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Lafayette Meadows teacher Sarah Will works with Tyler Litwinko, right, and Allen Collins.

Teacher honor roll

Sarah Will

School: Lafayette Meadows Elementary

Grade teachin g: Second grade

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Years teaching: Six years

City born and raised: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I have been married to my wonderful husband, Austin Will, for four years, and we are expecting our first child in March

Last book read: “Sideways Stories From Wayside School” by Louis Sachar. I read this story to my class every year because my students love to hear about all the crazy situations the students of Wayside School get into.

Favorite class in school: Reading

Biggest influence in decision to become a teacher: I could not wait to have my own classroom, so I could make learning fun and exciting in a child’s life. I had a few teachers along the way who taught outside-the-box and really made their students lifelong learners. Sitting in their classrooms, I knew right then that I wanted to do the same. I wanted to see the look of pride on a child’s face when they had accomplished something great

Nominated by: Nadia Barron, former student

Reason for nomination: “She was a nice and caring teacher, and I got to know her really well. She was one of my favorite teachers because she made learning exciting. Also, she is very funny!”

Do you have a favorite teacher? Please send us your nominations, including the teacher’s name, school, school district and grade/subject taught as well as your name, phone number and reason for your nomination. Nominations can be sent to Sarah Janssen at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, faxed to 461-8893 or e-mailed to


•Crestview Middle School student Gaige Robin was recognized as a top 100 reader in the 2012 Summer Reading Olympics for reading 54 books over the summer.

•Stanford University student and Fort Wayne native John Miller was named an Advanced Placement National Scholar by the College Board. National Scholars are students who attain a score of 4 or higher on eight or more exams during one’s high school career. Miller graduated in 2012 from McCallie School.

•Concordia Lutheran High School students Megan LaCroix, Katelyn Reinhard, Emily Zilz, Noah Little, Jonathan NaThalang and Jack Willke were named to the 2012-13 Indiana All-State Choir. They will work with the festival conductor and present a performance at Embassy Theatre on Jan. 19.


•IPFW senior Amy Klaehn and junior Megan Griebel and University of Saint Francis senior Amy Swygart, junior Jonie Robertson and sophomores Tatum Kelham, Werner Wolff, Kelsey Schwehn and Olivia Spridegeon received the Virgil J. & Mildred C. Roy Memorial Scholarship.

Indiana Tech

•McMillen Library Director Connie Scott earned the 2012 Special Services Award from the Indiana Library Federation. The award recognizes “exceptional contributions or services” to library services. The award will be presented at the 2012 Indiana Library Federation awards reception Nov. 13.


•IPFW will hold Mental Health Day Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in Walb Student Union ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Love Heals: The Power of Healthy Relationships”

• The theatre department and its bachelor of arts degree in acting, design/technology and directing program have been granted accreditation and membership to the National Association of Schools of Theatre. This is the first time the department has received this accreditation.

Saint Francis

•The School of Creative Arts will offer an alumni and faculty exhibition in Weatherhead Gallery from Oct. 27 to Dec. 16. An opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 in the gallery in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communications. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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