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Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette
Patricia Gerdom is a second-grade teacher at Waynedale Elementary School.

Teacher honor roll/education notebook



School: Waynedale Elementary

Grade teaching: Second

Education (where you went to school, degrees earned): Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from IPFW

Years teaching: 24

City born and raised: New Haven

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Steve Gerdom and has two daughters, Olivia and Audrey

Last book read and what you thought of it: “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives” by Katie Couric. The book was thought-provoking and inspiring. A person can never have too much wisdom.

Favorite teaching memory: “It was a hectic time right before Christmas break. When I came home that Friday on the start of break, I received a letter in the mail from a little girl in my class who had moved away a few years before. She said she was moving again and found a note I had written her, and she wanted to let me know how she remembered and appreciated me. It made me cry to think how much I impacted her life. The little things can add up to big things in someone’s life.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Grube, my third-grade teacher at Central Lutheran Elementary. She was a tough teacher, but her energy and high expectations helped me to achieve my best

Nominated by: Lisa Cour, parent

Nomination: “My daughter has been attending (Waynedale Elementary) since kindergarten, and she has come home many times this year stating that this is her best year yet! Mrs. Gerdom makes it fun for these kids. She has fun little incentives for completing homework etc. She actually helps the kids celebrate different holidays. She has had an effect on our daughter wanting to continue learning outside of school. Thank you, Mrs. Gerdom, for making learning and coming to school fun for these students!”


•Thurgood Marshall Leadership Academy, 2313 Hanna St., will host an open house and kindergarten roundup 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

•Smith Academy for Excellence is accepting enrollment applications for students in grades four through 10 for next year. Parents and guardians can fill out enrollment forms online at or at the school, 725 W. Washington Blvd.


•Two teams from Canterbury School will be advancing to the National Finals in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Washington, D.C., on May 11.

Ian Bercaw, an eighth-grader at Woodside Middle School, placed second in the state final for the National Geography Bee on March 29. The championship round went to a triple tie-breaker before the final winner was determined.


•Questa Foundation for Education is accepting applications for the 2013 Questa Scholars Program. The Questa Scholars Program is designed to ease the financial burden of a college education for high school seniors and college freshmen who meet the qualifications of the program. Applications are available online at Application deadline is May 1.

Dusty Gremaux of Decatur and Madison Seifert of Auburn were selected to IPFW Chapman Scholars program. Damon Gerber of Bluffton was selected as the 2013-2014 Doermer Distinguished Scholar. To be eligible for either of these awards, the student must first be a recipient of a Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship and then must take part in the Summit Scholars competition.

Itzel Barron from Fort Wayne, Christiana Hicks from Fort Wayne and Olivia Knispel from Churubusco were awarded the Horizon Leadership Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Horizon Leadership Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and room and board for the recipients for up to 10 semesters.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech announced Douglas Clark has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and professor of education. He will begin his duties at Indiana Tech on May 6. Clark has spent the past five years at Indiana Wesleyan University, most recently as associate dean in the College of Adult and Professional Studies. He previously held positions at National-Louis University.


•A group of Trine University students recently won a competition during the North Central Regional Student Conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at the University of Cincinnati. Trine students beat seven other teams to take first place in Chemical Engineering Jeopardy.

•Visitors are invited to Trine University’s annual Engineering Design Expo on Friday. Senior students in the Allen School of Engineering & Technology will show or demonstrate their projects from 1 to 3 p.m. in Fawick Hall on the first and second floors. Projects range from new or improved designs for existing items to robots to a hands-free shower system.

Education Notebook listings appear on Mondays. To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893; or email sarah. at least two weeks before desired publication.