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Best-Places-to-Work-2020For the fourth consecutive year, University High School has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana.

The Best Places to Work distinction was awarded to 125 Indiana companies for 2020, and University High School is once again the only school in the state to be recognized.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Indiana. University High School entered the competition for the first time in 2017, and the school has been selected all four years it has entered.

What We Love About University High School

Tasha Barger, Art Teacher
“University High School is an amazing place to work and is completely unique to any other experience I have had teaching. Through the mentoring program, I have developed relationships with students that will last a lifetime. Also, the community spirit and atmosphere created by both the faculty and our student body has made the school into a place that welcomes and supports all.”

Mike Hagan, Business Manager
“University High School is a great place for me to end my work life. I enjoy the people I work with, and I especially enjoy being around the students; they keep an old guy young. Plus, this school lets me teach accounting!”

Erica Posthuma, Science Teacher
“I am thrilled to be a part of the University High School community. University’s small size allows me to get to know each of my students on a personal level and helps me build meaningful relationships with them. University is a great place to work because we have a knowledgeable, motivated, and dedicated faculty. I feel supported by my colleagues and administrative staff.”

Shannon Swann, Director of International Programs & French Teacher
“I love teaching at University High School because there are so many opportunities to bring the language to life for my students. With smaller classes and the possibility for travel during January Term, my students get to have authentic experiences that really enhance their language learning and cultural understanding.”

Jennifer Thompson, Executive Assistant to Head of School
“My colleagues at University High School are part of what makes it a great place to work. The collaborative, all-in efforts of everyone at University as well as their dedication to the educational and emotional development of our students make University a unique, wonderful place to work.”

Jake Thurman, History Teacher & Dean of Students
“The way I explain teaching at University High School to my former colleagues at other schools is probably the simplest way I can describe the wonderful experience of being at University. I have them remember back to when they were eighteen years old and deciding to major in education. I then tell them that University is as close to that idealized picture as you are going to find. Teachers are given the freedom to share their love of their subject (and learning, generally) with students in meaningful ways. The students are engaged and invested in their learning. The community is overwhelmingly supportive and welcoming. Simply put, being a part of University High School makes you feel like you are contributing to something very special, and that is a wonderful feeling to take home every day.”

Hear from other faculty and staff by checking out their staff directory pages.

About Best Places to Work

To qualify for the Best Places to Work in Indiana award, companies must meet several qualifications. They must be for-profit, not-for profit, or government entities. They must be publicly or privately held businesses. They must have a facility in Indiana and at least 15 employees working in Indiana. And they must be in business a minimum of one year.

The application process for University High School involved two parts. First, the school submitted information on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. Second, faculty and staff were asked to measure their experience through individual surveys. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Indiana, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The final rankings will be announced at an awards dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, then published in the May-June issue of the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice® magazine.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Indiana program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkIN.com.