3 Culver residents retire from Academies faculty/staff

Culver residents representing nearly 60 years of educational experience with Culver Academies retired at the close of the 2011-12 school year, earning the designation as faculty/staff emeritus.
Retiring from the Math Department after 26 years was Dan Baughman, while math colleague Shelley Oberwetter retired after 11 years of service. Deborah Foley retired as a teaching associate with Huffington Library after 22 years.

Also retiring was Steve Winet of South Bend, a science instructor since 1977 and department head from 1989-2006.

A member of the Academies mathematics faculty since 1986, Baughman taught every course from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus and has been actively involved with ongoing curriculum development. He also sponsored the Academies’ participation in the American Mathematics Competition and Indiana Math League. During the spring and fall athletic seasons Baughman served on the safety boat patrol for the crew program and was a sponsor of the Scuba Club.

Baughman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Western Michigan University. He previously taught three years at Kubasaki High school in Okinawa, Japan, with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) system.

Oberwetter joined the Mathematics Department in 2001. She has been primarily involved in Geometry and Honors Geometry. Schoolwide, Oberwetter has been involved on the ISACS self-study team and the Math Triennial Review Committee.

She has always possessed the heart of a math teacher in terms of her love for research, analysis, and application. After earning a bachelor’s degree in American Studies/Anthropology from Barnard College, she worked on research out of the American Museum of Natural History. She earned a master’s degree in epidemiology and public health at the Yale School of Medicine and participated in medical policy analysis and clinical outcomes research. Previously, she taught mathematics at Rumsey Hall School for 18 years. Her husband, John, taught ninth-grade Humanities at the Academies before his retirement in 2010.

Foley has a history with the community and with the Academies that reaches back to the late 1960s when her family relocated to Culver. In 1979-80, she served as a CGA counselor and also worked in Summer School Admissions.

Having taught in Maryland and Germany, Foley joined the staff of the Huffington Library in 1990 and has been team teaching the Information Literacy class with Linda Browne since 1996. She has a keen interest in educational technology and has been an active member of the Technology Integrators group. Foley has sponsored the Culver Quilting Circle since 2001. She is a member of the Culver Pipes and Drums band and Culver Living History Club. In the community, she has coordinated the Food Cooperative at Earthworks, been a Culver LakeFest volunteer, and taught piano for several years.

Foley and her husband have one son, a 1994 CMA alumnus.