McKeand leaving as assistant principal

BREMEN — Bremen High School is losing a senior administrator, but he’s not going very far.
The Union North School Board members approved the hiring of Bremen High School Assistant Principal Nate McKeand at their meeting Thursday, June 13.
McKeand is the new junior-senior high school principal for the district.
A veteran teacher and administrator, McKeand has served as BHS’ assistant principal for the past six years.
McKeand said he’ll miss the people he’s met the most.
“In my six years at Bremen Public Schools, I have created some great friendships,” he said. “I will miss working with these people on a daily basis, but will do my best to keep in touch.”
Before becoming an administrator, McKeand taught business and marketing for the South Bend Community School Corporation and for Tippecanoe County Schools in Lafayette.
“I was ready for a new challenge and a new experience. I wanted to stay in the area due to the fact that my wife and I are from Warsaw,” McKeand said. “Our families remain in Warsaw. Union North United School Corporation is making some positive changes and I am excited to be a part of that change.”
McKeand is a 1996 graduate of Warsaw High School. He has been living in Nappanee for the past five years.
In addition to his experience, McKeand said he is bringing a teamwork attitude into his new role.
“I am a team player that is willing to work hard,” he said. “I feel I relate well with students and staff. I have experience being a testing coordinator, working with state assessments and working with data.”
His current contract is completed at the end of June. He plans to start at LaVille on July 1.
Union North Superintendent Mitch Mawhorter said McKeand was one of five candidates out of a dozen applicants to be considered for the position.
“What set him apart was his experience of six years as the assistant at Bremen High School, and that he had been involved in the 8-step process there,” Mawhorter said.
Now that he has the school board’s OK, McKeand knows the work is just beginning. He has a list of several priorities he hopes to address.
“The number one role of the building principal is the safety of staff and students,” he said. “I will look at school safety plans and drills to help provide a safe learning and working environment. I will need to look at opportunities to remediate students to help prepare them to pass state assessments. And the thing that I am most excited about is meeting and getting to know the staff and students.”
For him, it’s the people around him that are as important as who is in charge.
“Being principal doesn’t always mean you have all the answers or the best ideas,” he said. “It is important to surround yourself with good people and work as a team. I hope to involve both staff and students in making decisions that are in the best interest of LaVille Jr. Sr. High School.”