Janie Gordon and Ken Hauan, take a bow.

The music teachers have had a long run of making a positive impact with local high school students, and in the community, and have established solid legacies. However, both are retiring at the end of Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s school year.

Gordon has been the choral director at Columbus North High School since 1999. She’s worked to bring out the best in students and get the school’s various choirs to perform at their highest levels — with success. She began her teaching career in 1992. However, she also is known for her contributions to the community.

She’s been involved with the Mill Race Theatre Company, Brown Music Competition and the annual American Pie concert, which features themes performances by local high school students and is one of the most popular entertainments events in the community.

Hauan, Columbus East’s choir director, is retiring after 26 years at the school and a 36-year teaching career. He guided East to the state choral title in 1993 and second place in 1994, and had a show choir perform in famed Carnegie Hall in New York.

In Hauan’s efforts to help students and raise their performance levels, he’s had several students who have gone on to standout careers. For example: sisters Marja and Chasten Harmon, on Broadway and in movies; and Phil Bond, a New York City theater director and producer.

Gordon and Hauan deserve a round of applause. Their efforts with students over the years have had lasting impacts, and the teachers have made a difference in the community.

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