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  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             CHRISTOPHER A. SMITH, ED.S.

    Christopher A. Smith, 57, was appointed Superintendent of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana November of 2013 and his official start was January 1, 2014.

    CSBIOMr. Smith is revealing and initiating Professional Learning Communities and interventions to support all types’ of student learners, and establishing collaborative teacher teams (Professional Learning Communities) to support success for Climate and Culture and to improve instruction and assessment district wide. Mr. Smith’s number one goal and focus has been student learning and achievement, student and staff safety, and developing a proficient budget for the district.
    Under Mr. Smith’s leadership the elementary, middle school, and high school will strive to meet mandates and testing such as: ESSA, NWEA, ISTEP, ECA, SAT, and ACT scores, and will display improvements at all levels.


    Mr. Smith is a member of the Indiana Association of School Superintendents Association, Kokomo Area Special Education Coop, Kokomo Area Career Center Vocation School, Partners in Education Committee, Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and Wabash Valley Educational Center Superintendents, Howard County Local Coordinator (LCC), North Central Indiana School Study Council, Indiana Small Rural Schools, Indiana School Board Association, Indiana Association of Business Officials, Ivy Tech Advisory Board, United Way of Howard County Board. He also have become a School Improvement Specialist trained by the Indiana Department of Education in 2018.  
              
    Mr. Smith was also nominated as Superintendent of the Year in 2012 by other superintendent’s in Indiana.

    Mr. Smith was the superintendent at South Central Community Schools, Union Mills, Indiana, where he finished seven year as the superintendent. Previously, he was the principal for five years and assistant principal for two years at Lakeland Middle School in LaGrange, Indiana. Mr. Smith taught Physical Education at all levels between kindergarten through twelfth grade and Health Education sixth through eighth grades at M.S.D. of Steuben County in Angola, Indiana, student taught at Muncie North in Muncie, Indiana, and coached at Yorktown High School, in Yorktown, Indiana. Mr. Smith coached: Tennis, football, cross-
    country, basketball, wrestling, track, and directed a successful Tennis Camp for fourteen years.

    Mr. Smith ‘s educational background includes an Educational Specialist degree from Indiana State University with concentration in Leadership in School Business Affairs, Master of Science in Secondary Administration from Indiana State University, Masters of Science degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. He is licensed in superintendence, secondary administration and supervision, and has a life license in teaching content areas of Physical Education and Health.

    Mr. Smith will be completing his (34 th ) years in public education (K-12). His strengths include, but are not limited to: Leadership, instructional leadership, finance, organizational leadership, (27M) in building projects, technology as a learning
    tool, decision making skills, and experiences as a leader in many phases of education, and willingness to implement and adjust to educational changes that are deemed to benefit student learning and achievement. He is enthusiastic, and able to dedicate his energies and time to being a positive and proficient superintendent for his community.

    Mr. Smith has been married for (25) years and has two children. His daughter is (22) and his son is (18). Family is and always will come first in his life. He wants his legacy to be known as a loving, caring, and great husband and father.

    Mr. Smith is a working superintendent of schools who sincerely likes to work with others to develop good programs for students, who is able to meet the unique needs of the diverse populations, who has successfully met the challenge of today’s educational challenges, and who would like to increase staff morale and professionalism at Taylor Community Schools.

    Christopher Smith’s Personal Mission Statement:

    My mission in life is to create and dedicate to setting high goals, to lead my family, students, staff, parents, and community to believe in themselves, and always aim high!  This starts with attitude! To love my family with many indulgences, aware that they are all my only treasures. I believe you must Trust and do what is right and be honest every day. I will be committed to do my best every day, and to treat people the way I want to be treated, “The Golden Rule.” In the end, I truly believe that when you set high goals and work hard, good things happen.






  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             DEBORAH A. BARTON, CPA

    Deborah M Barton, 56, was appointed Business Manager/Treasurer of the Taylor Community School Corporation in Kokomo, Indiana in June of 2003 and started working on June 30, 2003.

    BartonMrs. Barton is a member of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials and has volunteered to be a mentor for other members of the association. Mrs. Barton was presented with the 2007 Indiana ASBO Region 5 Treasurer of the Year awardby her peers. Mrs. Barton is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
    Mrs. Barton earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree from St. Leo College in 1988 and a Master of Accounting degree from Florida International University in 1990. Mrs. Barton has been a Certified Public Accountant for twenty-three years, since 1991.

    Mrs. Barton previously worked for the Kaufman & Rossin, CPA firm in Miami, Florida for eight years performing audits, reviews and accounting services. Mrs. Barton also previously worked as the Accounts Receivable Supervisor at Bona Vista Programs, a non-profit agency, in Kokomo, Indiana for seven years.
    Mrs. Barton grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and lived in Homestead, Florida for ten years before moving to Indiana. Mrs. Barton has been married for twenty-seven years and has two children. Her daughter is 22 and is married to an Air Force Senior Airman and living in Georgia. Mrs. Barton’s son is 17 and attends school at Taylor High School.
    Mrs. Barton is proud to be part of the Taylor family and the corporation office staff. She strives to provide all stakeholders with accurate, timely financial information. She also strives to improve the financial position of the school corporation.


