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Welcome New Superintendent Dr. Carrie Cannon

Fairfield Community Schools welcomes Dr. Carrie Cannon as their new Superintendent. Born and raised in Bremen Indiana, Dr. Cannon is no stranger to rural school districts like Fairfield. In fact, she sought out Fairfield because it was a smaller rural farming community. “My heart was seeking to serve in a school district that has strong values, community pride, and similar to school corporations that I have served and grew up in.”  She comes to Fairfield after spending the last 11 years in administration at New Prairie United School Corporation. 
Dr. Cannon’s call to education began before she had even graduated high school herself. Her 11th grade year she encountered a Science teacher, Mr. Jeff Jankowski who changed the way she experienced school. She knew then that she wanted to be that change for other students and had a calling to be a teacher. She graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a 6th-9th Science Endorsement. She spent the first 11 years of her career teaching at Concord and South Bend Community Schools. During those years she grew to understand the profession from a boots on the ground perspective. She gained skills in instruction, parent communication and collaboration with colleagues.
In 2006, Dr. Cannon took an adjunct professor position at Bethel University working with senior education students to help them prepare to lead in their own classrooms. During this time Dr. Cannon became a mother to four children and sought a teaching position that provided a work-life balance with raising their family. The Bethel position was an opportunity to be present for that new chapter in her life.
Dr. Cannon received a Master’s of General Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and then her PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University. This helped prepare her to move into an administrative role within education. For the last 11 years she has worked in the Central Office as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum at New Prairie United School Corporation.
The Board of Education conducted the search and selection process over the course of a few months. They met with several candidates and Dr. Cannon was their top choice. They said of Dr. Cannon, “Dr. Cannon came across as a person of highly ethical character, someone who would be trustworthy, and lead with a great deal of enthusiasm and creative leadership. We believe in her ability to relate well with our staff, students, and community and to be a visible presence who will lead our district in new ways while still holding onto and valuing the traditions that are important to Fairfield Community Schools.” We look forward to working with Dr. Cannon as she settles into her new position. 

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Formed in 1963, the Fairfield Community School District is located in a rural district located in the southeastern portion of Elkhart County in north central Indiana.  The district covers approximately 124 square miles and serves Benton, Clinton, and Jackson townships.  Fairfield Community Schools is a district of roughly 2,200 students and is made up of Benton Elementary School (K-6), Millersburg Elementary-Middle School (K-8), New Paris Elementary School (K-6), and Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School (7-12). An elected five-member Board of Education governs the district.

Our elementary schools instruct science through hands-on inquiry investigations, we differentiate the teaching of reading strategies through Benchmark Literacy, EnVision math is our core math program, and elementary students have opportunities for band and choir starting in 6th grade.  Fairfield Jr.-Sr. High School offers a full-range of college and career readiness pathways. Students are able to earn dual credit for college in several classes, and Fairfield is transitioning to Early College, where students can earn up to 30 credit hours that will transfer to any Indiana state school. Students not opting for Early College can still earn a variety of credits in courses toward college, or they can follow any of several career pathways at Fairfield or through the vocational co-op. Local programs like advanced manufacturing, Project Lead the Way, agriculture, building trades, and cosmetology all carry college credit, and many offer students opportunities to compete in subject area contests. Programs like nursing, culinary arts, auto mechanics, and welding can be completed at another area high school as part of the vocational partnerships we have through the Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative. Many students balance their schedules with courses in performance, fine arts, and German or Spanish foreign language.

Fairfield K-8 programming is anchored in problem solving and inquiry.  The purposeful planning and rich I instruction is carried into Fairfield High School and has been recognized as one of Indiana’s Top 25 High Schools in US News and World Report in 4 of the last 5 years.  Fairfield Schools accepts transfer students through May and charges no tuition to families.

Elkhart County is one of the major manufactured housing, recreational vehicle, and boating industry centers of the United States. The district is only minutes away from the Northern Chain of Lakes, which offers fishing, swimming, boating, and other recreational sports. The Michigan border is 20 miles to the north, and Chicago is a couple hours drive to the west.

The corporation is made up of a wide range of economic and ethnic backgrounds. Since it is in a rural setting, many families make their living farming. Many others are involved in manufacturing and/or small business. We also have a large settlement of Amish families and conservative Mennonite families that bring many rich traditions to our school community. All of these groups are most supportive of their schools and are actively involved in school activities. Community involvement is one of the school system’s valuable assets. Many parent and adult members of the community assist and support our school programs through such organizations as music boosters, athletic team parent groups, and by serving on various school-wide committees and elementary PTO activities.

Fairfield is not just a school district; it is a community!

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-Our Mission-

Empowering a resilient, reflective,

and responsible community

to learn and lead boldly.

Fairfield Community School Corporation is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, handicapping conditions, or national origin including limited English proficiency, in any employment opportunity. No person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination on such basis under any educational program or student activity.

For further information, clarification, or complaint (grievance) procedures, please contact the principal’s office or the following coordinator for Section 504 (handicapping conditions), Title IX (gender discrimination), A.D.A. (Americans with disabilities), Title VI (race, color, creed, national origin, and limited English proficiency).