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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Mary Uslar, a kindergarten teacher at Waynedale Elementary, reads to her students.

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

Mary Uslar

School: Waynedale Elementary

Grade teaching: Kindergarten

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, master’s degree from Indiana University

Years teaching: 26

City born: Elwood

City raised: Frankton

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Thomas M. Uslar; one son, three daughters, one puppy

Last book read: “The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Ward, my kindergarten teacher

Favorite class in school: English

Favorite teaching memory: Every time a kindergartner gives me a hug and says, “You are the best teacher I have ever had.”

Biggest influence to become a teacher: My aunt, who was a teacher

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Be a good, kind and honest person. Follow your dream – it is all up to you.

Nominated by: Lisa Cour, parent

Reason for nomination: “Our daughter is very timid and is in Mrs. Uslar’s class this year. She has helped out so much with giving our daughter some responsibilities (helping other children out, walking things to the office). Mrs. Uslar keeps in contact with us regularly through phone calls and emails to let us know how our daughter is doing. Recently, she emailed us over the weekend regarding a matter that our daughter missed out on, going above her call of duty to remedy the situation. She is an amazing teacher, and we are very blessed for our daughter to be in her class this year.”

Scholarships and programs

•High school seniors and college freshman are invited to apply for the Questa Scholars Program. Questa Scholars can borrow up to $10,000 for a certificate or associate degree or $20,000 for a bachelor’s degree to help offset college tuition, fees, books and living expenses. Applications and additional information is available at Application deadline is May 1.

•The Interns for Indiana program at IPFW seeks high-tech or advanced manufacturing companies to participate in its program. Companies must be startups or entrepreneurships. Students will work 400 hours with their internship company and will receive a $4,500 stipend; participating companies must provide a $2,000 membership fee to cover a portion of the student stipend. For more information, contact Debra Barrick at 481-5471 or

•Grace College is seeking 50 students to participate in Summit Scholars. Each accepted student receives a $5,000 renewable scholarship to aid the pursuit of a three-year bachelor’s degree. Majors include management, health and wellness and ministry leadership. For more information, call 855-367-4174 or email To fill out an application, visit


Krista Esslinger of Fort Wayne received a P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant supported by the Fort Wayne P.E.O. Chapter CP. The grant will help Esslinger complete her degree as a radiology technician at the University of Saint Francis.

Abby Lemert, a senior at Carroll High School, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. From the candidates, 560 semifinalists will be selected in early April, and one young man and woman will be selected in May from each state to serve as a presidential scholar.

•Students from Woodside Middle School recently competed in the National Future City Finals in Washington, D.C. Jodi Camin o, Tyler Kuntz and Ameena Sohail were part of the three-student presentation team. Matthew Fisher, Skip Jester and Chris Howard also worked on the project. The team received awards for “Excellence in Systems Integration” and “Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices.”

Timothy Martin, a ninth-grade student at East Allen University, recently accepted the invitation to become a lifetime member of The National Society of High School Scholars.

Saint Francis

•The Summit City Book Club of the University of Saint Francis will host a discussion of “Capote In Kansas” at The Friendly Fox, 4001 South Wayne Ave., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. March 25. The graphic novel written by Ande Parks, with Chris Samnee, describes Truman Capote’s experience in Kansas City while writing the novel “In Cold Blood.”

•The following University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts graphic design students received awards at the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne Advertising Honors event last month: Natalie Caruso, Emily Thornburg, Danielle Hartmann, Claudia Cuatepotzo, Alejandra Huerta, Sierra Disch, Morgan Ellis, Ryan Turner, Mitch Holloway, Spencer Heise, Kaylan McCrory, Chelsea Holland, Mariah Hutcherson and Samantha Hickle.

•The following University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts graphic design students received the Judge’s Choice Award from Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne board President Ben Wahli: Danielle Hartmann, Sierra Disch, Morgan Ellis, Mariah Hutcherson and Cody Walz.

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