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Char Getz teaches for the Literacy Alliance. Getz helps students prepare for the high school equivalency exam at New Haven Learning Center. She has taught there for eight years and has been tutoring for more than 30 years.

Teacher Honor Roll/Education Notebook

Charlene ‘Char’ Getz

School: Literacy Alliance at the New Haven Learning Center

Grade/subject teaching: I teach students who are preparing to get their high school equivalency diploma. It is primarily an individualized instruction for those who are 16 or older.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education; master’s in education, with a specialty in reading

Years teaching: I have been teaching at Literacy Alliance for eight years. I also tutor privately, which I have been doing for over 30 years. I taught in the public schools for seven years.

Cities born and raised in: Born in Fort Wayne and have lived in this area most of my life. I lived and taught near Cincinnati for three years following college.

Family: Married to Conrad for almost 43 years. We have two sons who live in Atlanta and Tallahassee and two granddaughters.

Last book read: “The Story” by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee

Favorite teacher: This is hard, because I had several whom I really enjoyed. One who stands out in my mind is Joanne Sauder, my English teacher in junior high at Leo Junior-Senior High School, who had a way of always keeping the class interesting.

Favorite classes in school: I loved math, but my favorite class in college was anatomy. I actually got my lowest grade (C) in that class; however, I learned so much.

Favorite teaching memory: Student successes have to be among my best memories. One of those successes happened this past March when one of my students, whom I had in my class at New Haven and whom I also privately tutored, got his GED. Suffering from multiple physical disabilities, he faced his immense learning challenges with determination and accomplished his goal.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Often my students are faced with a juggling act of keeping things going at home, at work and at school. They are overwhelmed and discouraged. I advise them to make short-term goals that are attainable quickly, rather than focusing on the ultimate goal of getting their HSE. In doing this, they will have success and will be encouraged, and will be getting closer to that ultimate goal.

Nominated by: Brian Schlichtenmyer, Adult Program Manager at The Literary Alliance

Reason for nomination: Adult education classrooms work with learners at different levels and abilities. This challenges teachers to find ways to deliver instruction that is relevant and appropriate. Char’s deep empathy and desire to help students learn keeps her searching for new ways to instruct her adult learners. These efforts and her persistence with adult learners demonstrate her strong dedication to helping others achieve their goals.


•Fort Wayne chapter of Financial Executives International recently recognized outstanding Accounting or Finance students from of seven area universities. The students who received awards were: Joseph W. Nishimoto, Grace College; Kendall Green, Huntington University; Nathan Yoder, Indiana Tech; Roy H. Resendez, IPFW; Daniel Maringer, Manchester University; Ryan Richman, Trine University; and Tate Dishman, University of Saint Francis.

TJ Bishop, a Homestead High School sophomore, recently placed first in Hospitality and Tourism Sales at the national DECA competition in Atlanta.

•Macy Winebrenner, a senior at DeKalb High School, has been awarded the T-E Incorporated Scholarship. Macy will be attending IPFW this fall.

•Several local students recently received University of Findlay Merit Scholarships based on GPAs and ACT/SAT scores: Alex Barkus, Sabrina Beeler, Chelsea Bergman, Catherine Bledsoe, Stephanie Cenko, Monica Coupe, Rachel Farmer, Danielle Flaningan, Soraya Garza, Calvin George, Sarah Hunkler, Cassandra Rigdon, Kimberly Sterrett and Dustin Wells.


•IPFW recently named Carly Thompson and Rachel Landis as Student Employees of the Year. Marietta Frye was named Supervisor of the Year.

•As part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration, Indiana University School of Nursing announced that IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein has been named as one of the first recipients of its Alumni Legacy Leaders award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of 100 of the more than 30,000 IU School of Nursing living alumni.

•Micah Rapp, biology major at IPFW, has been awarded a premier national undergraduate award, The Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the first recipient in university history.

•ELS Language Centers, on the IPFW campus, is looking for families to host international students attending ELS. For more information, contact Jamie Sandy, international student advisor, at 481-0350 or


•Indiana INTERNnet, a free internship-matching program, recognized Grace College students Carolyn Duong, Jessica Otteman and Janelle Hess as award nominees for internship excellence.

•An anonymous donor has pledged $350,000 for soccer field improvements at Grace’s Miller Athletic Complex. The improvements include installing lights, bleachers, team bench areas and a press box, among other projects. Construction will be ongoing throughout the spring and summer and is scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall 2014 soccer season.

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