School: Leo Elementary
Grade teaching: Fifth grade
Education: Bachelor's from University of Saint Francis and master's from Indiana Wesleyan University
Years teaching: 14 years
City born: Auburn
Current hometown: Leo-Cedarville
Family: Married to Justin Zeisloft, and we have five children: Brenden (18), Masen (15), Kamden (12), Jensen (9) and Koen (7)
Last book read: In my classroom, “Spirit of Endurance” by Jennifer Armstrong, and for pleasure, “Release My Grip” by Kami Gilmour
Favorite teacher(s): There are so many I could mention! Connie Bowman was my high school algebra and trigonometry teacher, and what set her apart was that she was not going to give up ... on any student. We were going to learn what she was teaching. She believed in every single one of us, and we all knew it. To this day, I know she is one of my biggest fans.
Favorite class in school: I loved U.S. history in high school.
Favorite teaching memory: There are countless daily events that happen in my classroom that I wish to never forget. I don't think I could pick just one that is my favorite, but I do keep a file of notes, cards, drawings and other special things that I have been given over the years. These are priceless to me because they recognize and remind me of the investment, energy, tears, laughter, love and dedication to all of the children that have spent a year with me growing and learning. My favorite part about teaching is the relationships I've developed with my students and their families.
Favorite extracurricular activity: I love spending time with my husband and our children. Our family enjoys attending sporting events, taking road trips and playing games.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future?
Whatever you decide to do, do your best – give it all you've got! Hard work always pays off, and you will never regret pushing yourself to perform at the top.
Recommended by: Student Lauren Cieslinski
Reason for recommendation: “Whenever we have a test determining a percentage of our grade, no matter how small that percentage, she prepares us for it. ... When Mrs. Zeisloft has us work on assignments, she has us work independently and together. This prepares us for the real world after college when we start our jobs. Mrs. Zeisloft doesn't just teach us how to do this and that, she gets involved in our lives. ... When she teaches us things she ties real life lessons into the lesson. ... She makes sure we get the most out of our day. Mrs. Zeisloft treats us like responsible adults, which shows us she trusts us. If she teaches us a concept and we don't understand, she will ... work with us one-on-one until we understand it and can do it forward and backwards. ... Mrs. Zeisloft is truly the most unique and understanding teacher I will ever have.”
• Students in the University of Saint Francis' physical therapist assistant program will present health information and wellness tips from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education. The public is welcome.
• Trine University's spring 2018 Humanities Symposia begins Tuesday with a presentation about a physician and chieftain in Iceland during the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Each of the six symposiums, which run through April 3, begins at 3:30 p.m. in Wells Theatre in Taylor Hall on the Angola campus. They are free and open to the public. For more information, contact assistant professor Jeanette Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Huntington University Foundation breakfast set for 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday will focus on the latest developments of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. It will be held in the Dowden Science Building and will include a tour of the Ware Plant Science Production Facility. Cost is $10, with first-time attendees receiving a complimentary breakfast. Go to www.huntington.edu/FoundationRSVP to RSVP or contact Jan Yost at 260-359-4046 or email@example.com.
• The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will host a visual arts workshop for high school students and teachers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center at the main campus off Leesburg Road. Each student will participate in one of eight sessions with a faculty member. Cost is $15 and lunch is provided. Call 260-399-8064 for more information.
• Grace College's Career Connections Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake. It is open to all for-profit and nonprofit companies. Go to www.grace.edu for more information or contact Randy Polston at 574-372-5100 ext. 6416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Zumbathon 2018, a fundraiser for Fort Wayne Community Schools' Study Connection, is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. Registration is $20 at the door. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. No previous Zumba experience is required.
• Andrew Bell, the engineering department chair at Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus, will be published in a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Advanced Technological Education Program, which provides education in high-technology fields and is funded by the National Science Foundation. His was one of 24 projects selected for inclusion in the book.
Grants and recognitions
• The Warsaw Area Career Center received a $1,000 grant from DuPont Pioneer for its continued implementation of the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education.
• The American School Counselor Association has designated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School as a Recognized ASCA Model Program. The honor recognizes schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Saint Elizabeth will be honored at a ceremony in Los Angeles in July.
• The Institute for Quality Education announced Bishop Luers High School alumna Reyna Rodriguez was one of five winners of the inaugural My School Choice Story video contest. Winners received a $100 gift card.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the desired publication date.