    Deborah Barton's Personal Mission Statement:

    My mission in life is to have God in the center of my life.  Everything I do, including caring for my family, volunteering at church and school, and serving in my job as Business Manager, will be done with honesty and integrity.  I strive to make life better for those around me, which will in turn make my life better.  My professional mission is to help Taylor achieve financial stability, for the good of the students, staff and community.






  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             ERIC A. HARTMAN, M.ED.

    Eric A. Hartman, 52, has been Principal of Taylor High School since being appointed to the post in May of 2007 having previously served as Assistant Principal beginning in the fall of 2004. 

    Eric Hartman PrincipalMr. Hartman is a member of The Indiana Association of School Principals as well as the Indiana High School Athletic Association and currently serves as a member of The Mayor’s Council on Substance Abuse as well as the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.  Mr. Hartman is also proud to serve on the Titans of Taylor selection committee that honors Taylor High School graduates for their service to the community.

    Mr. Hartman has spent his entire professional career in public education serving the Taylor Community School Corporation beginning in August of 1992.  Mr. Hartman served as a Highly Qualified teacher of Economics, United States History and Sociology for twelve years prior to being promoted into a leadership position for the school district.  Mr. Hartman has also spent time coaching countless student-athletes serving as a middle school and varsity assistant football coach from 1992 through 1998 and was the head softball coach from 1996 through 2002 compiling a school coaching record 93 wins during that span which included back to back twenty win seasons in 1998 and 1999.  In May of 2000, Mr. Hartman was selected by his coaching peers as the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association District #2 Class “A” Coach of the Year.

    Mr. Hartman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington awarded in December of 1989.  Mr. Hartman completed his undergraduate requirements with a student-teaching assignment at Taylor Junior-Senior High school in 1989.  Mr. Hartman received his Indiana School Administrator License in 2004 upon completion of a Master of Science Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington with a 3.70 grade point average.  He is currently licensed to serve as a building level administrator K-12 as well as a classroom teacher in Economics, United States History and Sociology.

    Mr. Hartman has a total of twenty-eight years experience in secondary public education.  He is proud to be a Taylor Titan and enjoys working on behalf of the students and patrons of Taylor High School now serving his second generation of students.  Mr. Hartman is especially excited to work alongside the finest and most dedicated group of teachers and staff in Howard County.  He maintains an open door policy and looks forward to hearing from existing patrons as well as prospective ones who have heard about the fine academic and extra-curricular opportunities at Taylor High School.  He can be reached directly at 765-455-8201.


    Eric Hartman’s Personal Mission Statement:

    It is my personal belief that attitude and spirit are the driving forces in developing children into responsible adults.  It is my job as an educator to promote an environment that promotes integrity and a spirit of cooperation with student success at the forefront.  Failure is an option sometimes but will always be used as a learning opportunity for students, parents and teachers.  I chose to be in the kid business because I personally feel that the total development of a child is the most important occupation on the planet.  I pledge to always value the children and staff under my direction and to this end I will lead by example all the while being positive and caring.  Education is a process that involves everyone playing a role and I am excited that I get to assist in this awesome journey.






  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             Tiffany Longworth-Boruff
    Tiffany Boruff serves as Director of School Counseling for Taylor High School in Kokomo, Indiana since June 2017.

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    Prior to her appointment as Director of School Counseling, Ms. Boruff worked as a Program Director at the Kokomo YMCA. In this role, she successfully implemented a nationally recognized youth mentoring program serving at-risk youth in Howard County. Tiffany brings to the position five years of experience working as a School Counselor at Peru High School.  She brings valuable experience to Taylor Schools in the areas of test coordination and program implementation, as well as counseling skills, in the areas of academic, college, career, and personal counseling.  She is passionate about fostering relationships and developing meaningful connections with at-risk youth as a way to best support each student’s individual needs. 

    Ms. Boruff is actively involved in the community by serving as a volunteer for community organizations such as Kokomo Urban Outreach, Family Services Association, Howard County Mentoring Coalition, and Open Arms Women’s Shelter.  She is also an active member of Prevent Child Abuse Church Committee, Howard County Mentoring Coalition, and the Indiana School Counselor Association.

    Tiffany was fortunate to earn a full ride athletic scholarship to Pennsylvania State University, where she played collegiate basketball and earned a Bachelor degree in Social Work.  She went on to receive a master's degree in School Counseling from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Tiffany was honored as the first female athlete inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  She continues to hold the all-time leading scoring record, including boys and girls, for the most points scored in a high school career in Howard County.

    Tiffany is very proud of her personal and professional accomplishments, but is quick to acknowledge that her most treasured possessions won’t be found on a wall in her office or on the hardwood gymnasium floor.  Her most significant role is that of a mother to her two children, Taylor and Cole.  They are truly what bring her the most joy in life. 


