Rasche tabbed to lead NE Dubois elementaries

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

Tara Rasche

DUBOIS — When Tara Rasche takes over as principal of Dubois and Celestine elementary schools this fall, it’ll be familiar territory.

She graduated from Northeast Dubois in 1988 and, aside from her college years, has lived in the school district her whole life. Her three kids — Madison Mundy, Alexa Rasche and Tyla Rasche — are all Northeast Dubois graduates, as well. Mundy even teaches at Dubois Elementary.

“I’m actually going to be her boss,” Tara said. “But I was her teacher, her coach and her mom, so we can make it work.”

Tara has spent most of her 25-year career at Northeast Dubois. She spent nine years teaching English at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School before returning to her alma mater as a high school English teacher. Most recently, she served as the corporation’s media specialist.

Tara graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 1992 with a degree in education and took the job at Forest Park after completing her student teaching there. She decided to continue her education right away and in 1996 graduated from Indiana Wesleyan with a master’s degree. In the years since, she’s continued taking classes as they come up in pursuit of a doctoral degree.

“I’m just passionate about education,” she said. “I love learning and consider myself a lifelong learner.”

She’s going into her final year of a doctoral program in educational leadership at Indiana State University.

Although Tara started her career at Forest Park, she and her husband, Dennis, always lived in the Northeast Dubois school district. That meant that when Tara’s daughters came through school, they had her for a teacher at some point. That led all three of them to swearing they’d never grow up to be teachers. But that’s exactly what they did. Mundy teaches special education at Dubois Elementary, and Alexa teaches special education at Ferdinand Elementary. Tyla is currently studying education at the University of Evansville with plans to become a world languages teacher.

“We seem to be an education family,” Tara said.

Tara knows she’s joining the administrative team at a difficult time in Northeast Dubois’ history. In fact, she attended her first board meeting this month and witnessed the board decide to close Celestine Elementary at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Despite that, she’s still excited to take on leadership of the corporation’s elementary schools, and has faith in the community to bounce back from the hard times.

“I know it will be a challenge,” she said. “But I’m confident that we will all unite. We’ll be fine.”




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