Warsaw Community Schools recently introduced a Tiger Ambassador Program.
Each school principal reached out to invite a community member. The first meeting was Sept. 22. At that time, Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent for Warsaw Community Schools, shared the WCS mission, organizational structure and invited guest presenters Mark Fick, director of transportation; Stacie Light, director of food services; Matt Binkerd, athletic director; and Michael Howk, assistant athletic director.
Heather Reichenbach, School Board president, explained, “The purpose of the Tiger Ambassador Program is to promote goodwill and understanding of Warsaw Community Schools through the connection and engagement of key stakeholders who can help cultivate, communicate and advocate our mission in the community.”
Hoffert said, “The objectives are to educate Warsaw Community Schools’ key stakeholders with a deeper understanding of our mission, people and general operations through meetings, experiences and conversations; to empower and equip key stakeholders to informally share the knowledge they have gained about Warsaw Community Schools in their circles of influence with the objective of increasing awareness about what our schools do; and to develop a passionate group of people with the contextual background and potential to serve in areas of need within Warsaw Community Schools including various committee assignments, key interview panels, strategic planning initiatives or even more formal future board candidacy.”
On Oct. 26, Tiger Ambassadors participated in a principal shadowing experience. As principal for a day, each Tiger Ambassador followed principals to learn more about their routines, challenges and celebrations. Tiger Ambassadors then had the opportunity to meet together and discuss their takeaways while learning more about the program’s mission and vision.
Hoffert also shared news about the new TigerCast podcast that has over a dozen episodes on a wide range of topics including Episode 13: Principal for a Day Reflection with Dr. David Hoffert, Kyle Carter, Aimee Lunsford, Jeri Purdy, Devendra Gorhe and Emerson Poort. Hoffert invited all Tiger Ambassadors to join him Nov. 10 for an extra credit field trip to see the construction project at Warsaw Community High School to learn more about the vision behind the design.
Future Tiger Ambassador meetings include topics of finance, curriculum and the facility plan.