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Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette
Marianna Deitche, this week's winner of Teacher Honor Roll, teaches English at South Side High School.

Teacher honor roll: Marianne Deitche of South Side High School

Marianne Deitche

School: South Side High School

Grade/Subject teaching: Academic English 11, IB English 1-2, AP language and composition

Education: Bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University and a master's of liberal studies from IPFW

Years teaching: 22 1/2 (3 at Humble High School in Humble, Texas, and 19 1/2 at South Side)

City born and raised: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I am married to Joe, a math teacher at South Side. We have a heart-daughter, La'Kendra; a golden retriever, Samwise; and two cats, Moonie and Starbuck.

Last book read and what you thought of it: I recently finished reading Troy Hicks' "Crafting Digital Writing" for a book study at the Appleseed Writing Project's Summer Institute. I learned a great deal about how to incorporate a variety of technological sources into my students' learning experience. Even though it is a sort of handbook, it was filled with great ideas, examples, and explanations. I recommend it for anyone who is technologically challenged as well as for those who have a grasp on the 21st-century modes of communication.

Favorite teacher: Well, of course my favorite teacher is my husband, Joe. However, before I met him I was lucky to have had so many excellent teachers. Harrison Hill, Fairfield Junior High, South Side High School, and IU prepared me for becoming a teacher educationally and by modeling what it means to be a teacher. Mrs. Boone, Mrs. McClintock, Mr. Wolfe, Mrs. Hollenberg; Ms. Moonie, Mrs. Stein; Mrs. Langdon, Mrs. Bush, Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Headings; and Professor Jenkinson all mean the world to me. I would not be the teacher I am without having had them in my life.

Favorite teaching memory: So many, but the one that is with me now is the memory of Bien. I recently learned that he is a subject in the book "Outcasts United," so I am eager to read his story. We were reading aloud "The Crucible" midyear, and Bien accepted one of the major roles. He did a great job, and he chose to keep the role for the entire play. At the end of the year he came in to say goodbye for the summer, and he told me that reading that part was the first time he had ever read aloud in any class. I still get goose bumps when I think about that. It is such an intimidating activity for so many students. I truly felt honored that he felt safe enough in my classroom to accept the role.

Nominated by: Alyssa Grider, student

Nomination: "Mrs. Deitche is a great teacher because she loves her job. Mrs. Deitche cares about her students, and I enjoy her teaching me. She always makes me laugh throughout the class period. She is a great teacher. I wouldn't mind if I have her again, that's how much I care about her. Mrs. Deitche always brightens up my day the minute I walk inside of her classroom. That is why Mrs. Deitche is a loving, caring and a great teacher."


•From July 22 through July 26, Indiana's 31 private, non-profit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to students, parents and any others interested in the college selection process. Those visiting will get to experience firsthand the unique personality of each campus through tours, informational sessions and conversations with students and staff. A complete list of participating campuses, as well as event schedules and registration information, is available at

•WGU Indiana will award up to $30,000 in new "Go Further in Nursing" scholarships available to nurses who are seeking bachelor's or master's degrees. Scholarships will be awarded at $2,000 each, and to be eligible, applicants must be registered nurses newly enrolling in one of WGU Indiana's nursing degree programs. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1. All applicants must first be admitted to WGU Indiana. For more on the new scholarship, visit, or call 877-214-7014.


•Students from Indiana high school and college technical education programs won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skill Conference: Team O consisting of Ethan Pearl and Justin Krall from Anthis Career Center was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Promotional Bulletin Board; Alexia Perez, from Anthis Career Center, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in T-Shirt Design; Alexander Guldbeck, from Anthis Career Center, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Pin Design; and Sam Cook, Anthis Career Center, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Cabinetmaking.

•Pre-kindergarten programs at Bloomingdale, Fairfield, Holland, Nebraska, South Wayne and Study elementaries have earned re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. To earn NAEYC re-accreditation, the programs underwent an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. All 15 of the district's Title 1 pre-K programs, as well as the program at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, are NAEYC accredited. The pre-K program at Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center is accredited by the American Montessori Society.

Ivy Tech

•Staff members of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast are hosting "On the Road" visits to eight counties at a variety of regional libraries. The community is invited to drop in and meet with staff members to discuss Ivy Tech Northeast programs, the enrollment process and close-to-home class locations. Visits will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10-25 at the following sites: Wells County Library, 200 W. Washington St., Bluffton, July 10; Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, July 11; Peabody Public Library, 1160 East Highway 205, Columbia City, July 16; LaGrange County Public Library, 203 W. Spring St., LaGrange, July 17; Adams County Public Library, 128 S. 3rd St., Decatur, July 18; Eckhart Public Library, Willenar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, July 23; Carnegie Public Library, 322 S. Wayne St., Angola, July 24; and Noble County Public Library, 813 E. Main St., Albion, July 25


•An Open House is being planned for July 16, for individuals interested in learning more about a new degree completion program at IPFW that provides maximum convenience to working adults with busy schedules. The two Open House sessions on July 16 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 East California Road in Fort Wayne, Ind., located to the west of and directly across the river from the main IPFW Campus at 2101 East Coliseum Blvd.

Do you have a favorite teacher? Please send us your nominations, including the teacher's name, school, school district and grade/subject taught as well as your name, phone number and reason for your nomination. Nominations can be sent to Sarah Janssen at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or emailed to