Education has become more engaging and activity-based since Fowler was in school. "There's more effort to reach all students and engage them at all levels," he says.
   One of Fowler's most satisfying teaching experiences came when he created math-related video lessons to help a struggling student in an honors chemistry course. "The video lessons helped her and she's back to a B-level," he says proudly.
   A similar story comes from Robert Hynes (CE, 1975), who discovered the AmeriCorps program after retiring as a manager for a northwest Indiana steel


company. He had been searching for a meaningful way to help students improve their math skills.
   "I was doing substitute teaching, but realized I could contribute more if I could work one on one with students," Hynes told The Munster Times. He now reports to a middle school every day for a full schedule of tutoring sessions with seventhand eighth-grade students.
   "When they begin to understand and that 'light-bulb moment' comes-that's when I know what I'm doing is valuable," he says.
   Another alumnus, Mark Ware (ME, 2000; MSBE, 2003) spent six years as a teacher for an inner-city Houston high school after completing the two-year Teach for America program. The program helps successful professionals train to become teachers at urban and rural public schools with low-income students.

During his 28-year career as an engineer and manager, Rose-Hulman Mike Fowler (CE, 1983) found the experiences he enjoyed most were those opportunities he had to mentor young engineers and scientists. So, he took early retirement from Indianapolis' Vertellus Specialties Inc. last year to begin a second career as a science teacher 
through the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program. It prepares future teachers to work in Indiana's high-need schools.
   "For me, it was quite a leap," Fowler says about moving from engineering to teaching. He earned his master's degree in education this spring from the University of Indianapolis. 

   "I had always been exposed to great education in high school and then at Rose-Hulman. I knew the qualities that went into being a good teacher," says Ware. He later pursued an MBA at Rice University and is now using his technical and presentation skills as the operational benchmark coordinator at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.
   "I greatly enjoyed my work in solving educational problems, and I continue to look forward to solving new problems in the healthcare industry," states Ware.
   Bryce W. Clark (ME, 2002) taught advanced-level physics in Tanzania, Africa, through the Peace Corps. "My Rose-Hulman professors helped me see that there was more to engineering than just math and science, and there were more options available than traditional engineering professions," he says.
   Later, as a Peace Corps Volunteer Fellow, Clark earned a nursing degree in 2006 from Johns Hopkins University and now works with a New York City outpatient clinic for people living with HIV. He is working on a master's degree in public administration at New York University.
   Bryce's brother, Chester (ME, 2005), was stationed in Namibia, Africa, teaching math and science as part of the Peace Corps from 2005 through 2007. He became interested in the program after listening to others' experiences, and states he learned as much as his students.
   "My students had a great willingness to learn," he says. Chester is now working on his master's in education at the University of Arizona as a Peace Corps Fellow.
   These alumni are proving that a passion for learning can be even more fulfilling when it is shared. Page Square