Goshen Local Schools recognized for student achievement fair program

From left to right: Mark Ewing (Southwest Region OSBA president), Sue Steele (Goshen Local Schools Board Member), Mark Edwards (Goshen Local Schools Director of College and Career Readiness), Darrell Edwards (Goshen Local Schools Superintendent), John Benthien (Goshen Local Schools Board Member), Tom Bixler (Goshen Local Schools Board Member)

Goshen Local Schools were recognized at the Ohio School Board Associations annual Fall Conference for programs that students have available to them at Goshen Local Schools. Goshen was selected among others in the southwest region to present their Gateway to Technology program run in conjunction with Great Oaks at Goshen Middle School. The program was selected for its real world application and its focus on student’s critical thinking skills. In the program the students learn various skills such as computer aided design, robotics, aeronautics, computer app development and project management. Students get the unique opportunity to develop 21st century skills for the new workplace starting as early as 6th grade.

From left to right: Mark Ewing (Southwest Region OSBA president), Sue Steele (Goshen Local Schools Board Member), Mark Edwards (Goshen Local Schools Director of College and Career Readiness), Darrell Edwards (Goshen Local Schools Superintendent), John Benthien (Goshen Local Schools Board Member), Tom Bixler (Goshen Local Schools Board Member)

The program was brought to Goshen Middle School under the leadership of School Board members, John Gray, Sue Steele, John Benthien, Tom Bixler, and Julie Casey. Superintendent Darrell Edwards was looking for opportunities to give Goshen students a competitive edge when they brought in the Great Oaks program.

The Gateway to Technology program is now in its third year at Goshen Middle School and has grown into the High School with the addition of the Project Lead The Way Engineering program and robotics club. The result is more students having opportunities to discover new and exciting pathways to the next generation of careers in technology.

Matt Emerine the Gateway to Technology teacher has helped to lead students to develop practical solutions to issues at the Middle School. Under Mr. Emerine’s guidance the students of Goshen Middle School have designed and created through the use of a 3-D printer; cord management solutions for laptop carts, name tag placards, and organizational systems for the schools lost and found. Mr. Emerine is always looking for practical problems that his students can help solve. It is this innovative teaching style and forward thinking that lead to Goshen Local Schools being selected to present at the Ohio School Board Association’s Capital Conference in Columbus this November.