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Mickey Linn-Cain, center, counts items on a paper with students Adrianna Malone, 14, left, and Kenna Aldridge, 15, at Wayne New Tech Academy in her functional skills class.

Teacher honor roll : Mickey Linn-Cain

Education notebook

Mickey Linn-Cain

School: Wayne New Tech Academy

Grade/Subject teaching : Functional skills special education

Education: I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree and received my master’s degree from Ball State University.

Years Teaching: 23 years

City Born: Marion

City Raised: Gas City

Current hometown: Upland

Family: My husband, James Cain, and one daughter, Laura Eckstein.

Last book read: “Wild Cards” by Simone Elkeles

Favorite teacher: Mrs. French, my third-grade teacher

Favorite class in school: Reading

Favorite teaching memory: One day in class, one of my most difficult students thanked me for trying to make him do his work.

Biggest influence to become a teacher: My third-grade teacher read to our class “Charlotte’s Web” and I loved that story and her reading to me. I wanted to be a teacher just like her.

Advice you would give your students as they plan for their future: I always advise the students to be honest and work hard at any job they are given. They should always have goals to strive for.

Nominated by: Jesse Martinez, student

Nomination: “I would like to honor Mickey Linn-Cain at Wayne High School. (Linn-Cain) is a math teacher at Wayne High School and I love math class because of (Linn-Cain). She helps me understand math work and I look up to her as a mom. Every day, in the morning, I am happy to see (Linn-Cain) because she makes everyone happy at school and when I need help with my home work or if I have a problem with someone else, she teaches me how to control my anger at school. When I am sad or crying, she tells me ‘Jesse, I will help you. What is going on?’ She teaches me how to do math work like how to fill out a checkbook. I never understand that work, but (Linn-Cain) teaches me how to do it because she tells everyone one at school you’ve got to learn how to do this.”

University of Saint Francis

•“Five Feasts of the Child Jesus” will be presented by Sister Felicity Dorsett at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 in the North Campus Auditorium at Saint Francis.

•At 1 p.m. Feb. 20, Adam DeVille and Esperanca Camara will give the lecture “Iconography and Iconoclasm” at Saint Francis’ North Campus auditorium.

•State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki has been named to the Board of Trustees for the University of Saint Francis.

Grace College

•Grace College & Seminary has welcomed John Lillis as the new vice president of academic affairs.

Don DeYoung, chair of the science and mathematics department and professor of physics at Grace College, recently published a new children’s book called “77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons.”

•The Grace College School of Business and Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development will collaborate with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to host a FastTrac New Venture Class on Monday evenings from Jan. 20 to March 24 at the Barbara Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech has selected Daniel J. Stoker for the newly-created position of vice president for student affairs. He will join the university today. He will oversee athletics, student life, residence life and all other areas of student affairs.


•“Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students” will take place at IPFW in Walb Union, Room 116 on Feb. 7 and 8. Registration opens Feb. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Walb Union, Room 116. The two-day national health conference will focus on the physical, mental and environmental health needs and challenges that LGBQT students face on a daily basis.

•Second Steps ABA Clinic will be hosting a two-day workshop on “Essential for Living: A Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Assessment, Curriculum and Teaching Manual,” written by Patrick McGreevy and Troy Fry from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 at IPFW’s Science Building, room 168. Registration is $160 or $305 with purchase of “Essential for Living” and companion scoring manual. To register, go online to

•IPFW’s The BIG Event is looking for community agencies interested in receiving volunteer help on March 29. More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to participate. For more information, go online to by Feb. 1 or call Krissy Creager at 481-6883 or

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 Julie Crothers at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or emailed to