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Monday, May 15, 2017 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Kate Walker

School: Cedarville Elementary

Grade or subject teaching: First grade

Education: Bachelor of science in education from IPFW and master of arts in educational technology from Ball State University

Years teaching: 10 years

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I will celebrate 10 years of marriage to my husband, Brent, this summer. We have two children, Anna and Owen.

Last book read: I read many books every day to my students and my children, but the last book that I read for fun was “Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline.

Favorite teacher(s): I have had many great teachers over the course of my schooling, but one always stands out when I think of my favorite. Mrs. Sue Hengl Birck was my fifth-grade teacher at St. John the Baptist in New Haven. She made learning fun, and when I think back to that year, I can't help but smile. To me, that is the mark of a great teacher.

Favorite class in school: Math

Favorite teaching memory: My favorite teaching memory by far was a community project that my 2009-2010 second-grade class launched. Our project was called Blankets for Patients, and once a month we would make blankets for patients in the ICU at Parkview Hospital. Our blanket days would bring in many parents that also wanted to be part of our efforts to give back to our community. During that school year, it was evident that my students learned the importance of helping others when they can and working together for the greater good.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Photography and DIY projects

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Find something that you love and put all that you have into it. This will make the successes along the way that much more rewarding.

Recommended by: Tangie Perdue

Reason for recommendation: “We would like to nominate our daughter's first-grade teacher, Mrs. Walker from Cedarville Elementary. Our baby boy was diagnosed with a rare immune disorder in the beginning of the year. So we had to take our daughter out of school to keep him safe from getting sick until he could be treated. Without being required to do so, Mrs. Walker offered her support in keeping our daughter up with her studies. Mrs. Walker literally went the extra mile and drove schoolwork every week to our house. She also set up a way to have our daughter do video conferencing and participate in class every day. Because of Mrs. Walker, our daughter's education has not suffered when it easily could have in a situation like this.”


• The Fort Wayne Administrative and Professional Association recently presented a $4,000 check to the Fort Wayne Community Schools clothing bank to support its mission of providing students clothes. The association has collected more than $22,000 for the clothing bank over the last seven years.

• FWCS and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana will host the fourth annual STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – conference for girls Saturday at Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass. Cost is $2 and includes a Girl Scout membership. Students can register at their school through today. Contact LaTheresa King at for information.


Anthony Kline, dean of the Franks School of Education, was voted to the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's executive committee. The group sets annual goals for the association, develops and implements policy, and approves budget plans.


Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Northwest Allen County Schools as a Common Sense-certified district in digital citizenship. Additionally, all 10 NACS schools were identified as Common Sense-certified schools, and 245 teachers were recognized for meeting the requirements to be named Common Sense-certified educators.

Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School's fundraiser, Seton Night Live, grossed more than $100,000. Saint Elizabeth's Home and School Association plans to use the special focus funds to expand the blended learning program, buy laptops, laptop carts and improve/add to the school's Wi-Fi.

Financial literacy

Financial Partners Federal Credit Union is working with Banzai, a financial literacy program, to make free curriculum available to Woodburn, Leo-Cedarville, Antwerp, Hoagland and Paulding areas. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget while managing unexpected expenses, interest charges and overdraft fees. The program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs and savings. Teachers interested in using the Banzai program may go to

Grief webinar

A webinar on grief and grieving featuring expert David Kessler is set for May 25 at Visiting Nurse's Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, 5920 Homestead Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and includes a box lunch. Professionals may receive six continuing education units for the seminar. Search David Kessler On Grief & Grieving at to register.

Junior Achievement

More than 130 students on 51 teams from schools including Adams Central, Bellmont, Carroll, Concordia, Huntington, North Side and Norwell participated in Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana's Titan Tournament, a business simulation enabling students to apply economic principles learned in class as they manage a virtual business.

Bishop Luers

Bishop Luers High School senior Blane Cook received the President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country. His service includes participating in an evangelization mission trip to the Dominican Republic and helping coordinate a vacation Bible school at his parish. At Luers, he serves as a Sodalitas service-learning leader, participates in student council and is active with Future Business Leaders of America.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.