    Tiffany Boruff's Personal Mission Statement:

    My personal mission is to live a balanced life, to always lead by example, and to welcome life’s challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow. Honesty, integrity, dependability, tolerance, and teamwork are qualities I value dearly. My personal mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in my family, my work, and my community. I will utilize all of the talents that God has given me and will participate in all aspects of my life with energy, purpose and gratitude. I believe all students have the ability to learn and succeed with faithful and continuous nurturing, guidance, and support. As a school counselor, I am driven to motivate and empower students by providing a safe and secure environment to support them socially, emotionally, and cognitively, to build a foundation for life-long learning. My most significant role, however, is that of a mother. I strive to raise my children to be respectful, confident, happy, healthy and well-adjusted young adults.

  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             HEATHER HORD
    Welcome to the Taylor Middle School web page and thank you for choosing Taylor!

    I am the principal at TMS and have been happily serving since July 2008.

    We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your student.  I have previously served as a teacher and the athletic director for Taylor Middle and High Schools for one year. All of my educational career has proudly been served as a TITAN! 

    I am a graduate of Eastern High School, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ball State University. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, political science, and pre-law and my graduate degree is a Master of Arts in educational administration. My teaching license is would allow me to teach government, United States history, and psychology and I also have a building level administrator license.

    Before entering into the educational field I worked as an adult and juvenile probation officer for six years in Grant County, Indiana. I felt the passion to change my career and pursued a teaching license. My main focus is to always do what is fair and right for the students. I work hard every day to push myself and those around me to be better for the students at TMS. My goal is to work with students, parents, and teachers to build a great community and environment at TMS. We want all students to be proud to be a TITAN!

    If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the middle school office.


    Heather Hord's Personal Mission Statement:

    My daily mission in life is to find the end of my comfort zone where life truly begins.

  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             MATTHEW NUTTALL, M.ED.
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    I was born and raised in Indianapolis on the SouthEast side. I attended University of Indianapolis and received my Bachelors in Elementary Education and my Masters in Educational Leadership. I have worked in education for 14 years. I have held every position in a school minus a school bus driver. I taught Elementary at Hawthorne Elementary until moving to re-open a school on the far East side of Indy. I was a proud member of a team that took Indianapolis Lighthouse East from a closed school to a two year A rated school. I served as Assistant Principal of Culture.


    I am married to Faith Nuttall as of december 2017. She and my three rescue dogs are my loving family. In my recreational time I’m an avid outdoorsman and play Racquetball all over the country. My family and my work make up the best parts of my life.



  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             AUDREY L. WUNDERLICH
    Mrs. Wunderlich has been a proud Titan alumni and staff member most of her life.

    AWBIOAfter graduating high school from Taylor with honors in 1999 she attended IndianaUniversity to receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school educationand Indiana Wesleyan University where she gained her degree in special education.

    Mrs. Wunderlich worked as an elementary and middle school teacher before becomingthe director of special education in 2014. Her personal mission in life is to help othersexpand their potential for success as she maximizes her own through dedication,compassion, and positivity.

    Mrs. Wunderlich has been married to her husband for 16years, and chooses to send her son to Taylor because she believes in the educationand character that is developed through being a Titan













    Audrey Wunderlich's Personal Mission Statement:

    My mission in life is to help others expand their potential for success as I maximize my own. Through dedication, compassion, and positivity, I aspire to learn from life experiences and apply that knowledge to make tomorrow even better than today.










  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             DAVID A. LONG, JR.
    David A. Long, Jr., now 60, was appointed Transportation Director of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana April 16, 2003.


    Mr. Long began driving a school bus the fall of 1976 to supplement his family farm income as a special needs bus driver in Howard County. In 1991 he was hired by Taylor Community School Corporation to drive route 14 in the Indian Heights sub division. Effective November 1, 2000 Mr. Long began supervision of the Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning System. Mr. Long was appointed to assistant maintenance, custodial supervision, and transportation director effective April 16, 2003. 
     
    Mr. Long served two years as the Region 5 Director of Transportation with School transportation Association of Indiana, 2012-2014. Mr. Long received 16 hours of on-site training with Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning with a skilled training coach in 2001. He completed the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Training in accordance with DOT/FHWA Part 382.603 on June 18, 2002. He completed the NAPT Training program course #802 – Special Education Transportation-Operations on April 16, 2003. He completed the one day training with Trane Controls on May 2005. He completed the 40 hour school bus driver-instructor classroom & behind the wheel training course by Richard E. Fischer, Trans-Consult Instructor on July 2006. Mr. Long completed Five Training Modules pertaining to Transporting Students with Disabilities on the school bus on February 10, 2007 provided by S.T.A.I. Mr. Long completed 8 hours of Blue Bird Maintenance & Multiplex Wiring Factory Training and a Braun Wheel Chair Lift training class in 2008. He completed the NAPT Training Program Course #302-Budget Development on April 29, 2009 in Fort Wayne, IN. He completed school bus maintenance training with Kerlin Bus Sales Training Class in 2010 and in 2011. Mr. Long completed the Supervisor Training of two hours in accordance with DOT regulations highlighting how to identify physical, behavioral, speech and performance symptoms that would justify probable cause drug and/ or alcohol testing on August 22, 2013. He has completed various safety trainings, Asbestos Awareness, and OSHA training provided Kokomo Electricians Union. 
     
