by Terry DeMaegd, '68
Emily K. "Miss Emmy" Davidson: by Frank Cackowski, '61
by Marilou Karst Gilman, '68
by Randi Sue Baker, '68
by Alice Marie Beard, '68
by Frank Cackowski, '61
(Bingham): by Mary Rhoade Spratt, '68
Earl Stine: by
Judy Greenlee, '68
by Alan Stafford, '68
by Michael S. Bell, MHS student 1961-62
from the South Bend Tribune
Notes of Praise for MHS Teachers:
|from Robert Steele (rsteele AT pike.k12.in.us) (Class of '70)
Mar 3, 2005
After finding this site, I felt compelled to
write something about two of the main teachers I
had while in the Mishawaka system. First, Mr.
Robert Ernst, Main Junior High. If I had
to pick one teacher that made a difference in my
life, it was Mr. Ernst. Science had always been
an interest for me, but his teaching and caring
gave me a reality check that I will NEVER forget.
When I was at the Hoosier Science Teacher's
Convention a few years ago, I sat down next to
someone who hadn't changed since High School;
that was Mr. Braunsdorf. He
awakened in me an interest in math and science
that led me through 3 college degrees and into my
present position as the Director of the Academy
of Science and Engineering in Indianapolis. It
was quite interesting sitting next to him now as
a colleague, a fellow physics teacher. He was
exactly as I remembered him. I wonder how much
like him I am today; that would not be a bad
|from Jody Simmons (Class of '87)
Jan 29, 2005
My list of favorite teachers (In no particular
1.) Mr.David Robertson - Just a
wonderful person. ... I still have some flags I
"borrowed" from him.
2.) Mr. Manuzak - Wow! what a
teacher this guy is! Not to mention the person.
3.) Mr. Al Smith - enough said!
4.) Well, not a teacher...but the
custodian Kenny! He gets a hi-5!
5.) Mr. Jerry Shaw... great Auto
shop teacher! Not to mention his after school
activities "buzzing" around him.
6.) Mrs. Willa Cunningham ...
boy she was tough! Didn't like the class at the
time, BUT later in life I realized how good she
7.) Mr. Tom May .....
Hmmm....yeah, he gets a hi-5
8.) Mr. Tom Urbanski .... great
9.) Anita Nash..... she was
tough...but I liked her.
10.) #1 of all time!!!....a teacher, a counselor,
a coach, a father, ....a "GOD" to me...
Mr. MARVIN WOOD .... What can
you say about this guy! Man I give him two HI
-5's!!! What a direction in life this guy gave
me...thanks, Marv! Rest In Peace
|from Dennis Ward (Class of '72)
Aug 7, 2004
Favorite teachers 1968 to 1972:
1. Mary Hess -- so special to
our family that my sister and I had her inducted
on the MHS Wall of Fame.
2. Marvin Wood -- Other than my
father, Mr. Wood was the adult male who had the
biggest influence on me as I was growing up.
3. Bruce Chamberlain -- I gained
tremendous confidence from his Speech and Debate
4. Ward Baker -- Reiterating
what others have said about him.
5. Suzanne Kamm -- She actually
made freshman English enjoyable and meaningful.
She was also a plain old nice lady.
6. Thelma Martin -- Demanding
and challenging, just what seniors who knew it
7. Bill Phillips -- Great
geometry and biology teacher, but perhaps my
memories are skewed by the situation -- summer
school biology class in 1969: me, Mr. Phillips,
the boy who sat behind me, and 22 girls!
Cheryl Shutes (Class of '63)
Sep 30, 2002
Mr. Badre (History), who thought enough
of me to tutor me after school.
Miss Koch (Music, Music, and
MORE Music!), what great love she had for the
subject and wanted to pass that love to us!
Mary Nicholson (Sewing--Home
Nursing): I wonder if I should apologize for the
"cutting up" I did in her classes? What
fun we had coming in at 8:00 with our hair in
those great big rollers 'cause we had just left
the "Y" and swim class!
