My name is Monte Moffett and I am seeking your vote for Duneland School Board this November 3rd.
Ever since I graduated college in 1978, I have been involved in education. At Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash Indiana I had the privilege of teaching U.S. History, Health, and Physical Education while serving as Assistant Coach for varsity basketball, football, track, and volleyball for nine years. At the same time, from 1980 to 1987, I served as the Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach for Manchester College.
I also taught Government, Economics, World History, Current Events, World Geography, and Civics from 1987 to 1990 at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash, Indiana and served as Head Basketball Coach, Social Studies Department Head, and Senior Class Sponsor.
From 1990 to 1995 I taught U.S. History and Social Studies at Wes-Del High School in Gaston, Indiana while serving as Head Basketball Coach and earning the Coaching State Champion Academic Team honor.
In 1995, my family decided to call Duneland home. We moved to the Town of Porter and I became the Athletic Director at River Forest High School in Hobart. Two years later I became the Assistant Principal and the following year, from 1998 through 2003, I functioned as principal.
Due to my experience gained in a number of different teaching, coaching, and administrative positions, in 2003 I was offered the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Duneland School Corporation. I was in charge of curriculum and instruction so I had the pleasure of working with Duneland’s fine faculty, as well as creating, planning, and managing everything they taught. Some highlights of my ten years in this position include collaborating with the Dunes Learning Center to create Duneland’s Outdoor Education Program that concludes with the 4th grade overnight trip. Furthermore, within the actual curriculum I expanded the high school credit classes that are offered at Chesterton Middle School to include Math, World Language, and Biology. I created additional programs such as District Accreditation through AdvancED, the Duneland Alternative School, Full-Day Kindergarten, the High Ability Summer School Program, moving the Building Trades program on campus at the High School, the Teacher Mentor Program, and New Teacher Orientation. During my tenure I was also responsible for the creation of the International Baccalaureate program at Chesterton High School, which brings world class education to the next generation of Chesterton students.
I worked in this capacity until 2013 when I moved to the Assistant Superintendent for Operations and Human Resources. In this role I gained the knowledge and experience of establishing a Human Resources Department, starting from scratch. After I formed this department, I was responsible for all hiring in the district and employee discipline, establishing that all employees receive a yearly evaluation, establishing a professional development program for all employees, and the developing an employee handbook. I also served as the Title IX Coordinator and McKinney-Vento liaison for the Duneland School Corporation and through my tenure in this position I expanded my knowledge of civil rights and contract law. I gained much more experience in all kinds of employee issues.
Since I was in charge of most everything over the course of my 17 years, I have a great deal of working knowledge which I believe makes me uniquely qualified to be a school board member.
The most valuable thing that I learned from my time at Duneland was the relationship with the students and staff. I miss them everyday! If elected I hope to make a positive difference in their lives. I am most proud of the people. The Duneland School community is full of outstanding caring people. I know how much pride people take in doing their job. I remember one conversation I had with a food service worker and she told me how she practiced to develop a special technique to make a sandwich wrap. It had to be perfect for our students. You can’t buy that kind of dedication. The students make me proud everyday. I love hearing about their accomplishments either as a current student or graduate. Our students and staff are the Duneland Difference!
I retired in 2019 and am still firmly involved in the Duneland School community. My loving wife of 32 years, Karen Moffett, is Department Chair for School Counseling at Chesterton High School. For the past 25 years, she has guided, supported, and cared for countless students who become part of our extended family. The Duneland Difference is also why we chose Duneland for our son Trey Moffett, a 2014 graduate of Chesterton High School.
My educational background is also embedded in teaching and administration. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education & Health from Albion College; a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from Ball State; and an Education Specialist degree from Indiana State University with a concentration in School Administration and Leadership.
Based on my experience and my passion for the Duneland School community, I believe that I can best represent our students, faculty, and staff. I know your family is facing difficult decisions, especially in these uncertain times. These are uncertain times for all of us, particularly for the Duneland School Corporation that is responsible for both the education and safety of our children. That’s why I’m dedicated to a common sense experienced approach in these challenging times, because we need members of the school board who understand the value of education in Duneland. It’s why we raise and love our children here in Duneland and that is exactly why I can be trusted with our most important asset, our children.
I will always choose the safety of our children while balancing their education along with the needs of the community. I am committed to high quality education especially during the pandemic. We need to find creative ways to safely continue our world-class and innovative curriculum while maintaining fiscal responsibility for students and staff.
For me, the Duneland School Board is not just a position--but rather, it is a new way for me to reach the Duneland families that I love during a time when it is most needed. I would be grateful for your vote for At-Large Member for the Duneland School Board on November 3rd.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 vote Monte Moffett for Duneland School Board