Success stories

Many Bluffton alumni in the education profession discover that their passion for teaching and learning must include wrestling with challenging issues that extend from classrooms to living rooms and to the halls of government.  

Alumni Profiles

Louise and Lawrence Matthews
Lawrence and Louise Matthews '78
Early Childhood Education Major

Lawrence and Louise Matthews' first reaction to news of natural disasters is probably familiar to many people. "Any time that things like this have happened, we would say we wish there was a way to help," says Louise, a 1978 Bluffton graduate—like her husband—and now director of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center on campus. read more..

Norma Flores '03
Dr. norma flores '08
grand valley state university visiting instructor

Seeing her instructors bring their passion for their profession, including research, into the classroom reinforced her desire to do the same thing. read more...

Chad Hirschy
Chad Hirschy '08
Intervention specialist major, coaching minor

7-12 intervention specialist/athletic director at Cory-Rawson Local Schools, Rawson, Ohio  read more...

Marietta (Landis '65) SawatzkyMarietta (Landis '65) Sawatzky
Elementary education
2011 Lifetime Service Award

An opportunity to teach elementary-age missionary children in Taiwan became a life-long calling. read more...

Matt Ferguson '10Matt Ferguson '10
History major, integrated social studies education licensure

During what he terms a "confusing" senior year, Ferguson was working toward teaching but still feeling a strong urge to stay in politics. read more...

Lois Rice '59Lois Rice '59

"I was very appreciative of the preparation I had at Bluffton," she says, citing small classes and individual attention from professors. "They instilled a dedication to teaching and the responsibility that teaching holds." read more...