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DeRuntz Selected as Top 25 Finalist in 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year Program - 7/21

Robert DeRuntz, Chesterton High School Social Studies teacher, has been selected as a 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year (INTOY) Top 25 Finalist.

In the Spring of 2020, Robert was selected as a DSC Secondary Teacher of the Year, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, the state delayed its INTOY recognition program. This year, school corporations were encouraged to submit their winners from the past two years into the state's nomination pool.

Robert has been teaching for Duneland Schools since 1995.

Bob studied European History and Law abroad in the Netherlands in 1992. In 1995, he received his Bachelor's degree in Education, History from Ball State University and a Master's degree in History in 2003 from Purdue University.

His accomplishments include an Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship in 2001 and 2014 and being selected as a 5% Club Honored Educator numerous times. For the past 20 years, Bob has traveled the U.S. with students in the Trail Bound program - a summer travel and learning experience for students to study our historic sites and hike our national parks.

Since 2003, he has constructed a living history Civil War encampment at CHS, through which 500 US History students are annually 'drafted' into the Union army. The Civil War Camp includes tents, equipment, period clothing, weapons and food cooked for the students over an open fire. This has become a CHS tradition that everyone looks forward to each year.

Bob has served as a member and a Building Representative of the Duneland Teachers Association for 25 years. For the past five years, he has served as the Chairman of Negotiations.

Good luck to Robert DeRuntz as INTOY draws near to their final selection for this year's 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year.