    Mr. Long drove a school bus in Dallas TX for 1 year and taught Physical Education, coached track, football, and basketball at a small intercity Christian school while attending Christ For the Nations Institute, graduating with a general studies ministry degree in 1990. He attended one year of general studies at Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. In 1972-73, and one year at IVY Tech in Kokomo with classes in general carpentry and plumbing in 1974-75, and attended the 12 week short course in agriculture at Purdue University in 1976. Mr. Long coached cross-country bicycle treks in the summers, emphasizing safety, adventure, discipleship, and evangelism for 40 years. He has logged over 16,000 miles cycling in the USA and Wales. Mr. Long and his wife have also enjoyed service as foster parents and relief parents for 6 years in Howard and Cass County with a strong belief in helping the little people become safer and happier while cultivating a bright hope for the future.

    Mr. Long has a total of twenty three years of transportation experience at Taylor School and promotes school bus safety as a primary and ongoing pursuit. He sees the Taylor School Community as a premier education center in Howard County and will continue to serve, promote and work together with others in this community to help this school reach and maintain its potential in every possible way.


    David Long's Personal Mission Statement:

    My mission in life is to do my best each day, and endeavor to lift others up to be their best as well. My family and my God are by far my two most important priorities, and my work will reflect an attitude of excellence and joyful service at home, church, and school.









  • BIOGRAPHY                                                      PAULA BOLIN
    Paula Bolin was appointed as the food service director of Taylor Community Schools in 2016



    Mrs. Bolin has been a part of the Taylor family most of her life.

    She is a 1985 Titan Alumni.

    She began working in the food service department in 1999.

    After working many different positions within the department, she was named Food Service Director in 2016.

    Mrs.Bolin is married and has 3 children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

    She is very passionate about Taylor Schools and the growth and well being of our students..




    Paula Bolin's Personal Mission Statement:
     
    My mission in life is to always be kind to others and to always remember that you never know what someone else may be dealing with in their own personal  life. I strive to be the best leader that I can be not only to my staff but also my children and grandchildren.

  • BIOGRAPHY                                                             PATRICK H. BERNOTAS

    Patrick H.Bernotas is the Technology Director of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana

    PBMr. Bernotas came to Taylor as the School Corporation’s first Technology Director. His main job was to develop a 5 year Technology Plan and start Taylor Schools down a dynamic High Tech future. A strong foundation of highly trained staff, cutting edge infrastructure and robust technology hardware got the school operating in a digital rich environment. Mr. Bernotas’ current responsibilities have been expanded to manage Federal and State reporting, network services such as telephone, computer, projectors, security systems as well as a competent Tech Team.

    Mr. Bernotas is a retired Federal Firefighter of thirty years. This experience has given him the management skills needed to lead and develop the Technology Team and Plan for the Taylor Community School Corporation. He worked part time as Technology Director until retiring from Federal service in 2010. Mr. Bernotas is happily married with 3 children and 5 grand children.

    Mr. Bernotas’ educational background includes degree in Emergency Management from Community College of the Air Force and Federal Management studies at Texas A&M. Mr. Bernotas served as board member of Air Force Training Committee. He is certified as Homeland Security/FEMA instructor for National Incident Management System (NIMS) as well as adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Certified Apple Developer.

    Mr. Bernotas has a total of 23 years’ experience in public education (K-12). His strengths include, but are not limited to: skilled manager of programs and personnel, integration of technology in a learning setting, decision making skills based on best practices , and willingness to listen and implement team decisions.

    Mr. Bernotas is a loyal employee, dedicated to advancement of the Taylor Community School Corporation’s mission and goals. He believes in student life long learning and individual character development and is proud be a part of this process.


    Pat Bernotas' Personal Mission Statement:

    My life’s mission is to become an example of all my beliefs. I want to demonstrate everything I have learned in my short life with patience and understanding. I will continue as a lifelong learner and always make myself available and open to “catch” life lessons. I strive to know Christ and make him known.  My family is my passion and my Community is my service.







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    Brent Owens  1988

    Brent is President of cfd Investments, Inc. and Creative Financial Designs, Inc. in Kokomo, IN.  He has served in that role since 1998.  cfd Investments has consistently been ranked in the Top 100 Independent Broker/Dealers in the country and is registered in all 50 states and serves over 200 financial advisers nationwide.  The firm serves over 50,000 clients with assets totaling more than $3 Billion.  Creative Financial Designs is a Registered Investment Advisory Firm that is registered in all 50 states and does fee based money management and financial planning.  The RIA is responsible for managing over $1.5 Billion in assets and serves Investment Advisers and clients nationwide.  The two firms employ a total of 50 employees locally in Kokomo, IN.

