School: Lafayette Meadows Elementary
Grade/Subject teaching: Fourth grade
Education (where you went to school, degrees earned): Bachelor's degree in elementary from Taylor University
Years teaching: 12
City born and raised: Gaylord, Mich.
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Married to Troy Mann; son, Dylan, 7 and daughter, Quinn, 5
Last book read and what you thought of it: "The Narcissism Epidemic – Living in the Age of Entitlement." The book changed the way I teach my students and parent my children. Everyone should read it!
Favorite teacher: Mr. Hardy, Dow Chemical engineer turned high school chemistry teacher
Favorite teaching memory: Anytime the whole class and I laugh together about something only funny to us because of all we've discussed and been through together. That's happened a lot this year!
Nominated by: Annette Reifsteck-Chalk, parent
Nomination: "Mrs. Mann has worked magic in making school fun for my son; he actually comes home everyday and does his homework without prodding. It's hard to be able to focus on the individual needs of 25 kids, but Mrs. Mann does it well, working to use the interests of the students to make learning more interesting."
•Erin Dingle was the recipient of this year's Donald F. Schenkel Scholarship Award by Tower Financial Corporation. The scholarship was created to honor academic achievement and assist a high school senior or college student of a Tower Bank team member pursuing a career in business.
•Brandon Curry, a junior from South Whitley, is the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year at Manchester University.
•Area schools were named four-star schools by the state Department of Education: Adams Central High, Bishop Dwenger High, Bishop Luers High, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Campus 1, Saint Vincent DePaul, St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Catholic School, St. Louis Besancon Catholic School, Leo Elementary, Cedarville Elementary, Croninger Elementary, Irwin Elementary, Riverview School, Salamonie School, Blackhawk Christian Middle and High, Concordia Lutheran High School, St. Peter's Lutheran, Holy Cross Lutheran, Emmanuel Lutheran, Aboite Elementary, Homestead High, Woodside Middle, Covington Elementary, Maple Creek Middle, Hickory Center Elementary, Huntertown Elementary, Carroll High, Oak View Elementary and Eel River Elementary.
•The following students were awarded scholarships from the University of Michigan Club of Fort Wayne and will attend the University of Michigan in the fall of 2013: Emily Mylrea, Carroll High School; Monica Dollive, Weilin Liao, and Katherine Troutman, Homestead High School.
•Homestead High School senior Alison Mansfield has been selected the winner of a $2,000 AXA Achievement Community Scholarship. She has been recognized as one of the country's most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship for college for demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement in school and in the community.
•Educators Kyle Daugherty from Huntington North was awarded this year's Helene R. Foellinger Award for Excellence in Economic Education, and Danielle Rupnow from South Side High School received the Dale W. McMillen Award.
•Bishop Luers High School senior Nancy McNamara and junior Mark Hellinger have been chosen as Carson Scholars for their academic and humanitarian achievements.
•The Rev. David Meinzen has been named full-time campus chaplain at the University of Saint Francis. Father Meinzen served USF as part-time interim campus chaplain since fall 2012, and as an adjunct professor of philosophy from 2008-2009.
•The Olive B. Cole Foundation of Fort Wayne has awarded a $300,000 grant to Trine University to help fund lab equipment for the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering.