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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Cameron Kinsey teaches kindergarten at Southwick Elementary School.

  • Kinsey says his favorite teaching memories are his students’ achievements.

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  • McKetta

Monday, January 28, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Cameron Kinsey

School: Southwick Elementary School

Grade teaching: Kindergarten

Education: Bachelor's in education from IPFW

Years teaching: 2.5 years

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: New Haven

Family: Ashley Kinsey (wife), Randy and Sheila Kinsey (parents)

Last book read: “Playing the Game” by Babe Ruth

Favorite teacher(s): Professor Barry Kanpol, Professor Terri Swim and Doug Ahr

Favorite class in school: Social studies and biology

Favorite teaching memory: I have many great memories from my short time in the education field. It can be as simple as the excitement my students get from reading their first book or tying their shoe. I believe my fondest moments would always be watching my students achieve in any possible way. Watching the joy that comes over a student when they achieve something is simply incredible!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Exercise at the gym and playing basketball

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future?: Never give up! Always work hard and give it your best. If you should get knocked down, get back up and work twice as hard! Failure is your greatest opportunity to grow!

Recommended by: Principal Diamond Robinson

Reason for recommendation: For his outstanding growth as a teacher since he has been at Southwick. 


• University of Saint Francis will have T. Alexander Giltner, assistant professor of theology, speak about “What is Truth? The Christian Nature of Reality” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Brookside Ballroom, 2701 Spring St. The lecture is free and part of the philosophy/theology spring lecture series.

Joe Martin, an award-winning speaker, university professor and author, will join choirs from Fort Wayne's Pilgrim Baptist Church and Angola High School for Trine University's 28th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The free event is set for 7 p.m. Friday in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts on the Angola campus.

• Concordia Lutheran High School will host a 24-hour theater festival next month. Students will have 24 hours to write, direct and stage the premiere of several short plays. Work will begin 7 p.m. Feb. 8 with shows beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

• Northwest Allen County Schools will celebrate the first graduating class of Carroll High School, the Class of 1969, on Feb. 15 with a meal prepared by culinary students. All graduates of Arcola, Carroll and Huntertown high schools are invited. Cost is free for 1969 graduates and $10 for all other alumni and guests. Door 13 will open at 5 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Carroll cafeteria.

Guests also may attend that night's varsity boys basketball game. Go to for more information, including a link to RSVP.


• Applications for the Indiana Department of Transportation's 2019 Paint the Plow campaign are due March 15. Middle and high schools may participate in the community outreach program, which is designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT's winter operations year-round. Go to for details.

• Teachers may enter to win a Hess Toy Truck STEM Kit for their classrooms through Feb. 15. Go to

• Entries for the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest are due Feb. 14. Students in grades K-2 compete in the manuscript, or print, category while students in grades K-8 compete in cursive. Go to for details.

Recognitions, scholarships

• Concordia Lutheran High School is seeking nominations for its alumni awards through Thursday. Click on the “Alumni Awards” link under the “Alumni” tab at for information, including the nomination form.

Mary Catherine Harper, a Defiance College English professor, received the 2018 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Her poem, “Imagining Life as a Graffiti Artist,” was chosen in a blind review. This is the second year that she has won the prize.

• South Side High School is establishing a scholarship in memory of former teacher Ron Holmes. To contribute to the effort – the fundraising goal is $25,000 – send donations to South Side High School Foundation, 3601 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Make checks payable to the South Side High School Foundation and write “Ron Holmes scholarship” in the memo.

• Submissions for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's annual Teens For Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest are due Feb. 15. High school seniors have the chance to earn up to $5,000. Go to and click the “Teen Scholarship Essay Contest” tab for details. Students already attending college are ineligible.


• The Indiana State Board of Education recently extended state accreditation for Trine University's Franks School of Education. The decision followed the continued national accreditation granted to the school by the Accreditation Council of the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation in October. The next accreditation visit is planned for spring 2024.

• Distinguished alumnus, supporter and longtime Board of Trustees member John J. McKetta Jr. died Jan. 15 at age 103. He established the McKetta Teaching Awards at Trine in 1988. Given annually to 10 recipients, 310 awards have been given to 279 recipients as of May 2018, totaling more than $1 million in gifts to the faculty. In 2001, he was given Trine's highest honor, the Pillar of Success Award, and in 2016 the faculty issued a proclamation to name him the “patron saint of the faculty” in honor of his dedication to his alma mater and support of the faculty during his tenure as trustee. Memorial gifts may be directed to Trine University's Dr. John J. McKetta Jr. Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering.


• Warsaw Community Schools recently welcomed educators and administrators from China to observe how STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – is implemented. The visit was made possible through a partnership between the district and the Chinese Education Connection.

• Warsaw Community Schools received cash and material donations from Zimmer Biomet. It gave $2,330 to the Boomerang Backpack program and provided clothing, stuffed animals, school supplies, toiletries and $210 in gift cards for needy families.

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

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