Heather Hendrich was hired in March by Noblesville Schools as the district’s director of safety. Current in Noblesville talked with Hendrich, who filled the role July 1, about what she plans to bring to the district.
Education: Graduated from Noblesville High School, bachelor’s degree in special education from Indiana University (Bloomington), master’s degree in educational administration from Ball State University, doctorate degree in education from Ball State University
Career: Served as special education teacher for Noblesville Schools, assistant principal of Western Middle School, principal of Western Intermediate School and assistant superintendent/safety director for Western School Corp.
What attracted you to Noblesville Schools?
“I have always held Noblesville Schools in the highest regard. As a former student and staff member, as well as a current parent of children who attend Noblesville Schools, I have always been nothing but impressed with the education and services offered to students. With my educational background and previous experiences at both the building and corporation level of leading safety initiatives, this position seemed to be a perfect fit.”
What are you most excited about in your new role?
“I’m beyond excited to work with an outstanding and talented staff at Noblesville Schools. I’m looking forward to serving our students, staff and parents and to continue to build our safety initiatives and culture.”
What are your goals for district safety?
“Our No. 1 priority as a district is the safety of our students and staff. While no one can guarantee absolute safety, my goal is to always be learning and furthering our efforts as school safety leaders.”
What do you plan to bring to the district?
I am looking forward to working closely with the Noblesville Police Dept. and school resource officers that will now be placed in all of our schools. I feel this partnership will benefit our students and staff in a variety of ways.”
What are your initial plans as you start in your role?
“I plan to do a physical safety assessment of all buildings, meet with various students/staff/parents to gather input on our strengths and identified areas for improvement, hold parent informational meetings regarding safet, and carry out the numerous initiatives that were set in place with the referendum. My role will focus on all the many types of student and staff safety elements we consider, not just those regarding the May 25 (2018) shooting.”