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Monday, May 13, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Name: Julie Hadaway

School: Wayne High School

Subject teaching: Business (Ivy Tech Early College Program). Courses include marketing, consumer behavior, business law and ethics, management, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.

Education: Bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Purdue University and master's degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Years teaching: Five years (high school), 15 years (college)

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Markle

Family: I have been married to my best friend, Doug, for 16 years.

Recent book read: “A Colorful Way of Living” by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Favorite teacher(s): This may sound a little biased, but my favorite teachers were my mom, Jane Dannenfelser, and my uncle David Clifton. My mom taught elementary school, and my uncle taught high school. Although I was never an actual student in their classrooms, they taught me all that matters. They made learning FUN! I am grateful for their influence!

Favorite class in school: Drama (theater)

Favorite teaching memory: I assigned a gratitude journal to all of my students. Every day at the beginning of class, each student was asked to write three things he or she was grateful for that day. They were not allowed to repeat the same thing through the duration of the assignment, which lasted four weeks. By the time they were finished, they would see, in writing, 60 things for which they were grateful. My hope was that this would help them to start looking for the good in their lives and lose focus on the bad.

One day in class, I noticed that a student had not written anything in his journal. When I asked him why, he insisted he had nothing to be thankful for. I took this as an opportunity to help him shift his attitude. I asked him a few simple questions to put things in perspective.

I asked him: What was the first thing you saw this morning? What was the first thing you heard? What was the first thing you did?

He answered: The ceiling. My mom yelling at me to wake up. Get dressed.

I responded: If you saw a ceiling, then it means you are blessed enough to have a home. If you heard your mom, then it means you are blessed enough to have someone who cares. If you got dressed, then it means that you are blessed enough to have clothing. All of this also means that you can see, hear, and move. Now, I want you to picture the millions of people in this world who lack just one, if not many, of these blessings. I assure you that there was a boy this morning your age who woke up to darkness because he is blind, and a boy who woke up to silence because he is deaf, and a boy who woke up motionlessness because he is paralyzed. Are you sure you have nothing to be thankful for?

He shrugged the notorious teenager shrug and sat down. By the end of the four weeks, he submitted 60 marks of gratitude. I actually witnessed a shift in his attitude, and it was amazing! He participated more in class, he raised his grades, and he smiled a whole lot more. I am grateful for teaching opportunities that extend far beyond the curriculum!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Hiking, antiquing and traveling are some of my favorite things to do, but my greatest passion next to teaching is singing! I have been singing professionally for well over a decade. In fact, I still perform at various venues and events including every other Wednesday night at Hall's Triangle Park. I sing a mix of cover and originals and span many decades and genres.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? My advice would be to continuously develop excellent character. Who you are is far more important than what you are. The way you behave and the way you treat others (and yourself) matters! Most of my students can quote me pretty quickly. I always tell them to be their best because, “You never know who you'll meet today who will change your tomorrow.” I also tell them to start early and don't wait until they are older because, “The sooner you become great, the greater you will become!” I hang both of these quotes in my classroom as a reminder for each of them to discover and develop the best versions of themselves!

Recommended by: Tayler Knuckles

Reason for recommendation: “She has a wonderful spirit and brightens my day each and every school day. She never fails to motivate me and push me to be my best.” 


• Purdue University Fort Wayne's first Day of Giving raised more than $275,000 from nearly 250 individual donations.

• More than 220 people donated $90,471 to Trine University during Trine Day.

• Grace College & Seminary recently celebrated the conclusion of the ASPIRE Campaign launched in March 2017. It raised $38.5 million, exceeding the $37 million goal.


• Purdue University students Korranda Harris, Jordan Bridges, Victoria Coats and Angel Upshaw were recognized in the 44th annual Academic and Service Awards Program of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff. They are from the Fort Wayne area.

• Ball State University senior Sara Maier of Fort Wayne received a National Educational Debate Association All-American award.

• The Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy won six of the eight state titles at the SkillsUSA state competition in April. Carlos Rosa and Jacob Simerman of Wayne High School; Andrew Pruser, Logan King and Josh Mayer of Northrop High School; William Pancake and Hector Garrido of South Side High School; Noah Huguenard of Carroll High School; Erik Blackwell and Jacob Berry of Blackhawk Christian High School; Eric Hartman of Homestead High School; Elijah Lantz and Tyler Rosswurm of Snider High School; and Pierce Reichhart of Woodlan Junior-Senior High School placed in their categories.

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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