School: St. Joseph Catholic School, Garrett
Grade/Subject teaching: First grade
Education: IPFW, bachelor's degree, elementary education, minor in psychology, endorsements in early childhood education and middle school social studies.
Years teaching: 6 years
City born: Fort Wayne
City raised: Auburn
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married to Matt Marshall
Last book read: "Thoughts For Daily Living" by Fulton J. Sheen.
Favorite teacher: My second-grade teacher, Mrs. Martin. After we had finished reading an Amelia Bedelia book, she dressed up as Amelia Bedelia and "subbed" for our teacher. She made books come to life and inspired my love for reading. Her passion for teaching made learning fun.
Favorite class in school: Child psychology, world history, and American history
Favorite teaching memory: My favorite teaching memory is ongoing. It is the moment when I see a child's eyes light up after they understand a new concept and the way they grow from it. I'm very happy to be a part of that moment.
Biggest influence to become a teacher: My parents. They knew I loved to play school and be the teacher starting at 4 years old. They have believed in me throughout my teaching career and greatly influenced my love for reading.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? My advice to them is to put God first, pray daily, give thanks always, and to share your gifts with others.
Nominated by: Krista Marshall, Fort Wayne resident
Nomination: "Jill is the type of teacher who cares for her students as if they are her own. After working at a different location, she was lucky enough to be hired at St. Joe's Catholic School in Garrett, Indiana – a dream job for her. This is her first year, and so far, she is making the absolute most of it. Those little first-graders are so incredibly lucky to have her caring about them, guiding them, and teaching them in a way that is both fun and creative. She takes the time to get down on their level, making each one feel so unique and special. Jill is a fantastic teacher, and I know this new position will only lead to years of success with many little kids being able to say 'Mrs. Marshall was my favorite teacher!' "
•Bishop Dwenger High School invites current and past families, friends, and alumni to a "ThanksGathering" event from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center at 1414 Northland Blvd.
•Abdullah Eroglu, associate professor of electrical engineering at IPFW, is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Research Award. His winning presentation is called "Surfing With the Electromagnetic Waves: Radio Frequency Systems and Energy Applications."
•IPFW will be sponsoring a 14-day study tour of Rome from June 24 to July 5, 2014. Anyone interested in participating in next summer's tour of Rome is invited to meet the tour leaders at two upcoming information meetings. The meetings are scheduled for noon Tuesday, in Room 114, and noon Dec. 2 in Room G21. Both rooms are located in Walb Student Union on the IPFW campus. Cost of the tour is $4,200 for community members, or $3,899 plus tuition for IPFW students.
•The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is offering scholarships to area students. For more information, go online to www.cfgfw.org.
•Western Governors University Indiana will award $20,000 in Future of You scholarships to adult learners age 40 and up looking to further their education. For more information, go online to indiana.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/scholarships/future_of_you_overview.
•Trine University's Innovation One is offering the Innovation Challenge to find the best ideas and concepts for business and technology. A panel of judges will select finalists who will present their ideas in April. Fifth Third Bank is supporting the five-year challenge with a $100,000 gift for awards and scholarships. The challenge is open to residents and students in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. For more information, visit www.innovation1.org, call 665-4133 or email email@example.com.
•The Indiana Association of School Principals will recognize Michael Caywood, principal at Holland Elementary, as the 2013 District 3 Elementary Principal on Sunday.
•Daniel Romary, a New Haven High School senior, was selected as the 2013 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, representing New Haven High School and the East Allen County School district.
•New Haven resident Kayla Grotrian was recently named a recepient of Indiana University's Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships.
•Six Bishop Luers High School students have been accepted to advance in the application process to study abroad this summer with the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language: Edgar Alarcon, Jonathan Gladding, Sarah Gillie, Madeline Reimbold, Luke Scheer and Savanna Toporek.