School: Lafayette Meadows Elementary
Grade/subject teaching: Second grade
Education: University of Saint Francis, bachelors degree
Years teaching: 7
City born and raised: Woodburn
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married to Nick Ankenbruck; two daughters, Whitney and Marin
Last book read: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Favorite teacher: My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Schroeder, and in high school, Mrs. Moore (my mom). They both made learning fun.
Favorite class in school: English
Favorite teaching memory: When my past students still come in my classroom to visit me and my current students laugh while they are learning.
What is your favorite thing to do over winter break? Spend every second with my daughters, Nick and both of our families.
Nominated by: Brian Hutner
Reason for nomination: Kara is always positive, cheerful, and encouraging withher students. She is a teacher that takes the extra step to make learning enjoyable. She really makes learning an active process while fostering growth for her students.
– Devon Haynie