School: Franke Park
Grade/Subject teaching: First grade
Education: North Side High School, IPFW and Indiana Wesleyan, with a master’s degree in education
Years teaching: 15 years teaching seventh, sixth, fourth and now, first grades
City born, raised and current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married with two wonderful children, a boy and a girl
Last book read: “The Power of Our Words”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Nordlin at North Side (algebra teacher)
Favorite classes in school: Art and math
Favorite teaching memory: I love the growth that many first-graders make. They go from making sounds of letters to reading books. Also, when adults that I had for middle school math tell me that my class was the first time they really understood how to do math – that makes me so happy.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future ? I grew up fairly poor. I worked three jobs and it took me seven years to get through college paying for it myself. What your life is now is not what your life needs to be in the future. You can be anything you want to be if you are willing to work for it.
Nominated by: Jennifer Willard, parent
Reason for nomination: I am so happy to nominate my son’s first-grade teacher, Mrs. Kim Hartman of Franke Park Elementary. She has, and continues, to go above and beyond her duties with my child. She truly cares about her students. She helped my son through emotional obstacles. I am so grateful. I know he’s in understanding and kind hands at school. She is humble and deserves commendation.
•The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again award college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. There will be about 40 $500 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state. Applications are due April 1. Contact Shelley Lyon at 449-7535 for an application.
•The Fort Wayne Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute will award scholarships to two high school seniors who plan on pursuing a college or university education this year whose self, parent or caregiver is a current APRI member. Applications are due June 1. For more information, to make a donation or to request an application, contact Scholarship Committee member Rachel Bennett Steury at firstname.lastname@example.org or 837-8938.
•Questa Education Foundation congratulates Questa Scholars on their recent college graduation: Grace College graduates Alyssa Johnson and Sydney Pritchard; University of Saint Francis graduate Abigail Christian; Indiana University graduate Dillon Olney; and Purdue University graduate Robert Slocum.
•Five schools were sponsored by American Legion Post 82 for a flag etiquette contest. The five participating schools were Franke Park Elementary, Lindley Elementary, Study Elementary Most Precious Blood and Saint Paul Lutheran School. The Post winners were Mark F. McKissak and Alaina Linnemeier of Saint Paul Lutheran School. Linnemeier won at the district and state level and was awarded $1,000.
•IPFW announced the 2014 book club dates for the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” program. All meetings will be held at the IPFW Helmke Library and are free and open to the public. Events include: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel with speaker Michael Spath; 6 to 8 p.m. March 28 “A Quiet Revolution” by Leila Ahmed with speakers Noor Borbieva and Assem Nasr; 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 “The Butterfly Mosque” by G. Willow Wilson with speaker Farah Combs.
•IPFW will host two upcoming open houses for prospective students of the IPFW Accelerated MBA Program: Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center and March 11 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at IPFW’s Kettler Hall, room 227. Registrations can be made by calling 481-5449.
•Michael Dinges, an engraver who is pushing creative boundaries as a “new media” artist, will be the guest speaker for the Closer Look lecture series at the University of Saint Francis North Campus, 2702 Spring St., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
•The Student Nurses Association of the University of Saint Francis is asking local residents participate in the Cougar Chill from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to raise funds for Hoosier Burn Camp, an expense-free summer camp for young men and women who have experiences injuries from burns. For more information, call 399-7700, ext. 8512.
•The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis will present their annual spring