School: Maplewood Elementary
Grade teaching: Kindergarten
Education: Ball State University, bachelor’s degree in early childhood education
Years teaching: 9
City born and raised: Fort Wayne
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married with a daughter, 4, and son, 2
Last book read: “From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava” and “Pete the Cat”
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Williams
Favorite class in school: Science and art
Favorite teaching memory : I love visiting the pumpkin patch and apple orchard. The children are so happy to pick a pumpkin and a few apples, their faces just light up with excitement.
Biggest influence to become a teacher: All of the teachers I had at Meadowbrook Elementary School.
What’s a concept you’ve learned during a professional development activity that you use in the classroom: I like to use “the project approach,” where I look at what the children are interested in and make a unit based on what they are eager to learn.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future: Always try to do your best, ask for help if you need it and offer to help someone else.
Nominated by: Dusti Bontempo
Reason for nomination : “I would like to nominate my son’s teacher for the Teacher Honor Roll. He had her last year for pre-K and she taught him so much and is so patient with her students. This year, she moved up to teaching kindergarten and he has her again. Already, she has made such a huge difference in his reading and writing skills. I really think she deserves some recognition for all the work and effort she puts into teaching (and caring for) her students.”
•Michael Caywood, principal at Holland Elementary, was recognized as the 2013 state elementary principal of the year and was named district elementary principal of District 3, which includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
•Allie Murley, a Garrett native and University of Saint Francis student, was recognized at the Independent Colleges of Indiana’s 24th annual Realizing the Dream banquet and will receive $2,000 to help with college costs.
•Yale freshman and Homestead High School graduate Alison Mansfield won third place in the 2013 James Patterson College Book Bucks competition.
•Indiana Tech sophomore Miranda Hill of Waterloo was honored by Independent Colleges of Indiana at the organization’s 24th annual Realizing the Dream banquet.
•Science Central is offering several camps for students during winter break. For information on individual camps or to register online, visit www.sciencecentral.org or call 424-2400, ext. 451.
•Mathnasium of Fort Wayne, 479 E. Dupont Road, will host an Hour of Code at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The one-hour introduction to computer science is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
•The Concordia Lutheran High School Music Department presents “The Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Christ, the Savior, Is Born” at the Embassy Theatre at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for children and seniors, and are available at the high school through Dec. 13.
•The University of Saint Francis will host a traveling exhibition by the New York Society of Illustrators in the Weatherhead Gallery, Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road, through Dec. 20. Call 399-8064 for more information.
•Indiana Tech announced the Three to Degree program, helping students earn a bachelor’s in accounting or business administration-management; and the Four to More program, helping students in either program the option to earn a Master of Business Administration or master’s in management.
•Beginning in fall 2014, Grace College will partner with Ambassador Enterprises to offer Fort Wayne-area students access to Summit Scholars of Grace College, a three-year bachelor’s degree program. Students can complete coursework online but must come to campus for weeklong modules.
•Roger L. Stichter, professor of accounting, has received the Indiana CPA Society’s Outstanding Educator Award. He has been a member since 1984.
•Jeffrey Fawcett, professor of marketing and dean of the School of Business, received the Chewning Award, the Christian Business Faculty Association’s highest honor.