As the new Principal of Goshen Elementary, it has been my sincere pleasure to become a member of this great school community. Goshen enjoys a rich history of academic excellence and I am truly honored to be appointed to this position. I will work diligently to continue our drive for excellence and look forward to working with the dedicated staff, parents, and community in providing the best possible educational program for our students.
Before moving to Oldham County Schools, my career was being defined across several states including California, Texas, Nevada and Maryland. I obtained my Bachelor‘s Degree of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, my Master’s in Curriculum and Design from McDaniel College, and my Administrative Certification from the University of Louisville. What I have found to be most gratifying in the education field, is working where all decisions are child-centered. Fortunately, this approach to education is clearly apparent in the Oldham County Schools and I am looking forward, with the help of parents and staff, to continue this road of excellence.
My greatest initiative for Goshen is to provide leadership that will facilitate an environment which will provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experiences and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas. We all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners and it is my sincere desire to provide opportunities for our students to acquire skills needed to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.
Through a close and collegial partnership, I am confident we can make our school an even better place for our students to learn and grow.
As the instructional coordinator at Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest, I am committed to continuing the rich tradition of excellence in education that Goshen has established and been known for over the past 30 years. I am dedicated to working with staff and parents in order to provide a rigorous and engaging education for all students.
I not only have a professional attachment to Goshen and the Oldham County School System but a personal one. I attended LaGrange Elementary, Oldham County Middle School, Oldham County High School and graduated from South Oldham High School. This education left me with a desire to not only continue learning but to become a teacher. In turn, I obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from the University of Louisville. I also became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003. I am in my 14th year of education now; my 1st seven years were at Goshen Elementary as a primary teacher. In my eighth year, I left to teach transition at the newly opened Harmony Elementary. The following year I returned to Goshen and was the Literacy Coach for 4 years. I am currently in my 2nd year of being an instructional coordinator.
Finally, Goshen is more than a place where I go to work, but a place where I have grown as a person and a professional. This is not just a job to me, but a passion. My passion is to carry out Oldham County Schools’ vision of educating 21st century learners who can critical think and problem solve in order to not only contribute, but compete in a global society. In order to accomplish this, it is very important to maintain a partnership in education between school, home and the community. With that said, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Donna R. Monroe, NBCT
502-228-0101 Extension 303
Greetings from the Goshen Elementary Counselor’s Office! My name is Melinda Nevills and I’ll be starting my fourth year as a Goshen Gator. My husband and I relocated to Louisville from Atlanta, GA in 2007. We are happy to call Kentucky our home and love the Goshen community. Our family continues to grow with the addition of our two year old daughter whom we adopted from Kunming, China in September of 2009. She joined the ranks of our four “furry” children, three cats and a dog to date.
I am proud to say I’m beginning my 24th year in education and I still find something that helps me grow in my profession every single day. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC in the area of Special Education. I received my Master’s and Specialist degrees from Georgia State University in the area of School Counseling. All my education classes over the years have helped shape my personal philosophy of teaching and learning which I believe involves a carefully created and designed “custom fit” for each child based upon their social, emotional and academic needs.
With that being said, I wear many hats throughout any given day to bring my philosophy to fruition. Through large group classroom guidance, Kindergators meet “I Care Cat” who teaches them how to listen, speak assertively, and take responsibility for their actions. Primary students meet “Kelso the Frog” and learn the difference between a big problem that requires adult assistance and a small problem that they can solve on their own using conflict resolution strategies. Transition and 5th grade students expand their awareness of big problems and small problems including how to recognize bully behavior and how to “fight fair” when they find themselves in a conflict.
Stay tuned to the Counselor’s Page for more information regarding monthly guidance lessons as well as other important information regarding Goshen’s Counseling Program. Together will have an exciting year!