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Monday, July 09, 2018 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Amy Brown

School: Arlington Elementary

Grade teaching: Third grade

Education: Proud student of FWCS since 1966; bachelor's degree from Ball State University; master's from Indiana University

Years teaching: 34 years at Arlington Elementary

City born: Garrett

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Scott Brown, teacher at New Tech Academy; adult sons Kyle and Reed

Recent book read: “In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It” by Lauren Graham

Favorite teachers: Ms. Walts and Ms. Toffolo at Franke Park Elementary; Mrs. Dick at Franklin Junior High; Mr. Morris and Mr. King at North Side High School

Favorite class in school: Reading and humanities

Favorite teaching memory: I have 34 years of great memories. I strive to make learning fun. I love having former students come to visit and remind me of something they learned and remembered about third grade.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Travel. We are traveling to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies this summer. I also enjoy walking my dog for exercise and fun.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Keep learning! Travel and enjoy life! Be happy! Be kind!

Recommended by: Briana Derrow

Reason for recommendation: “Mrs. Brown is the most wonderful, engaged teacher. She truly cares about her students and goes the extra mile to show how special they are to her. She's been nothing but a joy to deal with as a parent, and our student has never loved school as much as she has this (past) year. My only wish is that we could take her with us into fourth grade!” 


• Bluffton Harrison Middle School is among 20 middle schools joining the Indiana Career Explorer Pilot Program for the upcoming academic year. The program is designed for eighth-graders to use all components of the Indiana Career Explorer tool. Original participants, including Heritage Junior-Senior High School, will remain active in the program.

Indiana Tech

Dan G. Grigg will start July 23 as vice president for institutional advancement. He has served as vice president of development and alumni relations at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, since 2016.

• Indiana Tech named Lisa D. Givan as associate vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer following a nationwide search to fill the new post. She starts July 18 and comes from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where she most recently served as associate director of diversity training.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College advanced 25,887 students with transfer credits to four-year higher education institutions during the 2016-17 academic year, a 3 percent increase in total transfer students from the previous year. Of those who transferred credits, 39 percent were in Ivy Tech's Dual Credit program and completed Ivy Tech coursework while still in high school. Indiana University-Bloomington was the largest recipient of transfer students with 4,953 students. Other top recipients were Purdue University-West Lafayette, 3,729 students; IUPUI, 3,321 students; Ball State University, 2,241 students; and the University of Southern Indiana, 1,106 students.

• Ivy Tech and Vincennes University will begin a new partnership fall semester. It lets students complete their first two years and earn an associate degree at Ivy Tech before earning a Vincennes bachelor's degree in homeland security and public safety two years later – for full-time students. Students accepted by Vincennes into the program will transfer with junior status. Part-time options will be available.

• Anthony Ramey, assistant professor of business administration, received a 2018 President's Award from the college.

• Express Enrollment Day is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 20. In Fort Wayne, the event will be in the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive. The Warsaw site is 2545 Silveus Crossing. Enrollment experts will be available to answer questions and help prospective students with enrollment steps, including assessment, financial aid and advising. Students should bring their SAT/ACT/PSAT scores, high school transcript, college transcript, or take the ACCUPLACER if needed. Those taking the ACCUPLACER should arrive before 11 a.m. because the test can take up to three hours. Those intending to use financial aid need to file a 2018-19 FAFSA and bring a 2016 tax return information. Go to to learn more or RSVP.

Saint Francis

• The University of Saint Francis received a $12,636 Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship grant from a division of Health and Human Services for its certified registered nurse anesthesia program. Funds will be used for 2018-19 traineeships for second-year students. The inaugural certified registered nurse anesthesia class began courses in fall 2017.

• Formula for Life, a student group, received a Rotary District Grant to buy goats and fencing for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage in Haiti. Biology professor Amy Obringer, an Anthony Wayne Rotary member, authored the grant. Nearly one in three Haitians are considered food insecure, and women and children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition. The goats will provide nutrition for the orphans and for neighborhood children as the herd grows.


• Recent Carroll High School graduate and incoming IUPUI Honors College student Tanner Blankenship received the Chancellor's Scholarship. It provides $8,000 annually for up to four years of study and a $2,500 stipend toward a study abroad experience. Blankenship plans to major in biomedical engineering.

Melanie G. Watson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, received a $1,000 microgrant from the elevate northeast Indiana Farnsworth Fund. Her company, Blaire Biomedical, is developing a handheld device that performs multiple blood tests in real time when linked to a smartphone. The funds will support a provisional patent and the cost of an intern.

• Edgewood Middle School students Geoffrey Hochstetler, Jason Benyousky, Keller Bailey and Ryun Hoffert received the Civil War History Prize at the National History Day contest. The Warsaw group was the only northeast Indiana winner.

Mason Sell of South Adams High School; Eric Taylor of the Impact Institute in Kendallville; and Corey Flesher of Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy were medalists in the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Sell won silver in CNC milling. Taylor and Flesher got bronze for CNC technician and electrical construction wiring, respectively.

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.