    After graduating from Taylor High School, Brent pursued athletics and played four years of college baseball.  In his Senior Season, he was named MVP of Indiana Wesleyan University Baseball Team and was also named All-Conference.  Brent played 14 years of Semi-Pro Baseball for the Kokomo cfd Saints where he had more than 500 hits and was named to the Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame.  He wrapped up his playing career with 8 more seasons with the Kokomo cfd Saints Fastpitch softball team where the team had an 8 year record of 155 Wins against 19 Losses.  The Saints were Indiana State Champions or Runner-Up for all 8 of those seasons between 2003 to 2010.  In 2008, the team went 34 & 0 and won the ASA B Nationals in McAllen, Texas.  After his playing days, he became the Head Coach of the Taylor High School Baseball Team from 2011 – 2018.  During that time, his team had a combined record of 140 Wins and 89 Losses.  The Titans won back-to-back Hoosier Heartland Conference Titles in 2016 & 2017.  In Brent’s first year, the Titans went 27 & 5 and made it to the Final 4 in the IHSAA Tournament by winning the school’s 6th Baseball Sectional and its 4th Baseball Regional Title.  In 2015, the Titans made it to the Elite 8 and won the school’s 7th Baseball Sectional.Brent is the proud father of three Taylor graduates (Maria-2014, Lydia-2016, and Bailey-2018).  He and his wife Brandi reside in Taylor Township.  Brent’s relationship with Christ is paramount in how he attempts to live and conduct business.


    Brienne Rentz  2005

    Brie Rentz graduated from Taylor High School in 2005 with one goal - working in Indy car racing. She elected to attend the University of Indianapolis, the first college in the state to offer a Sports Marketing major. She went on to add a second major in Marketing in the event racing did not work out. During her sophomore and junior years of college, she completed three different internships with the 500 Festival. Prior to her senior year, she got her first opportunity in motorsports and became an intern for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. The internship was scheduled to run July-October 2008; Brie was hired full-time by the team in February 2009 - three months before she graduated Magna Cum Laude from UIndy.

    With DRR, she worked her way through client services, contract fulfillment, at-track entertainment, social media, and eventually, public relations. In December of 2014, she took on her first full-time role in public relations, signing on as Communications Director for what is now known as Ed Carpenter Racing. ECR competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series with two full-time entries. The team expanded to three cars for the 2018 Indy 500, winning the pole position and finishing second with Brie’s team owner, Ed Carpenter. In her current position, Brie serves as the primary media contact for ECR, produces all external communications, manages the team’s digital presence and coordinates driver schedules.

    Away from the track, Brie enjoys working on her house in Indianapolis, nature photography and hiking in the Cascade mountains. She cites successfully summiting Mount St. Helens in September of 2015 as one of her greatest accomplishments.


    Brent Renfro  1975

    Brent Renfro is a 1975 graduate of Taylor High School. He received his B.A. in Physics from Wabash College and his M.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Brent started his career at Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin as a
    graduate student in May 1979. He is now a Program Manager overseeing multiple research efforts by a staff of over 100 scientists, engineers, and technicians. Brent received the Jeffress Award for lifetime achievement in 2006. His research focus throughout his career has been on the operation, application, and performance of the Global Positioning System (GPS). An example is the establishment and sustainment of a
    worldwide GPS tracking network responsible for collecting over half the data the U.S. Air Force uses to control GPS. He is a member of the Institute of Navigation and a frequent presenter at conferences. 

    Brent’s interests include his family, his church, and music. Brent and his wife have twochildren: Bryce is a ranch manager, and Bethany is a professional make-up artist. Brent is a deacon at Hyde Park Baptist Church and sings with the choir.



    Trina Evans  1995

    Trina Evans is a Librarian at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. In the Library Journal’s 2018 Movers and Shakers issue which highlights the people shaping the future of libraries, she was named as an Innovator. This recognition was based on several factors such as the program planning of the national traveling exhibit Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, which focuses on STEM learning in libraries. She also spearheaded the special project at the Russiaville branch that combines nature and literacy to develop the first Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom in Indiana. She secured funding so that the library could purchase sewing machines and offer sewing programs. She also sought and acquired a prominent street art piece by the artist known as Banksy, making the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library the first library in the world to host such a piece by the notorious artist. She believes that public libraries have unlimited potential to have a positive impact on their communities and continues to work hard to provide opportunities that are free and available to the public.  She also serves on the CASA board of Howard County. She enjoys visiting National Parks and reading romance novels in her spare time.
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    db Richard Blazer 1969

