Manchester Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 41

MU| N o t e s Profile Craig Hopple ’91 MU alumni lead Plymouth schools A dministrators at Plymouth Community Schools might want to consider starting their own alumni group chapter. Proudly holding their alma mater’s flag are (from left) Dan Tyree ’76, superintendent until his retirement on July 1; Kyle Coffman ’07, assistant principal at Plymouth High School; Craig Hopple ’91, assistant principal at Lincoln Junior High School; Steven Boyer ’06, principal at Menominee Elementary School; and Andy Hartley ’00, who had been assistant superintendent before succeeding Tyree as superintendent this summer. “I had a great experience at Manchester as a student,” says Hopple, whose daughter Hanna is a first-year elementary education major. “I enjoyed everything that Manchester had to offer.” Hopple says, as a parent, it’s bittersweet to send a child to college but “I hope she has the same wonderful experience that I had when I attended.” Hopple started his career teaching sixth grade in Culver and has extensive coaching experience, too. “I chose to enter administration so that I could have a greater impact on more students on a daily basis,” he said. In Plymouth, a big part of that is building relationships to strengthen a sense of community. “Rain or shine, I greet all students who are dropped off, walk or ride their bikes,” says Hopple. “I want to be the first impression that a student has of our school.” Manchester, he added, does an excellent job of preparing students for careers as educators, “from global opportunities, structured curriculum, hands-on experiences, and the most up-to-date strategies used in education. I also appreciated how Manchester scheduled you right into the classrooms that first semester of school. It allowed me to gain hands-on experience right from the start. Also, professors shared a variety of strategies for the classroom that enabled me to be an effective educator.” This summer, Hopple brought Hanna for orientation, returning to the familiar campus where memories of playing tennis, eating with his friends and watching air band contests flooded back to him. “I hope that she will build friendships that will last a lifetime,” he says. “I also hope she will appreciate the liberal arts education that Manchester offers, and that Manchester will provide her with the tools to become an effective teacher.” And if Hanna ever plants her MU flag in Plymouth that would be OK, too. By Zoe Vorndran ’19 and Melinda Lantz ’81 Manchester | 41