Matthew Bowman, student teacher for Mr. Fassel's eighth-grade social studies classes, is finishing his time at East Tipp. After graduating from McCutcheon in 2007, Mr. Bowman joined the Marine Corps on his way to duty in Georgia, North Carolina, and Afghanistan. In early 2011, he stepped on an IED and lost both legs above the knee. In the course of doing physical therapy in Washington, DC, Mr. Bowman realized that living among so much history had awakened in him a passion for teaching that history to others. That realization took him to Ivy Tech, Purdue, and now, East Tipp Middle School.
Mr. Fassel says, "It's been a pleasure to have him in the classroom. He has a such a vast knowledge and experience of the military; it has been interesting to hear how he intertwines that with the material that he teaches. It's been fun having him around."