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Monday, July 15, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A high school science teacher whom a student described as “absolutely amazing” has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.

Name:Angela Daenell

School: Leo Junior-Senior High School

Subject teaching: I teach anatomy and physiology, chemistry, advanced anatomy and physiology, and Project Lead the Way human body systems.

Education: Ball State University

Years teaching:17 years

City born:  Edinburgh, Scotland

Current hometown: Hoagland

Family: My wonderful husband, Jake Daenell, and two teenage sons, Mason and Carson.

Book you'd recommend: My philosophy for picking a good book is to find one that you can take at least one valuable lesson away to apply to your life. It doesn't matter if it's fiction, nonfiction, medical research, social media, etc. We read for the purpose of the take away. A great book helps shape your life so find one that speaks to you.

Favorite teacher:  Mr. Crum was my high school chemistry teacher. He inspired me to love chemistry.

Favorite teaching memory:  There are way too many to just name one. Students are the reason teachers teach and when they come back to visit or send you an email out of the blue, your job is validated. It's those moments that you feel like you made a difference and it all becomes worth it.

Hobbies:  I enjoy running and hanging out with my family and friends. I also enjoy remodeling and interior decorating.

Interesting fact about yourself:  I have only taught at Leo High School and I wouldn't have it any other way.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Always do what is best for you even if it doesn't end up like you think it will. Contemplate your options. Don't be afraid to fail, don't be afraid to make a mistake for the failures and mistakes of life often lead us down the path that was right all along. We learn from adversity and life is about learning.

Recommended by:Student Olivia Neal

Reason for recommendation: “She is a wonderful teacher, and the way she teaches is absolutely amazing. I have learned so much from her this (past) school year, and I think she should receive recognition for her job well done and hard work.” 

Backpack giveaway

• Fort Wayne's Wireless Zone, in partnership with the Cellular Connection and Culture of Good, will offer families to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 9924 Illinois Road. A similar event is also planned at that time at the Wabash Wireless Zone, 1465 N. Cass St.

Scholarship, recognition

• Burger King and Quality Dining awarded scholarships to the following Fort Wayne-area students: Nayeli Pozuelos of Wayne High School; Kraig Blackburn of Bellmont High School; Kaija Bledsoe of Angola High School; Isaac Coats of West Noble High School; Jonah Getty of Bishop Dwenger High School; Isabella Kryder and Olivia Rosen of Huntington North High School; Alyssa Nolan of Northrop High School; Min Thant of North Side High School; and Jacqueline Williams of Homestead High School.

• The Indiana Commission for Higher Education honored these northeast Indiana high schools for having at least 70% of their students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on time and for having 70% of graduating seniors complete the Scholar Success Program, a requirement for all 21st Century Scholars prior to graduating high school: Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Blackhawk Christian, Canterbury, Carroll, Columbia City, Concordia Lutheran, Cornerstone College Prep, East Allen University, Eastside, Horizon Christian Academy, Huntington North, Kingdom Academy of Bluffton, Lakewood Park Christian School, North Side, Northrop, Snider, South Side and West Noble. Adams Central, Angola, Central Noble, Churubusco, DeKalb, Garrett, Heritage, Homestead, Lakeland Christian Academy, Leo, New Haven, Norwell, South Adams, Southern Wells and Woodlan were recognized for only completing the FASFA goal. Whitko was recognized for only completing the Scholar Success goal.

Kara Umphrey of Columbia City High School was one of 25 students chosen from among 3,000 competing at the National Contest for National History Day to receive a private tour of Capitol Hill.

• Thirty students from Warsaw Community High School earned Kosciusko's Work Ethic Certificate, which recognizes students with future-ready skills and gives perks to those who work for partnering companies of the program. Students received cords to wear to graduation, a covering for their chair at graduation and a certificate signed by the governor. Honorees were: Olivia Alspaugh, Lex Desenberg, Remi Beckham, Kristen Coates, Courtney Chookie, Allison Ulery, Lynnea Nelson, Keagan Rice, Kimmi Owens, Nathanial Pollnow, Lydia Harrison, Mackenzie Hamilton, Taryn Whetstone, Wesley Reeder, Justin Heinsman, Jack Horoho, Isaiah VanPuffelen, Valerie Messmore, Abigail Doberstein, Jeremy Campbell, Anthony Bass, Gavin Gunder, Caleb Beam, Vanessa De Angel Antonio, Emily Kitson, William Robison, Kayla Werner, Charissa Wilson, Dylan Jones and Rachel Yeager.


• Trine University named Ryan Overton dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology effective Aug. 5.

• Trine is expanding its Trine Broadcasting Network offerings, with programming from WEAX 88.3 FM offered online as Trine Radio at and on such streaming apps as TuneIn, Streema, Deezer and Radioline. WEAX planned to cease terrestrial radio operations today.

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.

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