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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Tim Koehl teaches anatomy and physiology at Bishop Dwenger High School, and has been teaching for 29 years.

Monday, October 31, 2016 5:32 am

Teacher Honor Roll/Education Notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Tim Koehl

School: Bishop Dwenger High School

Subjects taught: Anatomy and Physiology

Education: Bachelor of science from Tri State (currently Trine University); masters in educational administration from IPFW

Years teaching: 29

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Three children, two of whom currently attend Bishop Dwenger High School

Last books read: "Success Stories" by Robert T. Kiyosaki and "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller

Favorite teachers: Tom King, Harlan Frick, Max Eichenour – I had a very positive high school experience and enjoyed almost all of my teachers at Paul Harding High School.

Favorite class in high school: Physical education

Favorite teaching memory: My favorite moments are when I see past students and they approach me on their own and relive high school moments. It makes me feel good that they remember me in a positive way.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future: My advice is for students to find their happy place and "go for it." Do what you enjoy so you can wake up every day and look forward to the day. Be a positive contributor to your community.   

Recommended by: Collette Caggiano, Dwenger grad

Reason for Recommendation: "In high school, I was struggling a lot and I felt like I wasn’t always the best student. I was late to his class and I wasn’t always the most respectful. He didn’t hold anything against me because he knew I was going through a lot. Even though I felt like I couldn’t do a lot for him, he did a lot more for me."


The third IPFW Service Learning Showcase is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Walb Classic Ballroom and is open to faculty, students and community organizations. The keynote speaker will be Anne Weiss, assessment director from Indiana Campus Compact, who will present "Community-Based Learning Curriculum Development." RSVP to if you are a student or faculty member and plan to attend or submit a service learning project poster or presentation.

Homestead High School

Homestead seniors Kolin Davis, Austin Render and Gabe Smith took home four first place awards at the 13th annual Terri Hemmert Midwest Regional High School and College Radio Conference at Columbia College Chicago. Davis won twice in the categories of "Station Promotion" and "Live Newscasting"; Render won in the category of "Sports Play-By-Play"; and Smith won in the category of "Audio Documentary." Davis also received second place for "Podcast" and Honorable Mention for "PSA." Davis, Render and Smith broadcast all year on WCYT, The Point 91.1 FM. Render is the voice of the Spartans football and boys and girls basketball teams and hosts "The Huddle" after school on Monday. Davis co-hosts many talk radio shows, including "Heart of the Issue" during the morning on Fridays and "Entertainment Interruption" on Friday afternoons. Smith is the color commentator on Spartans football and basketball and is play-by-play for the baseball team. For more information on Homestead High School Radio, contact Adam Schenkel, radio and TV director, at

Canterbury High School

The state chess championship hosted by the Canterbury Chess Club is open to all Hoosier students. The Indiana State K-12 Grade Chess Championships will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Canterbury High School, 3210 Smith Road. There are 13 separate divisions for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Pre-K students will compete in the Kindergarten division. Participation is limited to the first 350 to apply. The entry fee is $20. First-place winners of grades K-12 will receive a $50 gift certificate from Second place will receive a $37.50 gift certificate, and third-place will receive a $25 gift certificate. Online Entry and more information can be found at

Grace College

Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development will present the fifth annual Executive Forum, "Engaging Employees into the Company Culture," 8 to 11:45 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake. Bill Pollard, chairman of Fairwyn Investment Co., will give the forum’s keynote address. Pat Miller, host of "The Pat Miller Program" on WOWO, will moderate the event. Five panelists will offer their perspective on engaging employees: Emily Hughes Smith, owner/operator of Naissance in Granger; Mark Webb, CEO of QuikCut in Fort Wayne; Larry Davis, CEO of Daman Products in Mishawaka; Dan Adams, president and CTO of Manufacturing Technologies Inc. in South Bend; and Randy Lake, CEO of Oldcastle Materials Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. The forum is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and $35 for each additional person from the same company. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting The first 300 registrations will receive a free copy of "The Soul of the Firm" by Pollard. Additionally, area high school students will be invited to fill the gallery for no charge. For more information, call Marsha Yocum at 574-372-5100, ext. 6094.

Bishop Dwenger High School

Seniors Kevin LaMaster and Kyle Weingartner were named 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalists.  Weingartner is the first Bishop Dwenger student to achieve a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. Miriam Barry, Bridget Breckler, Olivia Christensen, Jacob Robinson and Michael Voors were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  

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.