My husband's tenure as a 21-year science teacher at Montville Township High School ends this month as he retires from his full-time teaching position. Evan taught a total of 28 years in the NY AND NJ public school systems, his best years being at MTHS teaching ‘Environmental Science’. At MTHS he also served as the Boys Head Track Coach, Bowling Club Advisor, Christian Club Advisor, National Honor Society Co-Advisor, and Videographer for the MTHS football team. His "Best Teaching Day Ever" was on Halloween 2014 when he dressed up as Walter White from the Breaking Bad TV Show and taught lessons that day on the environmental damage caused by the manufacturing of methamphetamine (pictures below).
Throughout his career, Evan’s teaching philosophy has been, “I teach STUDENTS science.” (Not “I teach SCIENCE to students”). As his wife, I’m blessed to be the beneficiary of Evan’s wonderfully creative, caring, and communicative nature. This combined with his unique teaching style has enabled him to have great success as a teacher. Though looking forward to what's next, Evan has emphatically stated that he will most definitely miss his colleagues and students—the "BEST part of my job!" I personally have great respect for all those in the public education system and the many difficulties they face these days as they serve our country’s most valuable possession -- our children.
Evan and I both appreciate the honors, support, and well-wishes of family, friends, colleagues, and students that he’s received since announcing his retirement! Thanks for your prayers as we step into the next chapter of our lives.
Below are some photo highlights of his career and retirement celebrations.
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HONORS - 2003
BLAST FROM THE PAST -- HALLOWEEN 2010
CELEBRATING WITH HIS COLLEAGUES -- JUNE 2015
THANK YOU to all who've expressed appreciation for "Mr. Rupff"...
Your kind words and actions mean more than you know!
1/14/2018 05:29:12 am
I remember Mr. Rupff from my time at MTHS (1996-2000). By far one of the most engaging teachers I ever had. He introduced me to the small town of Centralia and the mine fire that had been burning beneath it due to the negligent actions of some locals. Fast forward half a lifetime later and now I live nearby Centralia and go there often with my kids to explore and show them what can happen if you don’t respect your surroundings. Every time I go, I think of Mr. Rupff and the video he showed us of the empty town with its steaming streets. I also remember his Land Cruiser, and talking about the car with him. Unfortunately I can’t say I remember all my teachers, but Mr. Rupff is one that stays with me even almost 20 years after graduation.
7/12/2022 06:34:04 pm
I agree Leo! And awesome to see you here. Actually trying to look up Mr. Rupff as I’m going to be doing a minor in Geosciences. He was, for sure, one of the only ones that stood out!
Andrew A. Urchenko
7/19/2020 04:11:48 pm
beth Bernlehr Stark
10/17/2021 06:57:49 am
Evan…. I love seeing photos and reading all that you’ve been involved in! I can only imagine how many people your life has touched! Your mom and dad would be so proud! You’ve been designed by God for His purpose… even in retirement! Fun to reconnect!
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