Education & Social Sciences

Education - Student Success


  • Brian Kautz '15 is the 2014 National Major of the Year of the American Alliance of for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and also AAHPERD’s 2014 Presidential Scholarship winner.
  • Grant Newlin '15 is a health and physical education teaching major and is a starting guard on the Spartan men’s basketball team. He is a member of the Council of Future Professionals for the Indiana chapter of AAHPERD. Grant worked side-by-side with Dr. Kim Duchane to present Family Feud for Health at the Indiana AAHPERD Conference.
  • Leslie Bailey '13 served as an educational outreach specialist with the Women's Bureau of Fort Wayne and is now an admissions counselor for MU.
  • Luke Bentley '13 serves as the primary physical educator for Patagonia Union High School in Patagonia Ariz. Luke works with a diverse population and serves as an inspiration for his students, many of whom are considered at-risk, to stay in school and find their own success.
  • Matthew Carver '13 is an assistant at Jefferson Elementary in Warsaw Ind. His background in adapted physical instruction taught him to work in both special education classrooms and physical education settings. The hands-on experience and critical thinking skills he learned at Manchester gave him the tools and confidence that make him an exceptional resource to his school and invaluable to his students.
  • Jordan Kinn '13 teaches fourth grade at Bourbon (Ind.) Elementary School. Her high-ability students and fourth-graders love working with her and she's thrilled to be the first face they see every morning.
  • Adam Marlatt '13 teaches sixth-grade readers at Lafontaine (Ind.) Elementary School. A passionate advocate for struggling students, Adam has served as the Indiana Student Education Association president and continues to work across the state for teacher and student rights.
  • Ashley Piatt '13 is working through AmeriCorps VISTA in northern Vermont, helping struggling youth through educational outreach and community support.
  • Tony Smith '13 is an outstanding educator at Wawasee Middle School in Syracuse, Ind. His students love his excitement for sports and ability to jump right in and play with them on the court or field.
  • Kyle Grubbs '12, a Spanish major and TESOL minor, was a teacher's aide for two third-grade classes before becoming an admissions counselor at MU.
  • Ali Hagen '12 majored in Spanish and minored in TESOL before teaching English as a Second Language in Hsinchu, Taiwan. She then joined International SOS, a medical and security assistance company, as an international operations coordinator.
  • Cliff Hannon '12 fuses technology and writing into his social studies classes at East Noble Middle School in northern Indiana, where he also helps coach football.
  • Sarah Plew '12 majored in French and English, minored in TESOL, and spent the spring of 2010 in Strasbourg, France. After graduation, she worked for a nonprofit in Fort Wayne doing educational programming and writing. In September 2013, she returned to France where she teaches English through the Teaching Assistant Program In France (TAPIF).
  • Erin Shay '12, a teacher at Harold C. Urey Middle School, Walkerton, Ind., has been chosen to lead the School Improvement Plan writing assessment goal. When her principal saw what she was doing with her students and that her scores were through the roof, he asked Erin to teach her system to the entire faculty. 
  • Stephanie Green '11, general music and choir at West Side Middle School in Elkhart, IN.  This past year, Stephanie’s women’s choir received a gold rating at the ISSMA contest, moving themselves from singing in unison at the winter contest to singing two part harmony with confidence.
  • Melanie DeGrandchamp '10 teaches health and physical education at North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she also coaches girls’ basketball. Melanie was the 2009 National Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education Student of the Year by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).