Gary Hipes has been the science department chairman at Noblesville High School for 20 years. He developed the anatomy and physiology program for NHS’ dual credit course with Ivy Tech. Hipes also worked with Dr. Schmidt from Eli Lily to design a traveling horse skeleton exhibit that became part of the Purdue Science Express.
School/subject: Human anatomy and physiology, AP environmental science and biology at NHS.
Why did you become a teacher? Because I enjoyed school and my mother was a teacher. I chose biology because of his biology teacher in high school. My father was a farmer but allergies prevented me from getting involved in farming.
What are your goals for students? Major goal for anatomy and physiology is that they be successful at the next level. Students who take his course are interested in a health career. Their feedback is that they have an advantage. I also want to make students better health consumers and provide them an early chance to make sure this is an area they want to pursue.
What advice would you give for parents? Stay in touch with their child. Knowing what they are doing in class and why it is important. Encourage the students to make sure they are studying and spending time to understand.
What makes Noblesville Schools special? The community. It is very supportive. Parents are supportive, students are engaged and the NHS staff really cares about what they are doing. It is nice that the school is seen as an essential part of the community.
What is something others might not know about you? I have a painting business, help with the family farm and love to play golf.