A Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who helped a student dealing with depression has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.
Jacinda (Lettau) Ashby
School: Allen County Juvenile Center (third year). Previously at Wayne High School nine years, South Side High School nine years, Miami Middle School five years and Jefferson Middle School for a year.
Grade or subject teaching: Currently, I have students from grades six to 11. This year I'm teaching middle school language arts and high school history courses.
Education: Attended IPFW for bachelor's and master's in secondary education.
Years teaching: 27
City born: Fort Wayne
Current hometown: Huntertown
Family: Married, two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren and two Morkies.
Book you'd recommend: “Unbowed: A Memoir” by Wangari Maathai. She inspired me with her grit and determination despite seemingly insurmountable odds and threats on her life when she created the Green Belt Movement to restore the environment and employ women in her home country of Kenya.
Favorite teachers: Sally Burtzner at St. Joe Elementary and Mrs. Hart at Northrop.
Favorite teaching memory: A high school student who enjoyed a novel I picked for the class told me he'd never read an entire novel before and didn't like reading before my class. I also loved taking students on trips to museums around our state and in Chicago.
Hobbies: Hiking, gardening, learning about nature and native plants and travel.
Interesting fact about yourself: When I was younger, I enjoyed scuba diving and had the opportunity to dive in Belize several times and in Hawaii.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their futures?I would suggest they think about this time period in their life as the time to build their foundation for the rest of their lives. Wise decisions with their money and a focus on learning skills and information will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Recommended by: Lluvia Guerrero
Reason for recommendation: “I would like to nominate her because when I first met (her) at Wayne, I thought she was serious, never seemed to care about others. Then one day I got closer to her ... and she helped me when I was dealing with depression. When I graduated from high school, I cried because she was there for me and seeing that I graduated was a way of showing us she did care about me, she cared about me graduating.”
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