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Sarah Janssen | The Journal Gazette
Fairfield Elementary preschool teacher Jeff Miller reads to his students while his assistant Julie Turpchinoff uses a puppet to demonstrate the story.

Teacher honor roll / Education notebook

Jeff Miller

School: Fairfield Elementary

Grade/subject teaching: Preschool

Education: I attended IPFW and my degree certifies me to teach preschool through fifth grade. My wife and I are both also currently working toward our master’s degrees in educational leadership through Ball State.

Years teaching: 4

City born: Fort Wayne

City raised: St. Joe

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I’m married to Crystel Miller (with our first child due in April).

Last book read and what you thought of it: “Gathering Blue” by Lois Lowry. I loved it because it showed the value that each person holds.

Favorite class in school: My favorite classes were various computer classes with Mr. Wagner.

Biggest influence in your decision to become a teacher? The biggest influence in my decision to become a teacher was my family. My wife is also a teacher, and both of our families have a history of educators.

Nominated by: Rachel Collins, parent, and Ashton Price, student

Reason for nomination: “Mr. Miller and his assistant Miss Julie are preschool teachers, but, for some kids and some parents, they are our first teachers. Mr. Jeff and Miss Julie were welcoming and patient. They were in communication with parents each week to let us know how our children were doing. They were my first impression of public schooling, and when it came to kindergarten this year, my son and I both were so excited to go back. If it weren’t for Mr. Jeff and Miss Julie and their guidance for my son last year, kindergarten could have been beyond scary for him. They are both great people!”


•Harrison College will host a career fair and open house from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in honor of its 110th anniversary. The event is open to the public, free of charge and will be at the Fort Wayne campus, 6413 N. Clinton St.

•Universal Education Foundation welcomes local Muslims to the annual Eid dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The event will be at the Landmark Conference and Reception Center, 6222 Ellison Road. Entertainment will be provided by comedian Mo Amer of Allah Made Me Funny. State Sen. Tom Wyss will also help commemorate Eid-ul-Adha, which celebrates the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).


•Bishop Luers has honored Jim Saul, class of 1963, as Outstanding Alumnus and Diane Karst as Honorary Alumnus for the 2012-13 school year.

Indiana Tech

•President Arthur E. Snyder has been named CEO of the Year by the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.


•A study abroad fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Walb Student Union Ballroom. The fair is free and open to the public and will showcase study, work, intern, and volunteer abroad opportunities.

•The university will conduct a Diversity Dialogue: Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness – Surviving Domestic Violence from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Walb Student Union, Room 222-226.

•For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the sixth annual Breaking through the Silence: the Noise of Overcoming an Abusive Situation will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Walb Student Union Ballroom featuring a keynote address by Chris Garrett, a domestic violence survivor and advocate.

•The Learning Community child care center has earned accreditation from the Nation Association of Young Children for five years.

•News analyst and author Jeffrey Toobin will speak as part of the Omnibus Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center. Free tickets are required and can be picked up in person at the Larson Ticket Office, reserved online at or can be obtained one hour before the lecture, if tickets are still available.

Ivy Tech

•Domestic Violence Survivor’s Courage Celebration will be held to honor survivors of abusive relationships at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Coliseum Campus auditorium. Prior to the celebration, a service provider fair will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

•Ivy Day will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Student Life Center, 4900 St. Joe Road. for prospective students to explore degree and certificate programs. Those interested should register online at

Saint Francis

•The baccalaureate social work program has been reaccredited for eight years by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education.

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 emailed to