Teach Elkhart County

From and For Our Schools

Right now, teachers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups account for ten percent or fewer teachers in Elkhart County partner districts. This creates a significant gap in the ratio of racially/ethnically diverse students and the presence of teachers from similar backgrounds in their classrooms. Research has shown that all students, and especially racially/ethnically diverse students, experience improved academic achievement when this gap is reduced.

You can be a part of closing the gap and be an incredibly valuable role model for students across Elkhart County by enrolling in Goshen College’s Teach Elkhart County (Teach EC) program!

Teach EC is open to racially/ethnically diverse students from Elkhart County who want to become teachers in Elkhart, Concord, Goshen and Bethany districts/schools. During the four-year college program, you’ll be trained to become a skilled and highly effective teacher. You’ll also receive extensive support through faculty mentorship and by being in a cohort of fellow students in the program. Plus, you’ll have the highly rewarding opportunity to give back to the community that you grew up in and receive several exclusive benefits (see more details below or read this article about the program).

Ten Reasons Local Students Love Goshen College

“The experience of being in a smaller school is that you feel more at home. You will get to know the teachers better. Everyone on campus makes you feel comfortable. There’s a lot of

-Daisy Gaspar Loera
2012 GC grad, Waterford Elementary teacher

Program Features & Requirements

Guaranteed Interview & Priority Job Placement

Four Elkhart County districts/schools (Concord, Elkhart, Goshen, and Bethany), in addition to Goshen College, will assist you in finding a job upon graduation in an area school.

Continuous Support

Teach EC provides academic support and personalized guidance in your college decision process, during your time at GC and into your first year of teaching, through one-on-one coaching — 6-7 years of relationships and support.

Exclusive Bonuses

As a Teach EC graduate, you will receive a hiring bonus in year 1 ($3,000), incentives in years 2 and 3 ($1,000 per year) and leadership opportunities as a Teach EC Ambassador.

College & Career Success

Your Teach EC peers, mentor, education faculty, and GC teacher grads will provide a community that is invested in you and your journey toward becoming a teacher.

Access to Excellent Facilities

As a Goshen College Education student, you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of Goshen College’s facilities. Among these are the laboratory kindergarten, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center and Goshen College’s Curriculum Library, which contains textbooks, educational kits, curriculum guides (K-12) and peace education materials (K-12).

Program Requirements

To be eligible for the Teach EC program, you must be from Elkhart County and intend to teach in Elkhart county, identify as a racially/ethnically diverse student and be interested in attending Goshen College.


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Interested in learning more about Teach EC? Contact:

Elisa Zwier

Teach EC Program Director

Education Faculty & Staff

Kathy Meyer Reimer

Professor of Education
Director of Elementary Education

Suzanne Ehst

Professor of Education
Director of Secondary Education

Brooke Lemmon

Associate Professor of Education
Director of Special Education

Elisa Zwier

Director of Teach Elkhart County
Assistant Professor of Education

Janine Ostergren

Education Administrative Assistant