WCS is successful when students are prepared with the critical skills necessary to navigate and pursue new challenges, according to School Board member Heather Reichenbach. “If all of our students can form a love for learning and patience for developing their passions while at WCS, they will always be equipped with what they need for wherever life may take them – high school graduation and beyond,” she said.
After graduating from Goshen High School and receiving her B.A. in Social Studies from Bluffton University, Heather taught Social Studies in Iowa. Heather most recently worked as Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Madison Elementary.
Heather has lived in Warsaw with her husband, Brian, for over 12 years. He was a Jimmy from Jimtown High School where he played football for Bill Sharpe before heading to undergrad at Bluffton University and then medical school at the University of Iowa. They have two children, Jonah and Claire, who currently attend WCHS and Edgewood Middle School (respectively). Both are Madison Elementary alumni. Go Cardinals!
Beyond service to the Warsaw Community Schools Board of Trustees, Reichenbach serves on numerous boards currently including CASA of Kosciusko County and the Warsaw Education Foundation. She also serves on the Legislative Committee of the Indiana School Board Association. In addition to her involvement with K-12 educational priorities, Heather was appointed to serve in higher, post-secondary education as a Trustee on the Bluffton University Board of Trustees. Heather is a member of Tri Kappa and also a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church, where she has held a variety of leadership positions along with teaching Sunday School. When not in meetings or coordinating family schedules, Heather enjoys running, reading, and playing games with family.
Prior to serving on the WCS Board of Trustees, Heather volunteered her time as a community member and parent on Warsaw Community Schools’ Curriculum Committee, Calendar Committee, and Strategic Planning process, along with PTO support. She brings to the board a passion for quality public education which includes: strong teaching and leadership at the building level, effective collaboration and communication between schools and within the community, good decision making that honors all students, employees, and the community. She shares, “There is no doubt in my mind that Warsaw Community Schools is one of our best assets and is key to a thriving future for our community.”
Reichenbach says she has learned that serving on School Board requires a steep learning curve and good vision. “Understanding the budget and the different buckets for funding takes a lot of time and diligence. What seems intuitive or practical in business and home budgets, is not always transferrable to the education sector. Sometimes it’s because of legislation, other times it’s because we (WCS) are a continuous presence – never reaching retirement. The Board is entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that will serve our community for generations to come. There is always activity, planning, making space for new.”
Heather is very enthusiastic about the schools’ role in helping students develop their passions by providing diverse curriculum choices and a variety of extra-curricular opportunities. She says, “I am amazed at all WCS has to offer our students.”