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Wayne High School teacher Allie Landrum works with students Jesse Martinez, right, and Jason Reibs.

Teacher honor roll/education notebook

Allie Landrum

School: Wayne High School

Grade/Subject teaching: Nine through 12, special education

Education (where you went to school, degrees earned): Bachelor’s degree in physical education from University of Kentucky; master’s in health and master’s in special education from IPFW

Years teaching: 25

City born: Hazard, Ky.

City raised: Krypton, Ky.

Current hometown: Huntington

Last book read: “Codependent No More” by Melody Beattie

Favorite teacher: Jane Leatherman, IPFW professor

Favorite teaching memory: When all of our 60 (special education) students got up on the stage in the Wayne auditorium and performed in the spring talent show. It brought tears of joy to my eyes to see them having so much fun and showing the school how much confidence they had gained to perform in front of the school. They worked hard on their acts, and it showed in their performance!

Nominated by: Jesse Martinez, student

Nomination: Jesse said Ms. Landrum helps all her students every day and has helped him by teaching him how to make it on his own. He enjoys coming to school every day because he gets to see his No. 1 teacher, Ms. Landrum. He said she is like a second mother to him and her other students. “When I am sick, she makes me happy … or when I need someone to talk to. Ms. Landrum needs to be honored for her hard work in life. I want to thank my No. 1 teacher in the world,” he said.


•Indiana University has selected Canterbury High School senior Emily Tallo as a 2013 Herbert Presidential Scholar. As part of the award, Tallo will receive full tuition and room and board for four years, a laptop computer, a stipend for study abroad during her junior or senior year and unique opportunities for research, internship and community service. She will meet with the president of Indiana University each year and have opportunities to interact closely with campus chancellors, vice presidents and nationally known speakers, scholars and special guests. Tallo is the second Canterbury student to be selected as a Herbert Presidential Scholar.

•Concordia Lutheran High School senior Heidi Gottschalk is the recipient of one of five full-tuition scholarships awarded to incoming Concordia University, Chicago freshmen. The Presidential Honors Scholarship is awarded to students based on outstanding academic performance and a score of at least 30 or more on the ACT. This scholarship is renewable for all four years of attendance.


•Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has extended the deadline for the Robert C. Batchelder Scholarship to May 6. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average and major in the dental field at IPFW. To apply, please visit

Grace College

•Grace College Fort Wayne is having an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 23 at 1027 W. Rudisill Blvd., Suite 101. Through the Weber School, Grace College Fort Wayne, students can earn an associates degree in either liberal arts or general business. Register by calling 260-469-4070 or online at

Ivy Tech

•Science educator and international speaker Sam Rhine will present “The New Era in Human Genetics: The Inheritance of Common Human Conditions” from 5:30 to 7 p.m on Wednesday at Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus in the auditorium, room CC1200.

Saint Francis

•High school students and their parents or adult supporters are invited to explore the university during Spring Campus Visit Day on April 6. Visit Day participants can meet faculty members, discuss financial aid, investigate academic programs, tour the campus and discover possibilities for involvement in USF’s 16 intercollegiate athletic programs. Activities, including a light lunch and mini-fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon. To reserve Spring Campus Visit Day space online visit For more information, call 399-8000 or 800-729-4732.

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