Josh ‘Mr. G’ Goeringer, principal at Union Township Middle School (UTMS) in Valparaiso, knew he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. He saw education as the perfect opportunity to allow him to focus on his passion, and he’s never looked back since.
“I went into education to make a difference, I entered administration to try to make as big a difference as I could on another level. I feel that positivity every day I am at UTMS.” Goeringer said.
He said he enjoys the work because of the mental stimulation it gives him each day.
“I love what I do and who I work with. I get excited to come to work every day. I have the best co-workers, community, and students. It’s challenging and fun all at the same time.” Goeringer said.
However, before he stepped into his position as principal, Goeringer both coached and taught at various schools throughout the Region. As a Crown Point High School (CPHS) graduate, he knew he wanted to continue his career in the area he knows best.
“Previously, I was the athletic director and assistant principal at Westville Middle/High School and was the girls varsity basketball coach. I then taught math at Taft Middle School in Crown Point to start my career for about nine years,” Goeringer said. “I also coached girls basketball at Crown Point High School for four years and just about every sport at Taft. “
Goeringer said he’s gained a lot of experience through his multiple positions in the school system.
“I think anytime you change buildings and start somewhere new, you gain so many aspects of education as well as perspective. Moving on from coaching and teaching into administration was very difficult, but I use all those experiences and challenges in my life and career.” Goeringer said.
Goeringer said the people he has gotten to work with over the years have helped shape his career.
“I’ve worked and work with some amazing people who have helped shape my career. That leaves a mark,” he said.
Goeringer plans to retire in his field; he loves what he does.
“I do what I love, why change?” Goeringer said.
Goeringer believes that he makes an impact at UTMS.
“I want to make an impact daily, whether that be with students, staff, parents, or the community. There are often little exchanges I have throughout the day that remind me I’m exactly where I should be,” Goeringer said.
In his free time, Goeringer enjoys doing various activities and spending time with his family.
“I love sports, exercising, movies, music, working with my hands, playing music and spending as much time as I can with my family and wife, Kelly, our two sons, Graham and Charlie, and our puppy, Pepper. I’m an avid Bears, Bulls, and White Sox fan. I laugh a lot at work, at home, and with friends and family,” he said.
Goeringer goes throughout life with a sense of humor and never takes things too seriously.
“Humor is a big part of life both professionally and personally. I always say ‘If you can’t laugh in this job, you’re gonna cry. And sometimes both.’ I stay pretty laid back and try not to stress too much. It is very important to me that my staff and students know I care about them.” Goeringer said.