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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Lincoln Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Karen Brumbaugh works with Janasia Williams on her pioneer research project.

Monday, June 11, 2018 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Karen Brumbaugh

School: Lincoln Elementary

Grade teaching: Fourth grade

Education: Bachelor's degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement from Indiana University South Bend.

Years teaching: 22

City born: San Diego

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: My husband is Matt Brumbaugh, and I have two daughters, Jensen, 19, and Kendall, 17. My very grumpy Himalayan, Harley, just turned 17.

Last book read: Classroom: “Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories” (Julian's chapter) by R.J. Palacio. Currently reading: “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander (poetry) and “The Journal of Jedediah Barstow/An Emigrant on the Oregon Trail” by Ellen Levine. Home: “The New One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.

Favorite teacher(s): In elementary, my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Bachelor (Jacksonville, North Carolina). Middle school, my social studies teacher, Mrs. Wise (Jefferson). High school, Mr. Buzz Doerffler (Northrop).

Favorite class in school: In high school, my favorite class was Mr. Dvorak's physics class. It was really challenging, but he made learning fun! Having great lab partners just added to the fun.

Favorite teaching memory: Everytime I close a book that I'm reading to my class and they groan ... “NOOOOOO don't stop reading!!!!!” Melts my heart every time. It never gets old hearing how much they love reading and love being read to.

Favorite extracurricular activity: I love photography and scrapbooking all of my girls' memories.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future?

Whatever is worth doing ... is worth doing well.

Recommended by: Former student Jessica Crawford, now 26

Reason for recommendation: “On top of being an amazing teacher, she does more than teach math, science and reading. She teaches her students how to maintain friendships, how to stay true to yourself, to always be honest and always do what's right. All these years later, and 90 percent of our class are still friends. We all keep in touch, and Mrs. Brumbaugh continues maintaining relationships with us, her students. I am always amazed when I see the great things she is doing with her current class. And I am beyond amazed at how she balances doing so many things for her classroom, raising two (active in sports) daughters, and having time to support her husband and his team! (He's the baseball coach at Northrop.) ... Words just can't express how important she is to FWCS.” 


• Students from Defiance College's Service Leadership Program spent their spring break helping a family affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They collaborated with SBP, a disaster recovery agency, and the United Church of Christ Volunteer in Disaster Recovery Program to work with a homeowner in Bayville, New Jersey. The students spent several days hanging drywall in the damaged house.


• Fort Wayne's first Wildflower Montessori School, Alyssum Montessori School, will begin serving children Sept. 4 at 916 S. Calhoun St. Go to for more information.


• The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne partnered with Indiana Michigan Power to offer 13 students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades the opportunity to further their STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math. The six-week program included hands-on, three-dimensional computer programming and lessons about electricity, electrical wiring and electrical safety. The partnership was part of the clubs' new SPARK – Special Pathways for At Risk Kids – program to expose members to job and career options available after graduation.

Recognitions, scholarships

• Claypool Elementary of Warsaw Community Schools was recognized by K-12 education company Solution Tree as a model Professional Learning Community at Work. Professional Learning Communities are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved student learning is ongoing, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. Model schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies.

• The following Shambaugh Elementary School students wrote haikus that will appear in the latest “Young American Poetry Digest:” Annabelle McDevitt-Spall, Rachelle Steele, Ava Ulewicz, Jillian Marden, Amore McClendon, Aniyah Lattimore, Reid Setser, Reace Yeiter and Elise Robles.

• These Snider High School journalism students won awards in the Ball State University Journalism Day contests: Noah Snyder, Georgie Manges, Leah Van Zant, Jess Badyna and Grace McCormick. McCormick also placed in the Woman's Press Club of Indiana contest.

• A seventh-grade team from Memorial Park Middle School placed first in Indiana and third of 320 projects in the 11-state region in the eCYBERMISSION National Science Competition. Each team member – Fiona Gochtovtt-Stine, Grace Gillie, Hannah Offhaus and Audrey Woodruff – received a $2,000 savings bond.

• Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy students Savannah Wood and Giselle Serrato placed first and third, respectively, in the Health Occupations Students of America's State Leadership Awards.

• Nine FWCS Career Academy students placed first in the Indiana SkillsUSA competitions, qualifying them to compete at the National Conference in June. Winners were Jaquez Swift, Corey Flesher, Preston Barnwell, Eric Hartman, Justin Gardner, Jaden Gibson, Gabe Larsen, Macy Butler and Terrence Smith.

• MedPro Group received Indiana Tech's 2018 Outstanding Internship Program and Supervisor award, which is presented annually to a company whose internship program provides purpose-driven positions with valuable professional experience.

• Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus and Brooks Construction Co. Inc. have partnered to offer scholarships for four Heavy Highway classes to Ivy Tech students. Once students complete the classes and an internship, they will be eligible to work for Brooks on jobs such as paving, earthwork and bridge building. Contact Ryan Voorhees at or 260-480-4114 for more information.

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.