The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 29, 2020 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne Community Schools educator who teaches with love has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.

Jennifer Greulach Alvarez

School: Price Elementary

Grade teaching: Kindergarten

Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement

Years teaching: 15

City born and current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I live with my husband, Darin, and our two cats, McKenzie and Sammie.

Book you'd recommend: It's difficult to pick just one! A book that I loved to read as a child, and still enjoy as an adult, is the children's classic, “Heidi,” by Johanna Spyri.

Favorite teachers: My first grade teacher, Susan Ensley; also, my teacher colleague of 10 years, Dawn Amstutz.

Favorite teaching memory: My favorite teaching memories are about relationships built ... morning greetings, classroom family morning meetings, end-of-day hugs, pictures and notes given to me from current and previous students, classroom sayings and jokes, staying in touch with students and families over the years, etc.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading, watching movies, listening to music, exploring new places.

Interesting fact about yourself: I did professional cheer and dance for two years.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Remember the following from when you were in my kindergarten class: Treat others as you want to be treated. Use your manners ... say, “please” and “thank you.” Always do your best. Persevere ... you can do it!

Recommended by: Luisa Aguirre

Reason for recommendation: “She has a gentle personality, cares about her students. She is respectful and always keeps in touch with the parents about her students' behavior. Teaches with love; also my daughter is learning to read thanks to her teaching.” 


• The Fort Wayne Community Schools Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $24,000 to almost 30 high school seniors. Recipients were Jordan Davis, Irasema Antonia Hernandez Trujillo, Hayden Tippmann and Kennedy Jester of Snider; Nicholas Chapman, Emiliano Cabrera, Amaela Bruce, Simon Twiss, Dahlia Aliwa and Luke Vance of Wayne; Magdelyn Wyman, Shyeonna Robinson, Kim Ly Nguyen and Briana Castillo of Northrop; Myat Aung, Jondea Mon, Dahiro Omar, Gisela Perez, Damon Redmond, Jamie Hickey, Morgan McArdle and Caleb Barrone of North Side; and Carolina Salgado, Ashley Remy, William Pancake, Merly Barrios and Skylyn Sours of South Side.

Indiana Wesleyan

• The Talent Ladder, a division of Indiana Wesleyan University, has launched UpSkill Forward, a program offering online training lessons starting at $25 per program. Workers and job seekers can develop relevant, essential skills for various industries by earning in-demand credentials, many of which will be accepted by IWU as college credits in a degree completion program. Go to for more information.

Ivy Tech

• Under a new agreement with IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College students are guaranteed admission into IUPUI if they meet certain requirements. Students wanting to take advantage of this opportunity can work with their Ivy Tech and Passport academic advisers to confirm their academic plan meets the requirements.


• A Manchester University team has been named a top 20 finalist in this year's Up to Us Campus Competition for creating and executing a creative campaign that sparks discussion on campus about their generation's shared fiscal future. Up to Us is a national, nonpartisan campus-based movement and annual competition that educates and mobilizes young voters on fiscal sustainability and economic opportunity.

• Manchester alumna Celia Cook-Huffman was selected as vice president for academic affairs after a nationwide search.

Lucas Dargo, assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training, has been named program director of the Master of Athletic Training program at Manchester. The Fort Wayne resident succeeds Mark Huntington, who is retiring this month after 35 years.


• Federal coronavirus relief funding has allowed the Community Counseling Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne to continue services. Clients meet with their regular counselor via telehealth systems the center was able to obtain, partly because of a Federal Communications Committee grant of nearly $35,000. Those funds, which are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, allowed the center to buy tablets, keyboards and other online accessories for all the counselors. The new equipment will only be used for counseling center work, improving equipment issues, and enhancing confidentiality. The counselors – second-year students in the counselor education program – also are benefiting. They were trained to use video and audio on an online platform, to maintain confidentiality and to document notes in an online medical record system. The center offers free services to individuals, couples and families. Call 260-481-5405 for information or to make an appointment.

Saint Francis

• The University of Saint Francis announced a record high 97.1% of its 2019 graduates are employed, in the service/military or enrolled in additional education. The information was gleaned through a career outcomes study, which collected data from 578 of 629 graduates. Top employers of the Class of 2019 are Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network, Franciscan Health, IU Health, Fort Wayne Community Schools, University of Saint Francis, Community Healthcare System and Indiana Physical Therapy.


• Trine University honored the following faculty members with annual academic awards: Darryl Webber, Roberta Gagnon, Allen Hersel, Kevin Woolverton, Sam Drerup, Ashley Overton, Christine Olding, Lauren Decker, Brandon Podgorski, Gary Greene, Sheri Thomson, Katherine Thomas, Thomas Smead, Hany Othman, Tricia Widenhoefer and Sameer Sharma.


Shawntae Taylor of Fort Wayne received WGU Indiana's 10th anniversary scholarship. It will provide her with an almost full ride to pursue a special education and elementary education dual Bachelor of Arts degree at WGU Indiana.

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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