Goldman hired as D-W principal

DeLand-Weldon business teacher Matt Goldman will take on a new role for the school district after being hired as district 6th through 12th grade principal by the school board on May 16.

For the Town of Normal native and Illinois State University alum, it’s a chance to expand on relationships he has built in his eight years at DeLand-Weldon High School.

“I really care for these kids, and I feel I have been able to demonstrate that through teaching, and I want to step into a leadership role and have a larger impact. It was just a challenge I wanted to take on,” said Goldman.

He admits that being a principal to such a diverse age group is a challenge, but pointed out he has taught business and computer skills to both middle and high schoolers and is “comfortable toggling back between those two.”

The 2002 graduate of Normal Community High School earned his bachelor’s degree in business teacher education from ISU in 2007. He went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education, which licenses him to be an administrator.

“He is a highly respected educator by both students and his fellow colleagues. In my mind he is well suited to become the next principal in DeLand-Weldon,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes. “He has an excellent demeanor and is a team player.”

Goldman, 33, grew up in an athletic, sports-minded family, so he has also gravitated towards coaching. In his eight years at D-W he has coached basketball at the middle school girls and high school girls and boys levels, in addition to being an assistant track coach. He is still the boys high school basketball coach, and plans to continue coaching that team when he moves into the principal’s office.

“I’m excited for the opportunity, and happy to be here. I really care about the school and kids who go here, and I hope that enthusiasm goes through to everyone I come across,” he added.

He taught high school business for two years prior to coming to DeLand-Weldon, and currently lives in Maroa.

Hiring Goldman as a sixth through 12th grade administrator tweaks the administrative setup at the district. For the past two years, Amanda Geary was the K-12 administrator under interim superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes. With Geary hired as the superintendent as of July 1, she will keep K-5 duties as part of her position.

“I am confident that him (Goldman) and Amanda Geary will make an outstanding administrative team for DeLand-Weldon for years to come,” added Holmes.

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