Dr. Steven Hope
Dr. Hope was named Indiana Principal of the Year in 2015.
Dr. Hope earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Western Michigan University, received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University South Bend, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Purdue University in 2017.
Before coming to Goshen Schools, Dr. Hope was employed by the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation (PHM). During his years at PHM, Dr. Hope worked as an Art Teacher, Dean of Students, Director of Counseling, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, and then as Principal from 2006 to 2017. While at Penn, Dr. Hope increased the graduation rate from 79% to 97%, increased the number of graduates who earned Academic Honors Diplomas from 25% to over 50%, and increased enrollment in dual-credit classes by 200%, while also decreasing the drop-out rate from approximately 75/year to zero. Dr. Hope also took Penn High School from a school with average student achievement on state-mandated tests to a school that consistently scored among the top high schools in Indiana. In 2015, Dr. Hope was named Indiana Principal of the Year.
As Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and Deputy Superintendent at Goshen Schools, Dr. Hope has provided oversight for Technology, Secondary Schools, Alternative Schools, School Safety and Security, K-12 Counseling, and the design and construction of the $10 million addition at Goshen High School and the new Intermediate School, which will open for the 2021-22 school year. Under his supervision and guidance, the graduation rate at Goshen High school increased from 81.8% to 93.2%, the highest in Elkhart County.