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Third generation carries on tradition

August 22, 2014

Dylan Shepherd, left, and his uncle, Darrell Heintz, hold up a picture of Willard Heintz, Jr., who is Shepherd’s grandfather and Heintz’s father. Shepherd is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools (Photo provided/Facebook).

For newly hired Wapakoneta Elementary School teacher Dylan Shepherd, teaching is a family affair.

The 22-year-old recent college graduate is the third member of his family to teach at Wapakoneta City Schools. The legacy began with his grandfather, Willard Heintz, Jr., who was a mathematics teacher at the high school beginning in 1975. His uncle, Darrell Heintz, is also a mathematics teacher who is celebrating his 30th year at the high school.

Shepherd said he realized how special it was to carry on the family tradition when his mother brought in a picture of his grandfather at the school’s open house on Tuesday night. 

“My uncle and I took a picture holding the photo of my grandfather and that’s when it really hit home,” Shepherd said. “I realized that for 40 years someone from my family has walked through these doors.

“I think that’s something special.”

In addition to his uncle and grandfather, Shepherd’s mother, Carla, is also an educator. She is currently working as a teacher’s aid at the Hardin Northern Local School District located in Dola, just north of Kenton. 

For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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