9th Grade Honors Project - Teacher Spotlight

 By Jessica Pollitt, Alana Addington, Charlie Baron, Colin Arnold, Jason Livingston

How many times have you asked yourself, “What ever happened to…?”  I’m sure as people get older they begin to wonder what happened to friends that moved away, people they graduated with, or teachers who had a big impact on their lives. Well, we can’t really tell you what happened to former classmates or high school graduates, but we can tell you a little bit about some of those teachers who may have had a big impact on your life...... at least the ones that are still impacting the lives of students at Union City Community High School.

 

Connie Sheppard

What made you become a teacher?

Inspired by my high school physical education teacher

What brought you to Union City?

1st 2 years of teaching I taught high school, realized this was not for me. My superintendent that I had my first two years left to come to UC, he called me and told me there was a middle school posting open. I applied, and here I am.

Why did you pick this subject to teach?

 Being an athlete since middle school, it’s all I ever wanted to do.

When did you start teaching?

1980

What do you like most about teaching?

The reward of seeing students grow and mature starting from 6th grade till senior

What do you enjoy doing after school?

Depending on time of year- fall/spring yard work and golf- winter?

Where did you graduate? What year?

1975

Were you involved in any activities associated with your school?

I did volleyball, basketball, track, and softball

Are you or have you coached any extracurricular activities? 

No

 

Angie Brouse

What made you become a teacher?

“I wanted a profession where I could help others and work with kids. I also wanted a job where I could work with Spanish on a regular basis. I like teaching because it allows me to share cultures and a language that interest me with young people.”

What brought you to Union City?

“I am from Union City, so nearly all of my family lives here. Also, there was a job opening for a Spanish teacher!”

Why did you pick this subject to teach?

“I love Spanish and modern languages! Ever since I began Spanish class, I have wanted to become a fluent speaker, so that is why I continued to study it throughout college. I like learning about and celebrating Spanish-speaking cultures. I also like learning (and sharing my knowledge throughout teaching) about practices that stem from backgrounds different than my own.”

When did you start teaching?

2011

What do you like most about teaching?

“I like that I get to work with Spanish language and culture every day, and that I get to share a topic I enjoy so much with young people who have never studied Spanish before. I also appreciate unexpected joys from students, like when I am frustrated or having a bad day and one of my students makes me laugh or understands or remembers something that I taught them.” 

What do you enjoy doing after school?

 “I like to exercise (run, dance, ride my bike, aerobics, etc.), eat/cook (or try to cook), sew, do crafts, and, since I just moved into my own house, restore furniture. I plan to become an avid gardener since I am going to have my first garden this summer.”

Where did you graduate? What year?

“I graduated from UCCHS in 2006 and from DePauw University in 2010.”

Were you involved in any activities associated with your school?

“Yes! In high school I played volleyball for my freshman and sophomore. I was a cheerleader and on the dance team for four years. I was also in Student Council, NHS, FFA, FCA, and probably a few other activities I can’t remember in my old age. In college, I was on the pom squad, I was a part of a sorority, and I was a part of the community service organization.”

Are you or have you coached any extracurricular activities? 

“I help Mrs. Adelsperger with the dance team. I also “coach” the Junior class as their sponsor.” 

 

Justin Jones

What made you become a teacher?

“I have always liked the idea of helping people out. I remember not being prepared for college and decided that I wanted to help students make the transition from high school to college easier. I also enjoy what I teach and like to share what I have learned about history to students.”

What brought you to Union City?

“A position opened up during my second third year of teaching at North Montgomery. I am from Winchester, so the opening here was an opportunity to get back closer to home.”

 Why did you pick this subject to teach?

“I have always enjoyed history and knew that this would be the subject to teach.”

When did you start teaching?

“2006.”

 What do you like most about teaching?

“Helping prepare students for life after college.”

 What do you enjoy doing after school?

“Playing with my dogs.”

Where did you graduate? What year?

“High school 2001, college 2006”

Were you involved in any activities associated with your school?

“Football one year, cross country 3 years, wrestling 4 years, track 3 years, student council 4 years.”

Are you or have you coached any extracurricular activities? 

“Cross country”

 

Tim Welch 

What made you want to become a teacher?

“I liked my high school football coach and also was my physical education teacher. His brother was my biology teacher. They were Gary and Tom Pryor.”

What brought you to Union City?

“I graduated from UCCHS in 1969.”

Why did you pick this subject to teach?

“I’ve always loved physical education and sports. I liked being outside and participating in activities.”

When did you start teaching?

“I started teaching in 1973 after I graduated from Purdue. I taught at Clinton Central for 4 years before coming back to Union City. I’ve been in UCCHS for 35 years or 39 years in teaching.”

What do you like most about teaching?

“I love the challenges of watching students grow and mature into young adults.”

What do you enjoy doing after school?

“I love being outside, working in my yard, boating, and playing with my grandchildren.”

What year did you graduate?

“I graduated high school from UCCHS in 1969, and Purdue in 1973. I received my masters from Indiana University in 1979.”

Were you involved in any activities associated with the school?

“In high school, I played football and tennis. I was a member of the Letter Mans Club, and participated in 2 class plays. They were “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “The Happiest Millionaire.”

Are you involved in coaching any school activities?

“I’ve coached over 120 sports seasons in my career. I coached football for 38 years, wrestling for 19 years, the girls head tennis coach, middle school basketball, wrestling, and track. I’ve been involved in intramurals for 5th grade for 15 years, and I taught Driver Education for 32 years.”

 

Tami Tillman

What made you become a teacher?

“I come from a family of teachers. I like kids and art and teaching was the best way I knew to work with both as a professional.”

What brought you to Union City?

“My husband, he was born and raised here in Union City. I finished my degree shortly after we were married. He was employed at what was then called Sheller Globe so we decided to live in Randolph County. I did my student teaching under Bob Farlow at Winchester high school. Immediately following my student teaching, I was hired on part time at WCHS. The next year I was split between WCHS and UCCHS. “

Why did you pick this subject to teach?

“I like it.”

When did you start teaching?

“1988.”

What do you like most about teaching?

“The kids.

What do you enjoy doing after school?

“I do a little of all kinds of art. I try to learn something new each summer either by classes, workshops, seminars or self-taught.”

Where did you graduate? What year?

“I graduated high school from Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1983. I graduated from Ball State University in the winter quarter of 1987-88.”

Were you involved in any activities associated with your school?

“In high school, I was a member of the swing choir, band, pit orchestra and an intramural bowling team.”

Are you or have you coached any extracurricular activities?

“I have been the Art club sponsor since I started here. I have been the Student Council sponsor, drill team sponsor, the Senior class sponsor, the Sophomore class sponsor, the Fine Arts Academic Team Coach and I am now the AVID Site Team Coordinator.”