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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Tom Maupin teaches vocal music, musical theater and music theory at Northrop High School.

  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette High school teacher Tom Maupin leads his classroom in song at Northrop High School on Tuesday 03.13.19.  

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Monday, April 15, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher honor roll / education notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Tom Maupin

School: Northrop High School

Subject teaching: Vocal music, musical theater and music theory

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Years teaching: 30

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Grabill

Family: Amy Maupin, wife; Jeff Maupin, son; Jackie Maupin, daughter-in-law

Recent book read: “I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart

Favorite teachers: Bill Heins, Del Proctor, Rosalie Geller and Barry Ashton

Favorite class in school: Show choir

Favorite teaching memory: There are so many, but one of them is when Northrop qualified for the FAME National Show Choir Festival in Chicago and seeing the looks on the kids' faces as we competed against some of the best show choirs in the country. The kids worked so hard, and it was so rewarding to see it all pay off.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Show choir

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Always work hard, be dedicated, be kind, be there for others and be the best person you can be. Perform as much as possible and enjoy every experience!

Recommended by: MacKenzie Arford

Reason for recommendation: “He comes in every day and works hard with all of his students. He learns everyone's names and at least three facts about them. During the school year, he is there after school running the show choirs. During competition season, he shows up early Saturday mornings and spends all day cheering on his students and helps bring them home safely late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. He works hard every day to make the fine arts department at Northrop High School better.”


• An Electronic Vehicle Ride and Drive event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Parking Lot 9 near Kettler Hall at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

• Trine University's annual Take Back the Night rally and march begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a presentation by JoHanna Greene in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts in Angola. Greene is a spokeswoman for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Go to for more information.

• Trine's Department of Humanities and Communication will have its annual HAC Book Night 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Rick L. & Vicki L. James University Center mall on the Angola campus. The free public event will have tables of books for community members, students and Trine staffers to browse and take for free. Books not taken will be donated to Better World Books.

• Forest Kindergartens in Public Education is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center's farmstead barn, 2152 S. 425 W., Albion. The free program is intended for teachers, administrators, parents and others interested in forest kindergartens. Jean Lomino, co-founder and director of the Wauhatchie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will discuss her experience working with Forest School educators within school systems. Go to to register.

• Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne will host an automotive/diesel job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Steel Dynamics Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally. It is free and open to the public.

• Ivy Tech will host a College 101 Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive. Learn about Ivy Tech's offerings, financial aid, choosing a major and enrollment, among other topics. The event is free and open to all high school students, but reservations are encouraged at

• Bishop Luers High School, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, will host Mini Knight, an addition to LuersKnight 2019, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. April 26 in the Club Room at the Clyde Theatre, 1808 Bluffton Road. Tickets are $25 and available at all Clyde Theatre ticket outlet locations. For information, call Monica Zwick at 260-456-1261, ext. 3039.

• The next Allen County Retired Educators meeting is 11 a.m. April 29 at Biaggi's at Jefferson Pointe. Send reservations to Mary Jo Purvis at

Scholarships, recognition

Brett Fulk of Antwerp High School in Paulding County, Ohio, received an honorable mention in the Ohio 5th District 2019 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta of Bowling Green. Fulk's work will be displayed in one of Latta's district offices.

Dakota Snyder, a Trine University freshman criminal justice student from St. Joe, was part of a firearms team that placed third in its division at the American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon National Conference. Cisco Ortiz, Trine's criminal justice department chair, placed first in the professional division.

Alexa Walden of Fort Wayne is an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2019 legislative session. She graduated from Carroll High School and Indiana University, where she studied criminal justice and sociology.

Dong Chen received the Purdue University Fort Wayne 2018-19 Outstanding Research Award. He is a professor of civil engineering and director of the Argast Family Imaging and Analysis Lab.

• Winners of the third annual Friends of the Lincoln Collection high school essay contest were Nathan Phuong, Homestead High School, first place; Bryce Ginder, Carroll High School, second place; and Nicholas Beer, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, third place. The topic was the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Phuong was also the winner in his category of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum's annual literary contest.


United Way of Kosciusko County and Warsaw Community Schools will offer a summer kindergarten countdown program June 3-21 at Lakeview Middle School, 848 E. Smith St., Warsaw. It is targeted to incoming kindergarten students without preschool experience.

Two pre-assessments are required to attend. They will be administered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the district's central office. Call Jen Stafford at 574-371-5098, ext. 2429, or email to reserve a spot.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.