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Harrison teacher earns state recognition

Harrison High School math teacher, Doug Klumpe, has been named the most influential teacher in the state by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 5:32 PM

TIPPECANOE Co., Ind. (WLFI) -- A Harrison High School math teacher has been named one of the two Marian University Academy for Teaching & Learning Leadership Award Winners by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP).

Doug Klumpe was nominated by graduating senior Jonathan Hillery for the award.

Klumpe is a math teacher and coach of the Harrison High School robotics team.

He was presented the award at a luncheon on April 27.

Klumpe did not take all the credit though.. he said the other teachers also helped influence the students.

"This is a fabulous recognition, but it recognizes also other teachers that have prepared kids that have had them before me. I just get them toward the end of their careers."

Jonathan Hillery, who was named an Indiana Academic All-Star by IASP, named Klumpe as his influential teacher.

Hillery had Klumpe as a teacher or robotics coach each year in high school.

He said Klumpe is a major reason he is going to study computer science in college next fall at the University of California, Berkeley.

"It feels really good knowing that I can thank him in some way for all that he's done for me," said Hillery.

Klumpe has been a teacher in Tippecanoe County for 32 years. He has also received a Golden Apple award and a Crystal Apple award.

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