    Richard is a farmer and has been an excavator for 45 years. He first started farming in his junior year of high school. At the age of 16 he bought his first tractor; he even drove his tractor to school. By his senior year of high school he was farming 400 acres. As a high school student at Taylor, Richard was an active member of the history club. After graduating Richard became enthusiastically involved as a member in the community. For 25 years has been an active member of the Chapel Hill Christin Church. For five years he has reached out to the youth in the community and even acted as a youth leader for the 7th and 8th grade high school boys.  Recently, Richard has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several associations, including the Indiana Onsite Wastewater Professional Associate (IOWPA), Indiana Environmental Health Association (IEHA), the Home Builders of Howard County, and the Indiana Home Builder Association.  As a member of the IOWPA, Richard served as President for two years. Apart of the IEHA he helped the Wastewater Committee to develop new septic rules that have been implemented throughout the state of Indiana. He has also served on the board of Indiana Governor’s septic task force. Richard is also a talented speaker and has spoken at several IOWPA and IEHA annual conferences.


    kaDavid Lasbury, M.D. 1985

    David is a staff anesthesiologist working at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He has an extensive and impressive educational background. As an undergraduate, David studied at Indiana University, IUPUI, and Cambridge University of England. David received his Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. David has not only worked as an Emergency Room Physician, Research Extern, and Medical Associate, he has held positions as an Associate Clinical Professor and as an Instructor of Rheumatology Core Curriculum of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has also served as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, a Charter Member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and a member of the American Medical Athletic Association. He has acted as a team member of “Operation Walk” doing hip and knee replacements for disabled individuals in Nicaragua and Guatemala.  David is a loyal family member and spends every day exploring the wonders of the world. As a father of three he loves to spend time with his family outdoors by hiking, fishing, and teaching his children about nature. With recent travels including an African Safari and summiting the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, David is enthusiastic about travel and adventure. David is a lover of food and enjoys trying different cuisine. David remains to be a high performing athlete. He has completed several marathons including two Ironman Triathlons. His most recent Ironman was completed on July 27, 2014. He continues to enjoy multiple sports including cycling, golf, racquetball, and tennis.


    dlKirk Amos 1987

    Kirk has served his country as part of the U.S Army. After years of distinguished service Kirk retired in 2013 as a Sergeant First Class for the U.S. Army. Upon graduating high school, Kirk enlisted in the United States Army as a private in 1987. Quickly, Kirk was recognized for achieving the maximum score on the mid cycle testing of basic skills and was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 11C (Indirect Fire Specialist/Mortar Man). Upon successful completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he was assigned to Eco Company 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry at Fort Stewart, GA. Kirk was then promoted to Private First class on January 1st 1988. Through his time in the army Kirk has served bravely for his country through many deployments including time in Panama, Korea, Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Upon leaving active duty Kirk returned to Indiana to be a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He has been recognized with several awards and recognitions including the Bronze Star Metal, Two Meritorious Service Medals, Four Army Commendation Medals, Five Army Achievement Medals, Seven Army Good Conduct Medals, Two National Defense Service Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. While part of the military Kirk was able to help improve the lives of others throughout the world. During his time in Africa, as part of a Civil Affairs team, he visited orphanages to line up contractors to help improve living situations. Kirk was awarded a Certification of Appreciation for his good will when he visited schools in Africa with donations of toys and clothes to pass out to the children. Kirk also helped a remote village in Africa with veterinary and agriculture aid. He was so beloved by the people of the village that they showered with him with gifts and whatever he would need in order to start a life in Africa. He promptly told them that his current wife, Melissa, would probably not like that idea-which they accepted with great laughs. Kirk continued to improve the world through his work in the Middle East as well. In Afghanistan he helped assess schools to gain monetary aid from government agencies to improve and rebuild schools after terrorist attacks. Through his work in the U.S and overseas Kirk has brought hope and mentorship to many people. 

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    tgTony Gabriel  1972'

    Tony coached Basketball for 14 years at Taylor. Tony passed away in December of 2007. Tony was a tremendous athlete but more importantly a great man. Tony was a great teacher and mentored and created lasting relationship with the kids he coached. Young people were very important to him; Tony established two scholarships of $5000.00 to be awarded to two Taylor student athletes each year. Tony would always remind everyone it was a “Great day to be Alive” You see GDTBA on t-shirts and on the High School gym floor! Tony exemplified what we at Taylor are trying to get across to our students! Tony played basketball and baseball at Polk Community College in Florida and Sterling College in Kansas. He received state titles in Racquetball in 1982, 1988, 1991 and also won 4 state double championships. He also won the Open Midwest Regional twice. Tony was inducted into the state associations’ Hall of Fame in 1996. He was also inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.


    ddDoug David 1975

    Doug graduated from Indiana University/Herron School of Art in 1979 with a BFA in Visual Communication/Honors Graduate. Doug owns his own studio, Douglas David fine Art, Indianapolis. He designed the 2003 – 2008 Indiana State License Plates. Doug was selected to produce 22 framed paintings for Gov. Daniels trade mission to present as gifts to Japan and Korea and was presented the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Gov. Daniels in 2006. He received Artist in Residence Award from Glen Arbor Art Assoc., The Studios of Key West. The Arts Council of Indianapolis/Lilly Endowment Award 2007-08. Individual Artist Program Grant, Indiana Arts commission 2000, 02, 04. Penrod Arts Fair Mayor’s Award/best of Show, Indianapolis, IN 2010.TERA/Teaching Excellence Award, Herron school of Art/Indiana University. He has taught at the Art Sanctuary, Martinsville, IN 2010-11; Crystal Lake Art center, Frankfort, MI; Glen Arbor art Assoc., Glen Arbor, MI; Longboat Key Center for the Arts/Ringling School of art, Sarasota, FL; the Studios of Key west, Key West, FL; Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL; and The von Liebig Art center, Naples, FL.


    jfGunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Fouch  1985

    Jeff enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1989. He was assigned to the Warriors of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167. Serving as an Aviation electrician and door gunner for the Huey and Cobra helicopters.  In 1991 Jeff was deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Storms Cease Fire Campaign. After returning in 1992 he was deployed to the Adriatic Sea to participate in Operations Deny flight, Sharp Guard, and Support Democracy to provide peace keeping and support for U.N. forces in the cities of former Yugoslavia. In 1994 he was attached to special Marine Forces Amphibious Group for Uphold Democracy in Haiti and then returned to the Adriatic Sea in November of 1994 working with NATO and U.N. for operations Deny Flight, and Support of U.N. troops to Provide Force in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1995 he graduated from Weapons Tactics and Instructions and was certified as an Arial Door Gunner Instructor. He also graduated from Advanced Aviation weapons and Electronics course and certified as an instructor where he taught junior Marines and Sailors aviation electronics. He then returned to H.M.L.A. 167 Warriors and completed 3 successful tours of duty to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Serving as a UH-1N Helicopter Door Gunner and Arial Observer, he earned his Arial Combat Wings and was awarded the Air Medal for flying combat sorties in the Anbar Province theater of Iraq


    gcGary Cook  1997

    Gary played football, Basketball, wrestling, and track and field in high school. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at ball State University in 2002 and started his career at the Howard County Sheriff’s Department as a correction officer. In 2007 he became a Howard County Sheriff Deputy. Gary is also acting liaison officer for Taylor Community Schools .Gary is a local hometown hero, in 2010 he put his life on the line to protect the town of center when an active gunman was shooting from his house. Gary did not know where the shooter was but risked his life to save a man wounded from the gunman. Gary puts his life at risk every day to protect our community and is active with helping and mentoring students at Taylor.

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    Jeff Fisher 1975

    Jeff has taught at Taylor Community Schools for 20 years. He has also coached for 20 years which included 4 sectionals and 1 regional. He was voted by his peers and received the 2009 Certified Employee of the Year for Taylor Community Schools. Jeff was awarded the 2004 Golden Apple Award for teacher excellence. He has contributed so much of his heart and soul to Taylor. Throughout his career at Taylor, he has shown his integrity, professionalism, and compassion with staff, students and athletes. His commitment and dedication is evident in all he does.






    KMKim Moore 1984

    Kim is a Special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. She works with White Collar Criminal Matters, Auto and Cargo Theft Matters, Narcotics Trafficking Matters, International and Domestic Terrorism Matters, Bank Robbery Matters and completed undercover assignments. Kim is the FIT Coordinator for the Memphis office and administers the Physical Fitness Test to all Special Agent applicants to determine if they qualify to go onto Quantico, VA for training. Kim received the Outstanding Service Award from the United States Department of Justice and Letter of Commendation from the FBI. She has also served as a Relief Supervisor for 18 years. She has worked the majority of her career in Memphis, Tennessee and also served temporary duties in Washington D.C. and Quantico, VA.




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    Anita Wooldridge 1995

    Anita co-authored the book "8 Days in Darkness" with Angela Roegner to help other sexual abuse victims. She endured eight days of captivity by a convicted rapist and lived to tell her story and help others. She spoke at the FBI academy in Quantico, FBI Citizens Academy in Indianapolis, Kokomo Police Department Citizens Academy, Ball State, Butler and numerous Church groups and clubs. She is a member of the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board. Anita is an EMT-B volunteer with the Taylor Fire Department and is enrolled at Ivy Tech working on her degree in Phlebotomy. Anita would like to serve our community and help others with their medical needs upon her graduation.
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    Robert Tolan  1979

    Robert W. Tolan, Jr. M.D., FAAP, FIDSA is Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital  at St. Peter’s University Hospital, new Brunswick, new Jersey and Clinical Associate Professor of pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases. He serves on the editorial board of the Academy’s new PREP-ID program, authoring questions and critiques for that online continuing medical education program designed to prepare Infectious Diseases subspecialists for recertification .He is also a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the Pediatric Infectious Society, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,  and Physicians for social Responsibility.  




    Gary Knotts  1980

    Gary has a PhD in Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, 1998. An MBA, Management Information Systems, University of Arizonia, 1992. MSA, General Administration, Central Michigan University, 1988. BS, Human Factors Engineering, Wright State University, 1986.He is an Independent Technical Consultant in Tucson, AZ. His projects include the design and implementation of databases and database-enabled Internet/ intranet systems for event scheduling, inventory management, project management, contact management, and others.  Gary also teaches numerous database courses. MySQL database administration, Oracle database administration/certification, SQL server database administration, SQL language, the PL/SQL language, and relational database design.



