family is making final plans to relocate to the district in the coming days.
One of the issues that Dr. White has maintained as a high priority in just a few short weeks is his commitment to collaborating with the teachers and staff, developing the "one on one initiative," he notes. "We're working with trying to balance different styles with different comfort levels. We're also establishing what direction we need to go with our digital curriculum to get it up to the new state standards. We want to be sure that every student has those capabilities, and at the same time, asking ourselves 'what are they getting, what are they learning?'"
In an effort to further familiarize themselves with the integration of technology into the essentials of the classroom standards, each student will have varying levels of access to personal computers.
At the elementary school level, Dr. White says, young students will utilize applications, basic implementation tools, and lessons that are incorporated into what he calls the "homegrown teacher format." As the scholars become more advanced, such as reaching the junior high stage, they will find additional ways to maximize their computer time as an enhancement to creative outlets, while high school age students will employ more complex projects and research skills.
The same level of consideration is giving to the selection of computer programs and amenities as is given to traditional textbooks and other materials, Dr. White assures. He said that Bremen's fairly recent addition of computers as a more mainstream method to teach and learn has only served as an asset and a benefit to teachers and students alike. "Everything that I've seen in the hardware that's used typically is ahead of the grade level curriculum," he said. This ensures that Bremen continues to be regarded as a consistent champion in scholastic excellence.
For those desiring to formally greet Dr. White and extend congratulatory wishes, he can be reached at 546-3929 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located in the Bremen Public School administration building, located directly across from the high school at 512 West Grant Street.