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Erin Seely, a teacher at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, leads her students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Teacher Honor Roll / Education notebook

Erin Seely

School: Whitney Young Early Childhood Center, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Grade teaching: Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten

Education: Ball State with licensure in early childhood and early childhood special education

Years teaching: 11 years

City born, raised and currently reside in: Fort Wayne

Family: “A great one.”

Last book read: “Christmas: A Candid History,” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas!”

Favorite teacher: This is a tie between Linda Givens and Laura Menzie. One provided unlimited support during a critical and challenging year; the other took my interest in history and helped it blossom into a love.

Favorite class in school: History then and now. I make frequent trips to Philadelphia. What a wonderful place to continue learning about our past.

Favorite teaching memory: My first year teaching in Indianapolis when I was teaching general and special education pre-K students. While engaged in independent reading, one little girl said, “Oh look, the lion is giving the zebra a hug.” The child’s innocent view was that of a “hug” and not “dinner.” That memory reminds me of the innocence of childhood.

Biggest influence to become a teacher: It’s in the genes. I was raised in a family that valued education and service. Teaching seemed the perfect combination of my love of people, especially children, and my desire to help improve the lives of others.

Advice you would give your students as they plan for their future: Never stop learning. It is important to challenge views, but not always an easy path. It is often easier to settle into a routine or think there is only one way to do something; when that happens your view gets narrowed and your mind closes, which hurts everyone involved, including yourself.

Nominated by: Ashley Keesler, parent

Reason for nomination: Ms. Sealy is a wonderful teacher and very supportive. She taught my daughter a lot and she had a science unit that kept all the kids excited. Now my daughter tries to look for something scientific everywhere we go.


•The R. Nelson Snider High School “Mighty Panther” Marching Band members became stars of their own Disney show on Dec. 29 when they entertained visitors at Walt Disney World Resort.

•The Maples’ Scholarship is awarded to an employee of Angel Corps, Dorian Maples & Associates, First Call Medical Staffing or Home Nursing Services to fund tuition and fees toward education relating to the home health care field. Jessica Anderson of Geneva, Ind., is the first recipient of the Maples’ Scholarship. She is employed by Angel Corps and Home Nursing Services as an attendant and home health aide.

•The Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives showed its support of higher education by presenting Heidelberg University sophomore Mary “Katie” Kohart with a Cooperative Intern Scholarship worth $800. Kohart interned with Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Inc., working on the cooperative’s Co-op Connections Card program.


•The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has honored five undergraduate students at Valparaiso University with awards to study abroad in spring 2014. The five 2014 Gilman Scholarship recipients are Jon Bicanic, Tyler Clark, Alexander Grask, Carly Tolle, and Daniella Tripodis.

Gina Burgess, of Fort Wayne, was awarded a P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant supported by the BZ Chapter in Fort Wayne to complete her undergraduate degree at Trine University in Angola with an applied business management major.

•Kosciusko REMC will sponsor four local sixth-grade students to attend Touchstone Energy Camp June 4 to 7 at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Ind. Applications for the 2014 Touchstone Energy Camp are available at the KREMC office or can be downloaded from www.kremc.

com and must be completed by Feb. 26.


Courtney Leigh Heins, a rising country singer and Fort Wayne native, will be the morning speaker at the annual Tapestry: A Day for You event at IPFW on April 25. For more information, visit

•IPFW recently announced the 2014 Featured Faculty lectures including: “Sufism and Sociability: Poetry as Pedagogy in a Medieval Persian Lyric,” presented by Erik S. Ohlander on Feb. 12; “Taking Action against Stress,” presented by Ahmed Mustafa on Feb. 19; “Bridging the Gap between Basic Plant Research and Applied Agriculture,” presented by George Mourad on Feb. 26; and “A Return to Childhood: How We Speak and Why We Lose Our Voices,” presented March 5 by Jeff Casazza.

Huntington University

•Huntington University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association March 24 to 26. The public is invited to share written comments by mailing them to: Third Party Comment on Huntington University, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St. Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 or online at Comments must be received by Feb. 24

•Huntington University was recently named the top Christian college in Indiana and third among all Indiana schools by U.S. News & World Report. In it’s 2014 list of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Huntington ranked 87th out of 210 schools nationwide.

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