Buechlein honored for work as assistant principal

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

Buechlein

JASPER — Although not one to seek the spotlight, Glenn Buechlein had no choice but to accept an award earlier this month at the annual Indiana Association of School Principals Assistant Principal Conference.

Buechlein — who served as assistant principal at Jasper High School before taking on a new role as the corporation’s assistant superintendent of support services and transportation at the beginning of this school year — won District 11 Assistant Principal of the Year and was a nominee for Indiana Assistant Principal of the Year. He received a plaque recognizing his nomination at the conference.

Indiana Assistant Principal of the Year went to Susan Summers, assistant principal at Homestead High School.

Jasper High School Principal Brian Wilson nominated Buechlein for the district 11 award in February. Wilson hired Buechlein in 2012 when he took over as Jasper High School’s principal. In his letter of nomination, Wilson wrote that he hired Buechlein for his ability to build positive relationships and ability to evaluate classrooms. According to the letter, Buechlein exceeded his expectations.

“While he likely would not desire to be recognized for his efforts, I feel it is time for me to share how strongly I feel about his professionalism and the positive impact he has had on so many students, especially those of greatest need,” Wilson wrote.

Following Wilson’s nomination, Buechlein filled out lots of paperwork detailing his education philosophy and his work at the high school. Much of the focus was on the programs he established to help build relationships between students and staff: Caring Cats; Above and Beyond; Law and Let’s Order; Comfort Dogs; and Cats of the Round Table. Caring Cats and Above and Beyond reward students’ good behavior. Law and Let’s Order rewards students who have been part of Above and Beyond with lunch with School Resource Officer Jason Knies, and Cats of the Round Table offers students an opportunity to have lunch with special guests from the community.

Buechlein also set up Caring Alumni Assisting Thankful Students — CAATS— to help cover students’ technology repairs and subsidizing students’ online class costs.

All of Buechlein’s programs focus on helping build relationships between students and the adults in the community. His goal is to make sure each student has an adult they trust and can confide in.

“I think that’s what makes schools go,” Buechlein said. “It’s good for safety and it’s good for the [school] climate.”

Buechlein remains dedicated to his work even outside the building, his wife, Kelly said. It’s not uncommon for people to come up to him when the couple is out and about to ask about something going on at the school. He always listens to them, Kelly said, and if he doesn’t have the answer, he gets their contact information, finds the answer, and gives them a call.

“He goes above and beyond,” Kelly said. “It’s just in his nature. It’s who he is.”

Kelly accompanied Glenn to the Assistant Principal Conference when he received the plaque for District 11 Assistant Principal of the Year. She could tell he was a bit outside his comfort zone being among 12 assistant principals in the state honored that day, but she knew he was excited, too.

“He isn’t someone to jump up and down and pat himself on the back,” she said. “He smiled when telling me about the nomination, and I am sure he had a good talk with his mom.”

Although Glenn’s tenure as an assistant principal has ended, he continues to keep the students and building relationships at the forefront in his new position as assistant superintendent of support services and transportation. And he’s still known affectionately around the high school as Mr. B.




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