School: Franke Park
Grade teaching: Third grade
Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University; master’s from Indiana Wesleyan
Years teaching: Nine years
Cities born and raised in: South Bend
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married with two daughters
Last book read: “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” by Mary Higgins Clark
Favorite teacher: Mr. Wibbens, my high school biology teacher
Favorite classes in school: Language arts
Favorite teaching memory: I have so many! I had a student once tell me that I helped him like school. That was a good feeling.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? To always do their best and don’t be afraid to make mistakes and ask for help.
Nominated by: Delicia Switzer, mother of students
Reason for nomination: “You can tell without a doubt that this teacher loves her students and wants them to succeed and feel safe. My son has a very difficult personality and she easily adjusts to the needs of each child, including his. She deals with each personality accordingly, yet treats them with equal respect. My husband and I are grateful for her.
•The Fort Wayne Campus of National College, 6131 N. Clinton St., will hold a career fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 The event is free and open to the public.
•Author, educator, and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu will speak about race relations and mentoring at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus auditorium, 7602 Patriot Crossing.
•The University of Saint Francis will offer northeast Indiana’s first bachelor of science in nutrition this fall. The degree offers the option of a special concentration in health promotion.
•University of Saint Francis graduate student Ruth Smith was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Indiana in March as part of Disability Awareness Month.
•Rev. David T. Link, Joseph A. Matson, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will speak during commencement exercises for the University of Saint Francis on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne.
•IPFW is now a member of International Student Exchange Programs, an international network of more than 340 universities at over 50 countries.
•IPFW will host a screening of a documentary film called “The Line” by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Linda Midgett at 8 p.m. May 5 in Neff Hall, Room 101. The film features the old and new faces of poverty.
•Corrie Fox, from the Mastodon Advising Center, and Kari Smith, from the Doermer School of Business, were recently honored as the 2014 IPFW Academic Advisors of the year.
•The Fort Wayne law firm of Shambaugh, Kast, Beck and Williams, LLP has created a scholarship prize at Indiana Tech Law School. The firm’s $25,000 gift is the first endowed scholarship created by a local law firm. Muncie attorney, Eric C. Welch, endowed the first scholarship for the law school in 2013.
•Inspirational speaker Terré Holmes will deliver the keynote address at Indiana Tech’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. May 17 at Memorial Coliseum.