School: Arlington Elementary, FWCS
Grade/Subject teaching: Fifth grade
Education: Bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Ball State University
City born: Decatur
City raised: Rural Wells County
Current hometown: Bluffton
Family: Married, one son and four grandchildren
Last book read: “Reign of Error” by Diane Ravitch
Favorite teacher: Mr. Larry Garton, sixth grade, Lancaster Central Elementary, Wells County
Favorite class in school: Social studies
Favorite teaching memory: After working with students for a year, having parents tell me how much better they are doing the next year or telling me that their child was so excited about how they were doing in school this year and that “Mr. Gerber would be so proud of them.”
Biggest influence to become a teacher: Having teachers who loved and cared about their students, helped their students through problems and made learning enjoyable.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Dare to dream and always work toward that dream. Don’t give up on yourself, because I will never give up on you. I am always here to help you, you will always be one of my kids.
Nominated by: Jagger Clayton
Nomination: “Mr. Gerber is more than just a teacher. He really cares for all of his students and doesn’t just teach us, he mentors us. Mr Gerber comes in early every day and stays late, so if anyone needs help he is available to help them before or after school. He always makes time if you need him. Once you are a student of Mr. Gerber’s you are his student until you graduate high school; even after you move to other grades he stays connected. I am in middle school now and have seen Mr. Gerber go to sporting events to encourage and cheer on kids not only in his class but other former students. He even tells us to email him if we need anything, questions, help with homework or just to say hi.
•Canterbury School will host the Canterbury 5th Grade Scholar Challenge from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the school, 5601 Covington Road. For more information and to register, call Krista Lohmar at 407-3553, ext. 2007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.canterburyschool.org/challenge.
•Canterbury School will host a Kindergarten Open House at 9 a.m. Thursday at the school, 5601 Covington Road. Parents will be able to meet the kindergarten teachers, visit classes and tour the facilities. Please RSVP at email@example.com or 407-3553.
•Bishop Luers High School will host the Annual Trivia Knight from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 28 in the gymnasium. Table reservations for 10 adults is $100 and seating is limited to 55 tables. Beer, wine and margaritas will be available for purchase and soft drinks and water are complimentary. Bring your own food and snacks. Scholarships can be purchased for $50 and your name or the company name will appear at the top of each round sheet and be on the screen throughout the evening. For reservations, call Trish Scheible at 625-5605.
•Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning recently announced that the scholarship fund created by Fort Wayne’s MKM architecture & design will be used to support an annual design competition for all third year architecture students to consider innovative concepts centered around enhancing health and wellness through design. Awards will total $4,000 annually. MKM has offered a student scholarship since 1993. For more information, visit MKMdesign.com or call 422-0783.
•For the fourth consecutive year, graduates of the University of Saint Francis physician assistant master’s degree program achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants.
•The University of Saint Francis will host the American Mathematics Competition for students in grades 9 to 12 on Tuesday in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and the 75-minute test will follow. To register for the competition, contact Carolyn Exner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 399-8067. Additional practice materials are available online at amc.maa.org.