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By LuAnn Schindler

Operation Blueprint:

Gaughenbaugh builds firsthand experience while student teaching


March 30, 2023

Faith King | SAM

Hands-on experience • Student teacher Cole Gaughenbaugh (r) assists Summerland student Wyatt Napier use a nail gun to attach particle board to a frame during an industrial technology class

Cole Gaughenbaugh didn't always know he would become a teacher.

The O'Neill St. Mary's graduate envisioned life as a chiropractor and enrolled in classes at Wayne State College in the fall 2019 semester.

Seven months later, the pandemic struck.

"The whole world got thrown for a loop," he said. Gaughenbaugh packed his bags and headed home, to O'Neill, to finish classes.

He contemplated returning to college, deciding to seek a business degree.

Call it divine intervention - or the Master's plan - at work. Gaughenbaugh determined he would study industrial technology and become an educator. After s...

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