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Joshua Dingeldein (IN '23)


Plymouth High School
Plymouth, IN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts
Grade(s): 9, 11

At the time of the Award, Joshua Dingeldein was:

Plymouth High School
Plymouth, IN

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts
Grade(s): 9, 11

Biographical Information

English language arts teacher Joshua Dingeldein seizes every opportunity to get students excited about learning. Each passing period, his positivity energizes the bustling hallways of Plymouth High School (PHS) as students eagerly accept his words of encouragement, fist bumps and high fives on their way to class. Dingeldein is celebrated for his ability to make all students feel like they matter, and his compassionate approach to education has allowed him to propel students further than they have ever imagined.  
A data-driven educator, Dingeldein’s calculated instructional strategies help his ninth and 11th grade students navigate rigorous curriculum, while encouraging productive classroom collaboration and discourse. Using a timer, he keeps classes moving at pace and presents students with questions and feedback as they work through standards-based lessons in narrative, dialogue and thesis statement writing, as well as rhetorical analyses and researched blog projects. Students learn how to “show, not tell,” through analyzing text and citing evidence, while those in need of extra support benefit from his differentiated instruction in small group sessions. Dingeldein’s Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition course students outperformed the state and global average of students scoring a 3 or higher on the AP test. In 2022-23, 54% of PHS students outperformed the state and met the benchmark on the SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section due in large part to Dingeldein’s efforts.  
Dingeldein is always willing to implement new strategies and technology in his classroom. With the rising popularity of ChatGPT, he saw the program as an opportunity rather than a threat. Choosing to use it as a learning tool, Dingeldein worked alongside colleagues to create approved ChatGPT prompts to use for analyzing student work, and to help students improve their writing. Active in school leadership and teacher mentorship, Dingeldein serves on PHS’ guiding coalition, assisting in the schoolwide effort to become a model professional learning community. In this role, he has led professional development and helped guide the coalition’s faculty presentation on proposed new, goal-setting initiatives. He also participates on the National Honor Society committee.  
Dingeldein earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary English education from Taylor University in 2015.  

Press release: High Fives and Fist Bumps for Josh Dingeldein, First in Plymouth Community School Corporation to Receive $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Joshua Dingeldein In The News

IDOE Milken Educator Award Update
Indiana Department of Education  |  Jan 19, 2024  |  Indianapolis, IN

WATCH --> EducationCounts Michiana: Excellence in Teaching
WNIT-TV  |  PBS  |  Jan 17, 2024  |  South Bend, IN

WATCH --> What is a Plymouth English Teacher Doing that Earned Him a Prestigious Award and a Big Check?
WSBT-TV  |  CBS/FOX  |  Jan 01, 2024  |  Mishawaka, IN

2015 Alumnus Wins Milken Educator Award
Taylor University  |  Dec 18, 2023  |  Upland, IN

Plymouth Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Award
WSBT-TV  |  CBS  |  Nov 10, 2023  |  South Bend, IN

Marshall County Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award
WBIW-AM  |  Nov 09, 2023  |  Bedford, IN

Marshall County Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
WTCA-AM  |  Nov 09, 2023  |  Plymouth, IN

WATCH --> Plymouth High School English Teacher Receives Milken Educator Award, $25,000
WNDU-TV  |  NBC  |  Nov 09, 2023  |  South Bend, IN

WATCH --> Plymouth Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
WBDN-TV  |  ABC  |  Nov 09, 2023  |  South Bend, IN