2018 Teacher Hall of Fame

Diane Lange 1970-2011
English & World Culture

Diane was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1967 where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Girls’ Club Secretary and French Club Secretary. In 1969 she married John Lange, moved to Crown Point and attended Indiana University. She completed her coursework in three years earning a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and minor in French. Her student teaching at Taft Junior High led her to begin a full time teaching position the following semester. She remained at Taft from 1970 until 1978. During her tenure at Taft, she sponsored several school plays and served as activities director. She completed her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Valparaiso University in 1975.

John and Diane became the proud adoptive parents’ of a beautiful baby born in February of 1978 and she resigned to become a stay-at-home mom. However, she returned to teaching the following semester on a part time basis traveling between Taft and Crown Point High School. Crown Point Community School Corporation provided many professional development opportunities to participate in gifted and talented education. She truly loved freshmen and the opportunity to give them a nurturing learning environment. She partnered with Denise Vance to develop a course entitled “World Cultures” for freshmen and a peer resource course to provide academic assistance. Diane also sponsored SADD and Operation Snowball. She worked Saturday school intervention and was a member of the Crown Point High School crisis team. She remained at Crown Point High School for 28 years.

Diane’s family enjoyed camping and fishing. Perennial flower gardening filled her summers. Diane’s husband passed away in 2007.

Eventually Diane had the opportunity to shape the Alternative Achievement center. AAC was an off-site educational program for students who needed a non-traditional path to graduation. Serving the students at AAC for 12 years was the most rewarding endeavor of her career. After 40 years in the Crown Point schools, she retired in 2011 with a heart full of cherished memories of her students and colleagues.

Peg S. White-Shaffer
1977-2014
Music Director

Peg was born in South Bend, in 1951. She grew up in Osceola and graduated from Penn High School in 1970. While in high school, she was a member of the marching, prep, jazz band, and was selected for the Indian All State band. She attended Indiana State University on a music scholarship and attained her bachelor’s in 1974, master’s in 1976 and guidance degree from Pudue in 2003.

While at ISU, Peg was a member of the Marching Sycamores, Jazz band, symphonic band, and taught private lessons for area students. After graduation, Peg taught percussion lessons in Waco, and Belton, Texas. The summer of 1977, Peg was hired in Crown Point, where her assignment was band and general music at Taft Junior High and traveled to assist with the high school bands. The fall of 1986, Peg transferred from Taft to CPHS. At the high school, Peg directed the three concert bands, jazz band, pep band, marching band, and assisted with the orchestra. Under her leadership, the bands received consistent superior  ratings from the Indiana State School Music Association and national recognition at the Peach Bowl, Outback Bowl, and Gator Bowl. The fall of 2004, Peg transferred to the CPHS guidance department and enjoyed her time there until her retirement in 2014.

After retiring, Peg continues to help with percussion sectionals at CPHS and Hebron, plays with the Hobart Community Band, Midwest Big Band and gigs with the Calumet Band.

Brad Smith
1978-1996
Math, Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Football Coach, and
Athletic Director

Brad was born in Tampa, Florida; in 1951 he was raised in Portage Indiana, and graduated from Portage High School in 1969, earning three letters in both football and baseball, finishing third in his class of 411. He knew then that he wanted to teach math and coach football. Brad received his B.S. degree in math from Valparaiso University.

Brad was a math teacher and assistant football coach at Portage from 1973-1977; he also was defensive coordinator of the 1977 3A State Champs. Brad was named the head football coach at CPHS in 1978 and held that position for sixteen years. He taught Advanced Algebra, Algebra, and Basic Math. During his tenure at CPHS, Brad was the assistant coach of the North All-Stars in 1985 and head North All-Stars Coach in 1988. Brad also served as assistant athletic director from 1989-1992 and athletic director from 1994-1996. Brad then moved to Highland, where he was head football coach and assistant athletic director at Highland High School from 1996-2001; he served as athletic director from 2001-2003. Brad became supervisor of student teachers at Purdue University in 2009 and 2010, which earned him the “Outstanding Supervisor of Student Teachers” award by the Association of Teacher Education in Indiana. Brad finished his career in the classroom at Fountain Central High School teaching Advanced Algebra.

Brad was inspired to develop the Academic All-State Award in Indiana high school football. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the “Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football” award. He was a founder and executive director of the Indiana Youth Football Skills Academy, which provided proper instruction to hundreds of elementary players.

Brad’s older daughter, Jennifer, who is a teacher in IPS, lives in Brownsburg with her husband Corey Back and sons Monty and Miles. His younger daughter Karen is a nurse at Regional Hospital, lives in Terre Haute with her husband Derek Hescher (a CPHS grad); son Ryan and daughter Anna. Allison, Anna’s twin sister, passed away in 2014. Both of Brad’s daughters are proud graduates of CPHS.

Wallace Webb
1955-1994
Industrial Education,
Physical Education,
Drivers Education, Health, and Guidance Counselor

Wally was born in southern Illinois in November 1932, the youngest of four brothers. He lived on a small farm until the age of eight when his parents moved to Hammond. After attending Lincoln Grade School, Clark Junior High School, and Hammond Tech High school, he moved to Lowell and graduated in 1951 from Lowell High School. During his junior and senior year Wally was a conference champion high hurdler. In 1955 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Industrial Education and Health Education from Ball State University. At Indiana State in 1963 he received his Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling.

His first job was teaching Industrial Education at Gary Edison High School. Classes taught during his 39 year career include electricity, electronics, shop math, science, wood shop, sheet metal, welding, physical education, and drivers’ education. He also taught health education at Gary Emerson Adult Education. His last ten years in education he was a Guidance Counselor at Crown Point High School.

In 1954 he married Jackie Moyer, a 1952 graduate of Crown Point High School. Their two sons, Thomas and Ronald, both graduated from Crown Point High School.

 

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