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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne Community Schools' Tyler Sellhorn was nominated by a student for Teacher Honor Roll.

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  • Courtesy Luers has honored Robert Heiny, left, and Bruce Keller.

Monday, October 08, 2018 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Tyler Sellhorn

School: Towles New Tech

Grade or subject teaching: Algebra I facilitator (eighth-grade math and science)

Education: Taylor University: Upland

Years teaching: 12 years

City born: St. Louis Park, Minnesota (I was raised in Rockford, Michigan)

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I am proud to be Brooke (Minnear) Sellhorn's husband. She is the clinical director of counselor education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Brad, 7, and Tim, 7, are second-graders at Croninger Elementary; Jillian, 4, and Rebecca, 3, are in prekindergarten and preschool at Good Shepherd.

Last book read: “Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown

Favorite teachers: Bob Wells and Kyle Kennett

Favorite class in school: Multimedia and TV studio

Favorite teaching memory: I love to celebrate graduation, and I especially like to give a high-five and an enthusiastic “well done” to students who were not as well behaved in class. Those students sometimes struggle to trust adults and occasionally the hard facade melts when they realize that I really meant it when told them, “I care about you.”

Favorite extracurricular activity: I have had the opportunity to play and coach competitive American football for 22 years. (Player: two in middle school, four in high school, four in college. Coach: one season each at Chicago Hope Academy and Fort Wayne South; I am in my 10th season with the Snider football program and my first with Towles football.) I love all sports and activities that have large fields and lots of participants (soccer, marching band, etc.).

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Your education credentials are very important, but just as important are the relationships you will form with people in your profession. Be an active networker because you never know when you will need to call on your career connections.

Recommended by: Cole Trammell, who nominated Sellhorn before he transferred from Snider to Towles.

Reason for recommendation: “Mr. Sellhorn loves Fridays. If you walk past his classroom you better expect a high-five and music! When he's not teaching, he's the technology director for football, which he loves his Snider Panthers! I had him for math last year, and I struggle at math. He helped me understand it and now I enjoy math. He's just an all-around amazing person and loves helping kids succeed.”


• Concordia Theological Seminary will host two events for people to learn about their prospective vocations. Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit, Oct. 17 to 20, is open to career men, women and college students who cannot make it to Christ Academy: College the following week. Register at Christ Academy: College is for college students interested in the office of holy ministry or diaconal service and the scripturally rich theological education offered at the seminary. Register at The events are free and open to spouses and fiancés/fiancées. For more information, contact the admission office at or 800-481-2155.

• The next Allen County Retired Educators meeting is 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Umi Fort Wayne, 2912 Getz Road. Send reservations to Mary Jo Purvis at


• Blessings in a Backpack, the locally supported nutrition program that provides food for students each weekend, is expanding to Study Elementary School this year. This is the first expansion of the program since 2012. The program began at Fort Wayne Community Schools in 2007. With the addition of Study's nearly 300 students, the program will serve about 2,000 children in FWCS.

Grants, scholarships

• TLC Preschool at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn received $27,400 from Early Learning Indiana. The award will support the installation of a fire alarm system, the addition of anti-scald valves to sinks, new classroom materials and costs associated with employee background checks.

• INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing launched a Rising Star scholarship program. Two awards will be granted to post-secondary students who show promise and excellence in the business and engineering fields of study. Applications are due Nov. 30. Go to for details.

Bishop Luers

• Bishop Luers High School announced Bruce Keller, class of 1966, received the 2018 Distinguished Knight Award, and Robert Heiny, the first basketball coach for the freshmen team, received the 2018 Honorary Distinguished Knight Award.


• Beginning this year, Manchester University students can major in global health. The new major focuses on health issues in the nation and around the world. Along with forming a foundation for graduate or professional school, the major is applicable for multiple careers, including community health administrator, community health worker, consultant, disaster relief support technician, health educator, health services manager, pharmaceutical sales, policy analyst, public health advocate and research coordinator. Professor Jeff Osborne is program director.


Sarah Franzen has been named assistant vice president of accreditation at Trine University.

Tuition assistance

• Kenzie Academy in Indianapolis is offering tuition assistance of up to $12,000 to Harrison College students admitted to one of Kenzie's three programs. Application deadline is Dec. 1. Go to for information.


• Warsaw Community Schools has launched a communications app that can send parents classroom updates, activity alerts and school and district notifications. Go to to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app for Apple and Android devices or use the web-based version from an internet browser. The service is free.

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.