Gradruated from Labette County High School in 1965
Graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1973
Choosen as outsantding senior from the Physical Education Department at PSU
BS for PSU
Certification PE, Social Studies, Biology, General Science, & Physchology
Love & Logic by Jim Fay
the rest are too numerious to list
This is my first year here at Ruppenthal Middle School. I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science, with emphasis on outdoor learning center. I will also be the head coach for the Middle School girls basketball team.
I started teaching in 1973 in USD 506, which is Altamont, KS.
Other schools that I have taugh at are: Southeast High School, Cherokee,KS; Rossville Middle School; Valley Falls High School; Shawnee Heights High Shool; Great Bend High School.
Six Children, four living all grown, two deceased because of muscular dystrophy.
Labradors!!!! especially chocolate labs, horses, cattle, poultry, too numerious to continue
Science teacher at Ruppenthal Middle School. I am a husband for over 50 years married to my wife Caroline, nick name Carrie Jo. A proud father of six children. All our living children graduated from college and are very happy. Carrie and I lost two sons, Matthew and Teddy to muscular dystrophy. Teddy passed away at 14 and Matthew at 23. They taught us how to live and how to give.
I started my education at the first grade in a one room school called Salem. I and six other students were given a great education up to the fourth grade when I moved to another one room school called Caldwell. Eighteen other students and I went to a new consolidated school in the seventh grade, Meadow View a very spacious school in district 506 out of Altamont, Kansas.
I attended Labette County High School from 1961 to 1965 when I graduated. I was a three sport athlete, honor roll student, and Senior Class President. I then traveled to K-State where I spent my freshman year until my dad, Theodore needed me to attend college closer to home and help him on our dairy farm for his health was starting to fail. I attended what was called Parsons Junior College then and completed 60 hours of credit and married my wife Carrie the last semester of my sophomore year.
I then took over the family dairy and became a dad and devoted my time to my family and the dairy. I began coaching 4th graders in basketball at 19 and by 1973 I knew what my passion was. I enrolled at Pitt State University that year. Carrie and I managed the dairy and I commuted to Pitts State.
In December of 1975, I began my teaching career and I found the happiness that I was in search of. My teaching and coaching started at a school in Mound Valley, Kansas. We spent 22 years teaching, coaching, running our dairy, and farming 640 acres of owned and rented land.
The year 1989, because of our son’s failing health, I decided to leave the farm and move to the edge of Topeka and teach and coach at Rossville, Kansas. I changed my teaching and coaching in 1996 upon the passing of our youngest son Teddy and took a position at Valley Falls, Kansas. Six years later our middle son Matthew passed away and I took a 5A job of teaching and coaching at Shawnee Heights which was closer to my home. I retired from teaching in 2006 and moved to our ranch Southwest of Ellsworth, Kansas.
Teaching and Coaching has and is my passion for I believe our number one resource is our children. I was impacted by many teachers and coaches. It was these special people that helped shape me. Carrie and I love the ranch Country and we raise almost every kind of animal. We are true environmentalist, and we invite people to come and visit us.
Some of my accomplishments are the Outstanding Senior award, Pittsburg State 1975, three years running most inspirational teacher at Shawnee Heights, State Trips in football and basketball, coached over 1600 basketball games and 300 football games. I also was chosen as a teacher who made a difference 3 times by the WIBW Television station. I will be somewhat lost after this school year for I will retire for the second time. I love my students at RMS and we will together have an outstanding year.
“Quote” Do the things that are hard to do and the power will come.”