Miss "Emmy" (Davidson):
Senior English, but especially the school plays!
Mary Lou Houston (Class of '52)
Apr 26, 2002
MHS had the greatest of all teachers. One of my
favorites was Ruth Foulke, who
we kept in contact with until her death in 1992
in her retirement home in Richmond, IN. Also Darl
Wood, for whom I did clerical work in my
junior and senior years and spent many years with
following, with him and his wife. Spent time with
both of them in nursing home until their passing.
Two great people and we are glad they were able
to see our two children growing up. Husband,
Class of '52 also, thought the world of Frank
Firmani. So many more that we could
mention - we will never see any more like them!
Donald Dinius (Class of '51)
Jan 20, 2002
Favorite Teachers from 1947 to 1951:
Ken Armel: Print Shop (always
Roy Broman: Math (well prepared)
Dorthy Green: US History
Ruby Perkins: US Goverment
Helen Stoddart: English
Darl Wood: Science (do it my
Russal Myers: Principal (ran the
school like his ship)
Frank Chapman: Dean of Boys
(always very encouraging)
James Gannon (Class of '82)
Mar 7, 2001
I was always a big fan of Mr. Robertson
and his International Relations class.
Mark Firmani (Class of '81)
Dec 16, 2000
I would add Betty Favorite to
hall-of-fame all-star list. We did not know it at
the time, but she was pushing us well beyond what
was expected of a typical high-school English
student. When I went on to college, I was able to
test out of four freshman- and sophomore-level
classes, thanks to her. She also did a great job
of instilling what has become a life-long love of
literature (please excuse the alliteration). It
became obvious to me that two types of teachers
(and administrators) existed at MHS: those who
were there for the twice-monthly paycheck and
those who had a true love for teaching. Betty
Favorite falls squarely in that second group. To
this day, I still have my copy of Warner's
Handbook, a grammar and style guide she gave us
before graduation. If I were wearing a hat, I
would take it off in her honor.
(Class of '78)
Jun 29, 2000
It is hard to decide on one favorite teacher. I
thought Mr. Long, the high
school choir director, was my favorite, but I
have a whole lot of favorites myself.
Mrs. Favorite and Miss
Hess were a couple of mine because they
really seemed to enjoy what they taught and I
enjoyed the classes too -- Latin and Literature.
I liked Mr. Blue because he
always had a joke for us each morning and also
seemed to enjoy teaching government, another
favorite class of mine. Mr. Bottorff
seemed to be down to earth and caring as well as
being interested in the social interactions of
others. (Tied in with the subject of sociology
which I took from him.)
I liked Mr. Schroer as a
homeroom teacher because he would always pick a
topic and ask the class what our opinions were on
Edward Fleming (Class of '60)
Jun 24, 2000
Terri Martin certainly did tell it like
it was -- and to a 23-year-old 3rd-year teacher
(beginning in Fall of '66) she was a God-send.
All the salty but absolutely correct advice and
direction she gave me.
|from Alice Marie Beard (Class of '68)
Jun 15, 2000
I'd include, among others, Thelma Martin
and her senior English class taught at an Ivy
League school level; Ken Armel and
his jokes by number as he taught that printing is
an art and a craft worthy of the mind of Ben
Franklin; Mildred Harden who ate
lunch at her desk every lunch hour, on duty to
help any student needing help with math; Ward
Baker and his massive knowledge of
history; Merle Blue and his
doughnuts to explain supply and demand; Charlie
Karst and his perserverence to teach
even those who wanted to give up; Miss
Mary Hess, because every student
deserves the experience of a "Good Witch of
the North" once in a lifetime! (Remember? "Are
you a good witch, or a bad witch?" ... And
Glinda stood before Dorothy sparkling and said,
"I'm a good witch," and the Munchkins
teetered in the background.)