Jay Bechtel of Valparaiso in Porter County received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Goshen College in 1964 and a Master's Degree in elementary education from Purdue University.
Jay taught in the Portage Township Schools for 13 years, nine years in sixth grade and four years as a middle school math teacher and Math Department chair. In 1977, he became elementary principal at Kouts School, where he served for 30 years before retiring in 2007.
He served as president of the Indiana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals.
Jay and his wife, Pat, a retired registered nurse, have one married daughter and two grandchildren.