School: Eel River Elementary
Grade/subject teaching: First
Education: Bachelors from Indiana University and masters degree from St. Francis College, now known as the University of Saint Francis. She is also National Board Certified.
Years teaching: 34 years
City born and raised: Fort Wayne
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married to Ronald Huttsell and has twin sons, Jacob and Nathaniel
Last book read and what you thought of it: The Otter Spirit by Judith K. Berg. It was about a journey the author made to study the otter. I enjoyed the book as it told of the authors spiritual journey as well as informing me of some factual information about otters that I didnt know.
Favorite class in school: Science
Biggest influence in your decision to become a teacher? My mother was my inspiration as she loved to read and garden and she instilled that love in me. She encouraged me to become a teacher and I love being able to pass my passion about reading and science on to my students.
Nominated by: Jill Eastman, parent
Nomination: Mrs. Huttsell is a wonderful teacher for so many reasons. Mrs. Huttsell cares about her students and works hard to ensure that each child is able to participate in all activities by going out on her own and receiving grants for field trips and other fun activities. She challenges her students to always do their personal best, and she wont accept anything less. She is stern while being loving, caring and nurturing. There are so many wonderful things I could say about Mrs. Huttsell. It really is hard to condense it all into one email. Daily, my child comes home with another story of something that Mrs. Huttsell said or did in class that makes us say how thankful we are to have Mrs. Huttsell as our first grade teacher.
Weisser Park Elementary teacher Erin Bean was recognized for winning the 2013 Fort Wayne Philharmonic Music Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. She will be recognized May 18 during the Philharmonic concert. The award honors excellence in music education and includes a $500 prize to be used for music resources.
Madeline Fairman, a sophomore at Carroll High School, was recently accepted to the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities for the fall of 2013. The Indiana Academy is a residential high school located on the campus of Ball State University for gifted and talented juniors and seniors from across Indiana.
The Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance has awarded four, $1,500 scholarships to area students: Kari Hackely, a 22-year-old nursing student at IPFW; Carmen Krumanaker, a 22-year-old nursing student at Ivy Tech Community College; Matthew Powell, a 29-year-old radiography student at IPFW and Felisha Ziko, a 21-year-old nursing student at IPFW.
East Allen County Schools awarded Renita Peters of Leo Elementary its elementary Teacher of the Year Award, and Benjamin Shappell of Leo Junior-Senior High School its secondary Teacher of the Year Award.
Fort Wayne chapter of Financial Executives International conducted its annual Student Awards Night recently to recognize the outstanding accounting or finance student from each of six area universities. The students who received awards were: Jamon Hammel, Huntington University; Nathan Pratt, Indiana Tech; Emin Afandiyev, IPFW; Benjamin J. Crim, Manchester University; Trevor S. Derby, Trine University; and Zach Baron, University of Saint Francis.
Fifteen students were nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award went to Baily Tom for her internship with OmniSource. Tom is a senior from Monroe, Mich., with a major in business administration-human resources.