2024 Goodwill Educators of the Year

    [fa icon="calendar"] Jun 3, 2024 11:45:00 AM / by Riley McCarthy

    Riley McCarthy

    Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana proudly presents its 2024 Educators of the Year!

    Each of these educators was selected by their school as someone who is dedicated to the success of their students and goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the students, staff and community.

    Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the individuals listed below by campus:


    Educator of the Year

    Indy Met

    Michelle “Shelly” Bright, Math Teacher


    Lindsay Kramer, Math Instructor


    Danielle Moffatt, Manager of Office Administration 


    Nicole Morrison, Lead Teacher


    Edward Smith, English Instructor


    James Calabro, Coach-Instructor


    Josie Bolander, Special Education Instructor


    Gloria Combs, Coach

    Michigan St.

    Phillip DeJean, Math Instructor 


    Tom Horan, English Instructor 


    Carolyn McKinney, Math Instructor 


    Casandra Kohn, Special Education Instructor


    Ofelia Durham, Math Instructor 


    Erica Wade, Manager of Office Administration 


    Meredith Bussing, EL Teacher of Record

    University Heights

    Connie De Castro, Science Instructor


    Luis Vargas, EL Teacher of Record


    In addition to being named Educator of the Year at The Excel Center in Noblesville, Carolyn McKinney was also named the overall Goodwill Educator of the Year after an additional selection process. In her application, Carolyn wrote: 

    “I see you. Teaching is difficult work.  But let me remind you, you have the power to change not only your students’ futures but their children’s futures. 


    Perhaps, like me, you’ll work with adults, offering them acceptance, a second chance, an opportunity to unlearn the lies they have been told about what they will never do, how they could never learn.  


    I am forever in debt to those caring teachers. I have spent 30 years attempting to repay that debt forward to another generation. 


    May your students know how much you care and care how much you know.  


    May each of you find yourselves standing a little taller- you can change futures!”


    Congratulations to each of these recipients! If you or any great educators you know are interested in a career at one of our schools, please visit goodwillindy.org/careers.


    Topics: Employment, The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education, Mission Awareness, Leadership Spotlight, Goodwill Education, Non Profit Leadership

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