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Anastasia McNabb is the early childhood teacher at Canterbury School.
Anastasia McNabb

Teacher honor roll / Education notebook

Name: Anastasia McNabb

School: Canterbury School

Grade teaching: 2-year-old children in Canterbury’s Early Childhood Division

Education: Bachelor’s in American studies from Stanford and a master’s in social science from Syracuse

Years teaching: First year as a lead teacher, but prior to this year I had been an assistant for eight years at Canterbury (and I still assist in the awesome Mrs. Larson’s room on Fridays!)

City born and raised: Sacramento, Calif.

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Greg McNabb with two sons, Greg 18, and Tommy, 16, both Canterbury students

Last book read and what you thought of it: A friend lent me “The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes, which was fantastic.

Favorite teacher: Sister Mary O’Meara, my first-grade teacher at Sacred Heart School in Sacramento

Favorite teaching memory: There were two darling students in an afternoon class several years ago: a tall, outgoing boy and a very quiet, bright girl who rarely spoke above a whisper. He carried her lunch bag every day and held her hand or put his arm around her shoulders when they walked from lunch. After a full year as friends near the end of school, I was pushing them on the tire swings when she commented (in an uncharacteristic loud voice) that she liked when her mom pushed her high on the tire swing. The little boy’s eyes widened and he said “You can talk?!” She had been talking all year, but at a very low volume, so he had never heard her voice. I thought that it was so sweet that her lack of verbal communication had somehow not gotten in the way of their friendship!

Nominated by: Trishele Mowan, parent

Nomination: Mowan said she was apprehensive about sending her son, who has a speech delay, to school, but said McNabb works hard and is loved by her son. “Mrs. McNabb has made certain to keep us informed as well as pay extra attention to (my son’s) speech development. She definitely understands each child has their own individuality and addresses each based on their personality and needs.”


•Concordia Lutheran High School senior Hannah Davis was presented with the YWCA’s Junior Hope Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding young adult who is service oriented and has a heart for those in need. Davis volunteers at the YWCA through the school’s internship program.

•Carroll Middle School teacher Susan Buttermore of Auburn has been selected to receive the Middle School Art Educator of the Year Award. Award recipients are nominated by their peers and are teachers who show outstanding artistic achievement and service in education.


•Bishop Dwenger Music Boosters annual craft show will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the gym. Admission is free, and Nelson’s Chicken will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the craft show will benefit the music programs at Bishop Dwenger High School.

•Bishop Dwenger invites prospective students and their parents to an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Tours will be given and information provided on academics, campus ministry, athletic programs and extracurricular activities.

Indiana Tech

•Indiana Tech admissions office will host an Academic Exploration Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Fort Wayne campus, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Prospective students for fall 2013 can meet faculty members and explore degree programs. For more information or to register, visit or call 800-937-2448, ext. 3103.

•The Indiana Tech Wellness Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Schaefer Center gymnasium, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit, click Make a Blood Donation Appointment, and enter sponsor code INT with the date, or contact Amy Richardville at 422-5561, ext. 2427.

Ivy Tech

•The third annual Now Read This! will award one or more scholarships worth up to $1,000 for the best creative responses to “The Story of Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon. Entries can include essays, music, dance, multimedia and visual arts submissions. The deadline is March 8. For more information visit

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 260-461-8893 or emailed to