I was welcomed by a principal who was enthusiastic and caring. It was obvious that he loves what he does and cares both about his staff and students. As we walked through the halls, Mr. Peters encouraged students to focus on being an exceptional student. Although Mr. Peters has been in an administrative position for many years, it was apparent that he has not forgotten what it is like to be a classroom teacher. It was obvious that there is a team effort at Indian Village when it comes to finding the best ways to get students engaged and successful in learning.
What really stands out at this school is the partnership with First Wayne Street United Methodist Church. I had heard many positive things about the volunteers from FWSUMC before my visit. Their partnership goes beyond the typical after school tutoring as they donate school supplies, books, and much more. In my one hour visit, I met two tutors, both very enthusiastic and committed to their work.
Indian Village is a unique neighborhood school, nested in an established neighborhood with the same name. The school is adjacent to a park which the school uses for special events. I had driven by this school many, many times as it was a short cut to pick up my oldest child from high school. But getting a peek inside to see what is actually going on made this school really come to life. Enthusiasm, caring, respect, a desire to learn…these are qualities one only sees from the inside.