Former Northwood Elementary teacher returns, steps up as principal

Northwood Elementary School will welcome a familiar face as principal this fall.

The Franklin Community School Corporation approved a contract for Karle Hougland during Monday’s meeting. Hougland, currently serving as an assistant administrator at Whiteland Elementary School, will replace Andrea Korreck, who will transition to a new role working with elementary-age special needs students at Franklin schools, said Robin Betts, a spokesperson for the district.

Hougland is a Franklin Community High School graduate and worked at Franklin schools before taking her latest job with Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation.

She previously spent eight years teaching at Northwood and Union Elementary and was an instructional coach at Custer Baker Intermediate School and Union Elementary. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin College and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Butler University, according to a Franklin schools news release.

“I am so excited to return to Franklin Schools and Northwood Elementary, as both are home to me,” Hougland said. “I hope to give back to the community that has given so much to me, as this is where I have grown up and where my children go to school as well. I am looking forward to continuing Northwood’s legacy of high expectations for student achievement and a strong sense of community. Proud to be a Grizzly Cub and Northwood Owl!”

Dr. David Clendening, Franklin superintendent, said Hougland is a great hire.

“We are thrilled to have Karle back with us in Franklin,” Clendening said. “Her knowledge and background in literacy, her pride in the community, and her proven commitment to growing kids made her the perfect candidate for this role.”