Valuing diversity in schools

Susan Gunnell - Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Just like our country, our community and school district are becoming more diverse. Today in the United States, approximately one in four Americans belongs to a minority or is foreign-born and today’s workplace is more diverse than it has ever been. For our children, coming to school and learning in a classroom with students from diverse backgrounds has many advantages. One benefit is that students who have interactions with people of all races, cultures, academic abilities, and disabilities learn acceptance and tolerance. Researchers have found that students with experiences in a school with a diverse student population become more accepting of an individual’s differences. Because of the diversity found in our classrooms, our students are learning about different backgrounds, cultures, and customs in the most natural way possible, through their daily interactions with other students in their classroom and school. Through these positive interactions, our students will leave our schools capable of entering the world of work or further education ready to successfully interact, learn, and work side-by-side with people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Our teachers and school personnel are trained to help students value and accept the differences each child brings into the classroom. When a problem does arise, the teacher or other professional is there to help each student learn to work successfully with others.

Getting to know people from different cultures and backgrounds makes living in a diverse society both educational and interesting. The trained and caring educational professionals in our school district are always on hand and ready to help all of our students. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at

Susan Gunnell

Superintendent, Huber Heights City Schools

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at

Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at