Tim Engels chosen

The Circle Foundation, in partnership with USD 375, will recognize Tim Engels as their 2018 Distinguished Alumni during the T-Bird basketball game versus El Dorado on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Engels, a 1973 graduate of Circle High School, is no stranger to the Circle community. Tim graduated from Emporia State University in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and earned his Master’s degree at Wichita State University in 1990.  He taught Industrial Arts at Circle High School from 1990-2014.
 During his career at Circle he served as a Skills USA sponsor, CNEA negotiation team member, co-chaired the CNEA scholarship committee, was recognized as CHS Master Teacher in 2007, and CHS Teacher of the Year in 2014.  He also received the
El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Good Neighbor Award in 1978 for saving a life.
He and his wife Sherri are currently the owners of Engels Properties, LLC and Engels Property Management, LLC in El Dorado.  The family’s ties with Circle run deep, as they have two sons who also graduated from CHS, Nick in 2000 and Marcus in 2002.  They have grandchildren who are currently attending school in Circle USD 375.  Tim serves as cantor at the St. John’s Catholic Church, where he has been a member for 42 years.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to being an honored, retired Industrial Arts Teacher from USD 375, he also is a building inspector in the city of Towanda.  Engels also manages rentals in the surrounding area, and is currently a Real Estate Agent for Sundgren Real Estate in El Dorado. Tim has spent 40 years developing relationships with the community, especially those in all phases of the construction business.  
Tim is most proud of teaching his students skills in building yearly projects surrounding the Circle community. These projects included houses on-site and off-site, concession stands, ticket booths, classrooms, sheds, a playground for Towanda Intermediate School, and a garage for a handicapped former classmate in Towanda.  Tim also taught skills in building individual woodworking projects on a daily basis.
When asked to reflect on some of the most important things he learned from his time as a student at Circle, Engels was quick to point out some life-long values.  “I learned how to follow rules because there were consequences.   I remember that my teachers always encouraged me and taught me to believe in myself and why it is important to be respectful and helpful to others.  Those lessons stay with me even today and I tried to pass them on during my years as a teacher at Circle.”
Circle Foundation President Deb Stephens had glowing remarks on the selection of Engels.  “Circle has a rich tradition of excellence in the classroom.  We are proud of our alumni and their accomplishments and recognize them for giving back to their community.  Tim is a classic example of a small town kid who made the most of his intellect and opportunities.  We are proud to select him as our latest Distinguished Alumni.”
USD 375 and the Circle Foundation will continue to work in unison to acknowledge outstanding community leaders who started their endeavors at Circle.  Additional members to the Distinguished Alumni wall will be named in the future.  Past recipients can be found on the school’s web site at: www.circleusd375.com.