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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Suzy Lucas teaches first grade at Milford Elementary.

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Suzy Lucas

School: Milford Elementary School

Grade teaching: First grade

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education from Indiana Wesleyan University; master’s degree from Walden University

Years teaching: 17 years

City born: Warsaw

City raised: Sidney

Current hometown: Rural Larwill

Family: Married to Todd Lucas with two children; Conner, 12, and Lacey, 9

Last book read and favorite book: Last book: “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks; favorite book: “Jacob Have I Loved” by Katherine Paterson

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Edna Bryant, fifth grade at Pierceton Elementary

Favorite class in school: Music and high school marching band

Favorite teaching memory: Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to have a young lady named Mia in my classroom. Mia had been recently adopted from Thailand, so she did not speak any English. A couple weeks after she had started school, she experienced snow for the first time and with the help of some classmates, she made a little snowman. The look of surprise and extreme joy on her face as she showed me her creation, over something that most of us take for granted, made such an impact on me. Through that experience, I was taught to take time to slow down long enough to enjoy little surprises like newly fallen snow.

Biggest influence to become a teacher: My kindergarten teacher, Rosemary Bolinger. I still remember the kind and nurturing way that she taught each day. She made the act of “finding the alpha letter person” of the day quite exciting and would hide them around the school and give us clues. Mr. M was hiding in the janitor’s closet the day I found him.

What’s a concept you’ve learned during a professional development activity that you use in the classroom? After attending a Carl Anderson conference, I learned the importance of having a conversation with my students about their writing, instead of a questioning session. By doing this, my students are more excited about their writing and less worried about not always doing things correctly.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? They love to dream big, and I encourage that in all of them, no matter how big the dream.

Nominated by: Joyce Dubach, colleague

Reason for nomination: “During my job in the Wawasee School Corporation, I have had the occasion to see Mrs. Lucas in her classroom on several occasions. I am amazed to see this woman at work. She has a genuine love and respect for her students; she listens to them and talks with them, not at them. She reads them stories with excitement in her voice, and has the kids enthralled. She has lots of different activities for her students to do, transitions between activities smoothly and effortlessly and draws her class right along with her into the joy of learning.”

Scholarships and internships

•Medical equipment supplier Just Walkers is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students who use mobility devices. To enter, write a 600-word essay to answer “Describe a time when you faced a major obstacle. What did you do and what did the experience teach you?”

The deadline to apply is June 29. For questions or more information, visit or contact at


Dr. Dawn Anderson, professor of exercise science at Huntington University, has been named a senior associate editor at the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Anderson has been on the editorial board of the journal since 2011.

•Huntington University’s graduate counseling program will host a visit day from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkview Randallia campus in Fort Wayne.

Dr. Todd Martin will present “Women and Katherine Mansfield’s Divided Self” for the Huntington University Forester Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Martin is a professor of English at Huntington University.

Ivy Tech

•Troy Bigelow, an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech, will host a writing workshop, book signing, and reading at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Student Life Center on North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive. He will discuss his book of poetry, “Resuscitivity.” Bigelow invented the word to mean “the ability to be resuscitated or revived with breath; inspired.”


•The Hospitality Management Program at IPFW has earned initial membership into the Hotel Schools of Distinction.

•Ash Beckham will present “Give Voice to Your Truth” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in IPFW’s Neff Hall Room 101 as part of LGBTQ+ Week. Beckham’s discussions about coming out and her speech “I am so gay” are popular online. The lecture is free and open to the public.

•An All-Ages Drag Show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Walb Student Union International Ballroom as part of LGBTQ+ week at IPFW.

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