Model Elementary School
412 South Greene Road
Goshen, Indiana 46526

Phone: (574) 533-7677
Fax: (574) 534-4220

Administration and Office

Mrs. Tami Hicks – Principal
Mrs. Krista Troyer – TOSA
Amy Cox – Registrar
Sarah Russell – Bookkeeper
Wendy Clark – Parent Liaison


Mrs. Shelley Banes
Mrs. Esmeralda Guiterrez

Model School Counselor program runs Tier 1 classroom life skill lessons for all students, Tier 2: small groups and 1:1 services for students in need, Tier 3 work with students of High Risk and connecting them with outside resources. The Model School Counseling program supports all students to successfully transition to GIS and into life-long learners, who go on to graduate career/college ready and contribute as positive citizens. All students have access to an equitable, data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program ensuring academic, career, and social/emotional development. Model School Counseling program supports a student learning environment that empowers students and staff to become self-motivated, transformative learners and problem solvers.


Model’s school psychologist, Mrs. Alyssa Nichols, visits Model one day a week. The psychologist is here as a consultant and as a resource for the teachers. She also tests students who have been identified as having academic problems for learning disabilities. The psychologist is instrumental, along with the LRE teacher and classroom teacher, in setting up an Individualized Educational Plan for the affected students.


Model is very lucky to have Mrs. Tonya Harmelink as our full-time nurse. Some of the wonderful things Mrs. Harmelink does for Model include:

  • Assess and care for illnesses and injuries, contacting parents as needed
  • Organize and administer medications
  • Check all students for head lice at least 3 times a year
  • Look through student immunizations and advise parents accordingly
  • Encourage health and safety with posters, notes on newsletters, and staff instruction
  • Supply first aid kits for teachers
  • Read through health histories and notify appropriate staff of health concerns
  • Arrange for measuring all students twice a year
  • Screen vision of all students in first, third, and fifth grades and all others requested, then refer appropriately
  • Evaluate all 5th graders for scoliosis and report to parents
  • Teach classes in sexual abuse prevention, BASIC AID TRAINING, growing up, and other health issues as requested
  • Communicate with parents and staff regarding health questions and needs
  • Contact health agencies for additional classroom materials or resources as requested by staff

Goals for Model Educators

Teachers are:

  1. Creating a positive physical and emotional environment by using the Lifelong Guidelines and 55 Essential Skills.
  2. Recognizing the range of abilities and talents of their students while teaching the Learning Skills: Reading, Writing, Language, Social Science, Natural Science, and Computation.
  3. Developing a curriculum that addresses multiple levels of thinking.
  4. Increasing parent and community involvement with the school.
  5. Aware of current brain research, thereby constantly improving opportunities for all students.
  6. Integrating content areas into recognizable concepts that are meaningful, real-life, and age-appropriate. Information skills are taught through technology, research, presentations, and specialty folders.
  7. Sharing successful teaching strategies with other educators.

Model has adopted the Olweus’ School Bullying Program. The key principles of this program are:

  • Warmth, positive interest, and involvement on the part of adults
  • Firm limits for unacceptable behavior
  • Consistent use of non-physical, non-hostile negative consequences (sanctions) when rules are broken
  • Adults in the school (and home) who function as authorities.

At Model, we choose an Essential Skill to emphasize each month. These skills, called Lifelong Guidelines, we believe help create a friendlier school environment.

Lifelong Guidelines

  • Trust
  • Truth
  • Active Listening
  • No Putdowns
  • Personal Best


(If the forms are not visible below, click here.)

Facts & Figures

Visit the Indiana Department of Education Website for detailed information

School Improvement Plan

Every school, as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and Indiana’s Public Law 221, must have a school improvement plan. Each school has an improvement team comprised of staff, parents and community members. These teams developed their initial building plan in 2001-02 and revise the plan as needed each year.

Model’s School Improvement plan is located here.