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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Kathleen Cagle, a high school math teacher for New Tech Academy at Wayne High School, works with sophomores Brittany Mahon, left, and Sofia Hunley.

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook



School: New Tech Academy at Wayne High School

Grade/subject teaching: High school math

Education: Elmhurst High School, University of Arizona (bachelor of science in mathematics), IPFW (teaching certification) and Walden University (master’s in adolescent literacy and technology)

Years Teaching: 16, 14 at Fort Wayne Community Schools

City born/raised: Remington. Moved to Fort Wayne when I was a freshman in high school

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Divorced with twin boys who will be 17 next month

Last book read: “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom and I am reading “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

Favorite teacher: This is hard. I have been so blessed with so many awesome teachers, but Phil Habegger, Bill Derbyshire and John Houser definitely top the list.

Favorite class in school: Math

Favorite teaching memory: Designing, building and testing catapults after school with students along with the help of Fort Wayne Metals engineer Austin Lucas. One of the students made a comment: “This is where the real learning is taking place.” He was so right.

Biggest influence to become a teacher: Phil Habegger’s and Bill Derbyshire’s passion for math, love for teaching and how they accepted the challenge of teaching with such enthusiasm.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future: If you are willing to work hard enough and long enough, you can accomplish your goals. Don’t be afraid to take risks, mistakes happen. Part of being successful is knowing when to change your plan because the current one is not working. Surround yourself with positive people, and finally, avoid debt like the plague.

Nominated by: Beth Andrews, parent and sibling

Reason for nomination: “Ms. Cagle is not only my son, Luke’s, algebra teacher, she is my sister. She is a single mother with two twin boys who have special needs, but that has never stopped Kathleen from going above and beyond. If her students only knew the struggles that she has had and the struggles she still faces, they would not believe it, because every morning she has a smile on her face when those kids walk through that door.

Recently, one of her students and the family lost everything in a fire – she went above and beyond again to get the family hooked up with Catholic Charities.”


•Allen County farmer Andrew Wyss recently gave a $2,500 donation to the Saint Aloysius Catholic School through America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

•Canterbury School hosted the American String Teachers Association Certificate Achievement Program on Feb. 16. These Canterbury students passed level exams: Maria Tan, Alisha Babu, Lucas Valcarcel, Sophia Slates, Maria Teel, Jodi Sarno, Sara Diem, John Sarno, Jelena Nguyen, Alaina Richert and Samantha Richert.

•Bishop Luers High School congratulates the top 10 students winners of the Henry-Keefer Scholarship Exam: Elizabeth Heiny, Adam Veldman, Michael Schweller, Payton Head, Joseph Renner, Emma Ward, Jonathan Woehnker, Noah Brown, Benjamin Fink and Anna Wiljer.


•Area employers are invited to register for the Northeast Indiana Career Enrichment job fair coming to IPFW from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 15. Registration fees are $200 for for-profit employers, $150 for government agencies and $125 for nonprofit organizations. Registration and payment are due April 1. Anyone wishing to register may contact Christine Force at 481-6640 or or go online to

•Homestead High School will be hosting its Annual College Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 10. More than 80 four-year universities, two-year colleges and vocational schools ntionwide, as well as representatives from the armed services and financial institutions, will be in attendance and available to speak with students and their parents. The program is open to the public and one junior or senior student will win a $200 scholarship.

Saint Francis

•“Four Levels of Happiness: A Christian Philosophy of Life and Work” is the topic for the 2014 Servus Omnium lecture and breakfast sponsored by the University of Saint Francis in the USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $10 in advance at and $15 at the door the day of the lecture.

•University of Saint Francis scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors during Talent Day on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university’s Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road, the Fort Wayne Ballet at 300 E. Main St. and the university’s music technology facilities in the North Campus, 2702 Spring St. To reserve a time or receive further information, contact the School of Creative Arts at 399-7700, ext. 8001.


•IPFW’s Department of Public Policy will host the inaugural Midwest Public Affairs Conference March 27 to 29. Conference registration can be made online at For more information, contact Stephen Kleinschmit at

David Wesse has been named vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs at IPFW. Wesse will oversee a university operating budget of $180 million as well as financial and administrative units including athletics, physical plant, university police and human resources.

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