A Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who has made a big impact on students in her brief time in the Summit City has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.
School: North Side High School
Subject teaching: Choir and theater
Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater performance, University of Mississippi
Years teaching: 10
City born: Wheeling, West Virginia
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Son, Jackson
Book you’d recommend: “Little Women” and “Victoria”
Favorite teachers: First grade, Mrs. Eddy; high school band, Mr. Rose; and college acting, Dr. Shollenberger.
Favorite teaching memory: In Orlando, a student did not have money to buy me a Christmas gift, so she made me a rag doll in my image. I still have it. I was so touched.
Hobbies: Ballet, Disney, bowling
Interesting fact about yourself: My background includes a 20-year acting career. I started my teaching career in Orlando, Florida. This is my second year in Fort Wayne. My favorite North Side moments are our production of “Beauty and the Beast” in 2019 and our Elvis-themed show choir competition show in 2020.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Take every opportunity they can to perform and never give up. Also, always stay humble and kind.
Recommended by: Sidney Grepke, junior at North Side High School.
Reason for recommendation: “She is the most sincere and caring teacher anyone could ever have. If anyone ever has a difficulty going on at home or at school, she would make it one of her priorities to help you as much as possible. Personally, she has helped me out of the shell I made of myself over singing in front of people.”
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Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email email@example.com.
To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the desired publication date.