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Jeff Roberts helps freshman Nashaly Caldwell-Marrero understand her world studies project at New Tech, out of Wayne High School.

Education Notebook / Teacher Honor Roll

Jeff Roberts

School: New Tech at Wayne High School

Subject teaching: World studies, current events and special topics in history

Education: IPFW, bachelor’s degree in education; Indiana Wesleyan, master’s degree in education

Years teaching: 14

City born and raised: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Wife, Jennifer, of 10 years and two sons, Chase, 8, and Cole, 4

Last book read: “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast

Favorite teacher: Orvil Schlatter at North Side High School

Favorite class in school: Any class dealing with history and especially religious history. My favorite college course was Holocaust Education, taught by Dr. David Linquist

Favorite teaching memory : I enjoy every day teaching at New Tech. My favorite part of everyday is when our students have that aha moment. We allow our students to challenge themselves mentally and academically and those aha moments come every period from our diverse learners. My students have always made me want to come to school over the last 14 years.

Biggest influence to become a teacher: My mother, Barb Roberts. I observed her preschool classroom at Adams Elementary School and instantly wanted to be there for students, both academically and emotionally.

What’s a concept you’ve learned during a professional development activity that you use in the classroom? I attended the New Tech Annual Conference 2013 in New Orleans with six of my colleagues. My focus during the conference was to better my own instruction, but also focus on the culture of New Tech. One of the ideas presented was about student ownership of school goals and visions. I believe relationship building should be the most important focus of a teacher, so that students will see the rigor and relevance in every idea or topic that is presented or any assessment that is given.

Nominated by : Brenda Lowery, parent

Reason for nominatio n: “Jeff Roberts was born to be a teacher. He makes time to connect with each of his students on a personal level. They all know that he truly cares about them and that creates a high level of trust. Because of the genuine care, concern and trust he develops with the kids, he has created a safe learning environment where his students thrive. He does whatever it takes to make sure the kids are learning. I know he’s doing it right, because the kids are so excited about what they’re learning in his classes. Many of the current events that are discussed are not easy to absorb. He handles these situations with the care and sensitivity of a parent.”

– Julie Crothers, The Journal Gazette


•Bishop Luers High School is hosting an open house event on Wednesday. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the open house begins at 6:30 p.m. All interested families are welcome to attend. Register for the event at or call the Bishop Luers Admissions Office 456-1261, ext. 3008.

•Science Central will host its annual fundraising gala Mixology 301: The Science of Cocktails from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridayat 1950 N. Clinton Street. Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple, or $350 for a group of eight tickets.

Dr. Yueming Jia joined Fort Wayne Community Schools on Oct. 22 as the district’s strategic data fellow, a new position in the Strategic Initiative Department. She will help the district ensure teacher evaluations, school improvement plans and student data are properly aligned. Jia’s position is funded by the Teacher Incentive Fund grant the district received last year.

Ivy Tech

Robert Bibbo was named Ivy Tech Northeast’s 2013 New Venture Competition champion. Bibbo won $20,000 to use as start-up funds for his company, American Combat Veteran Clothing. The company provides military-themed clothing and accessories and Bibbo, a 2008-09 Iraq veteran, plans to only hire veterans.

•Marketing and social media strategist, speaker, trainer and LinkedIn expert Anthony Juliano will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, room 1640 Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Ann Travis at 480-4118 or

Grace College

•Grace College & Seminary is preparing to break ground Thursday on an 80-bed townhouse-style dorm that will be completed by August. The dorm will be located at Kings Highway and Seventh Street.

•Grace College and OrthoWorx recently announced open enrollment for the new Medical Device Quality Management Program via Students can enroll online for the MDQM certificate, MDQM bachelor’s degree and MDQM master’s degree with classes set to begin January 2014. Classes will meet each Monday night from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Grace College campus in Winona Lake.

•Metzger Outdoors and the Grace Student Veteran Organization will host the “Nocturnal IV: Feel the Freedom” adventure race on Saturday at Winona Lake in Warsaw. Proceeds from the race will go to Grace College Student Veteran’s Organization, The Beaman Home and a secret recipient. For more information or to register for the event, visit


•Tapestry: A Day for You is dedicated each year to a woman who is a positive role model for women of all ages around the community. The Tapestry dedication committee is accepting nominations for the 2014 honoree through Nov. 15. The nominee should embody the following: balanced life, empowers others, passion for life with a compassion for others, positive attitude, service to the community, strength of character and vision and implementation. For more information,

•The Association of IPFW Women is sponsoring a trip to Chicago on Nov. 9 that will include stops at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, Macy’s on State Street and Water Tower Place Shopping Center. The group will leave from IPFW at 7 a.m. and will return to Fort Wayne about 10 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call Bev Stewart at 485-8724 or 433-6365 or email

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 Julie Crothers at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or emailed to