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Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette
Ward Education Center teacher Amy Wheeler is this week’s Teacher Honor Roll recipient.

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Amy Wheeler

School: Ward Education Center

Grade/subject teaching: Freshman and sophomore English and academic support for grades nine through 12

Education: Bachelor’s degree in special education from Grace College

Years teaching: 2

City born: Grand Rapids, Mich.

City raised: Wayland, Mich.

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married

Last book read and what you thought of it: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss is an excellent book. I’d highly recommend everyone read it! Even high school students can relate to Dr. Seuss’ style and wit.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Brewer was my high school cross-country coach and mentor. She always encouraged me to set high goals and celebrate the small victories along the way!

Favorite teaching memory: So far, some of my favorite teaching memories have been working with high school students one-on-one, seeing them take the initiative to become better readers and writers. Through all the obstacles that they have to overcome, I am very proud of the students who choose not to keep focusing on the past, but instead strive to reach their goals of graduating, getting a job, earning a spot on their favorite athletic team, applying to colleges or technical schools or helping their families through difficult times.

Nominated by: students Ivan Rangal, Courtney Woods, Tyshawn Delaney and Quantrell London

Nomination: “Mrs. Wheeler is a cool, laid back and fun teacher to learn from. She makes it easy to understand the lesson she is trying to teach us.” – Rangal

“I like Mrs. Wheeler because she is a laid back but structured teacher that we can talk to about anything.” – Woods

“Society associates Ward with us being bad, but we’re not. We make mistakes just like anyone else, and we have people like Mrs. Wheeler who never judges and is always in our corner. She wants us to succeed. When she sees that we are having a hard time, she always pulls us aside to have an encouraging talk with us and motivates us more.” – Delaney

“Mrs. Wheeler goes out of her way to help us on work and lets us stay after to get more assistance.” – London


•All area high school students and their parents are invited to attend a college fair at Homestead High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. More than 80 four- and two-year colleges, universities and vocational schools as well as representatives from the armed services are expected to attend. Junior and senior students will have a chance to win a $200 scholarship.

•Carroll High School’s Parent University College Fair will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Area high school and middle school students and their parents are invited to attend. More than 75 college, vocational, technical, military and financial aid representatives will be available to discuss their programs and answer questions.


•Homestead High School’s science club received first place in the Rube Goldberg contest held in Columbus, Ohio, on March 2. Team members were Brooke Adams, Parker Angelos, Daniel Clark, Natalie Hawken, Jason Ivanovic, Weishan Liao, Wei-Lin Liao, Melissa Marks, Stephen Mattson, Anna Tatara and Jeremy Tatara. The contest is designed to “encourage critical thinking and problem solving in a non-traditional learning environment.” They competed against 16 teams from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, and their machine, “Space Exploration,” will advance to the national competition.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech’s admissions office will host an early registration day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at the Fort Wayne campus. The event offers students admitted to the traditional program for fall 2013 the opportunity to meet with advisers, take a tour of campus, schedule their classes, get student ID pictures taken, and complete any necessary financial aid paperwork. Students who have not yet applied should contact the admissions office at 260-422-5561 or 800-937-2448, ext. 3103, or visit


•The office of alumni relations is joining six other northeast Indiana alumni associations in the 13th Annual Easter Basket Collection, which is under way through March 25. The Northeast Indiana Alumni Directors Consortium (NIADC) hopes to collect 1,500 baskets to donate to SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), which will them distribute them to clients. At IPFW, baskets can be dropped off at the Kettler Hall Information Desk, the Walb Student Union Information Desk or at the Alumni Center.

Saint Francis

•The photo exhibit “Memoria: Assisi and the Jews, 1943-1944” will be open for public viewing in the North Campus foyer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17-22. The exhibit will occur in tandem with a lecture and book signing by Father Andre Cirino, co-author of “Three Heroes of Assisi in World War II: Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, Colonel Valentin Muller and Don Aldo Brunacci,” at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the North Campus auditorium.

The exhibit and associated lecture are free and open to the public through sponsorship by the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, the USF Center for Franciscan Spirit and Life and the university’s history department.

Taylor University

•The Taylor University Ethics Bowl appeared in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl as the Central States Regional champion for the second time in the past three years. The three teams Taylor sent to the regional won and finished third and fourth.

Do you have a favorite teacher? Please send us your nominations, including the teacher’s name, school, school district and grade/subject taught as well as your name, phone number and reason for your nomination. Nominations can be sent to Sarah Janssen at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or emailed to