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    Daniel Martin  1994

    Daniel A. Martin, MD, Nuclear Radiology, Indiana University, School of Medicine. Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland  AFB, Texas. Resident, General Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN. Doctorate of Medicine, BS, Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, In. He was a Flight Surgeon for the 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, OK. Primary care and aerospace-specific medical care for flying personnel and their families. He is a member of the American Board of radiology, American College of radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Nuclear Medicine. He also received the 2010 RSNA Roentgen resident/Fellow Research Award. The 2005 552nd Air Control Wing Flight Surgeon of the Year and the 2005 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron Flight Surgeon of the Year.

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    Beth A. Brooke 1977

    Beth is a global vice chair of public policy, sustainability and stakeholder engagement at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm’s global management group and its Americas executive board. She has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 140 countries. She has been named to the Forbes Magazine “100 Most Powerful Women” list three years in a row. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and was national director of tax advisory services in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Purdue University, where she played basketball. She is a public accountant and a fellow in the Life Management Institute. She serves on the boards of the Committee for Economic development, the Atlantic Council of the United States, the Partnership for Public Services, Technoserve, the national Women’s Law Center and the White house Project, among other leadership positions. She lives in Washington, D.C.

    Sam McDaniel 2000

    Sam is an EOD Technician in the United States Marine Corp. he is a staff sergeant and stationed in Jacksonville, NC. His deployments include Korea 2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom I 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom II 2004/2005, Operation Freedom V 2006, Operation Enduring Freedom 2008 (Afghanistan), and Operation Enduring Freedom 2009 (Afghanistan). He has received many Combat awards including, Navy/Marines corps commendation medal with V for valor, Combat Action Ribbon X2, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal with star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Navy Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Award, Presidential Unit Citation, and Sea Service Deployment ribbon with 3 stars, Nato Medal (Afghanistan). Sam and his team dismantle the improvised devices set out by the Taliban and other terrorist groups both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been instrumental in saving countless Military lives by his services.

    Doug Tate    1985

    Doug is Howard County Superior Court 3 judge. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1989with a degree in history, and graduated from the Indiana University Law School in Indianapolis in 1992. He was a partner with the Davis, Murell and Tate law firm and was the deputy prosecuting attorney assigned to the Howard County Drug Force. He was elected judge of Howard Superior Court 3 in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. He was Howard County Republican Party chairman from 1998 – 2002. He is also a member of the Howard County Community Corrections Advisory Board and the Family YMCA board of directors. He is a past member of the board of directors and executive committee of the United Way of Howard County, the Grissom Air force Reserve Base Community Council and the Howard County American Cancer Society board of directors.

    John D. Whitaker    1994

    John is co-founder and chief scientist of Modumetal Inc. in Seattle, WA. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of Washington. At Modumetal Inc., he is responsible for internal research and development and long-term technology strategy. He is leading development efforts for high-temperature materials for use in advanced propulsion and power generation systems. His hope is that Modumetal will replace steel, and enable incredibly safe yet fuel-efficient automobiles.  He also served as Technical director, project manager and project engineer for Isotron Corp. His graduate research at U.W. resulted in a desktop printer capable of producing high resolution metal micropatterns using electrodeposition. The process was titled “Electrochemical Printing”, garnered several awards at professional conferences, and is presently patent-pending as well as several other patents. John is also Associate Affiliate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington.

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Practice Edit 1 (District)

This is a practice edit exercise for those learning how to edit web pages.  You can use the tools above much like you use the standard Microsoft Office toolbar.  You can highlight words to boldface, italicize, change font color, and add highlighter.  Many of the keyboard shortcuts you use in Word will work on this editor, too!

If you are more advanced you might try the following:
creating a numbered list
creating a bulleted list
using find and replace
adding a web link
adding a table
checking your spelling

If you are really looking for a challenge you might try to figure out how to add an image!  (But, we will be covering it later!)

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Practice Edit 2 (District)

This is a practice edit exercise for those learning how to edit web pages.  You can use the tools above much like you use the standard Microsoft Office toolbar.  You can highlight words to boldface, italicize, change font color, and add highlighter.  Many of the keyboard shortcuts you use in Word will work on this editor, too!

If you are more advanced you might try the following:
creating a numbered list
creating a bulleted list
using find and replace
adding a web link
adding a table
checking your spelling

If you are really looking for a challenge you might try to figure out how to add an image!  (But, we will be covering it later!)

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Practice Edit 3 (District)

This is a practice edit exercise for those learning how to edit web pages.  You can use the tools above much like you use the standard Microsoft Office toolbar.  You can highlight words to boldface, italicize, change font color, and add highlighter.  Many of the keyboard shortcuts you use in Word will work on this editor, too!

If you are more advanced you might try the following:
creating a numbered list
creating a bulleted list
using find and replace
adding a web link
adding a table
checking your spelling

If you are really looking for a challenge you might try to figure out how to add an image!  (But, we will be covering it later!)

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