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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Luann Hallberg, a tutor at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, works with Denise Madden, 6, on her word construction skills. Hallberg has tutored at Just Neighbors for 15 years.

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Monday, June 26, 2017 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Luann Hallberg

School: Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

Grade or subject teaching: Tutoring children K-12 grade

Education: Snider High School graduate, IU Bloomington, master's degree,IPFW

Years teaching: 30 years (15 years tutoring at Just Neighbors IHN)

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Scott, two adult children, one granddaughter

Last book read: “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio

Favorite teacher(s): Gary Patterson (history), Edith Merriman (English) and Lowell Madden, IPFW

Favorite classes in school: English and history

Favorite teaching memory: Writing was an overwhelming task for one middle school girl. She was reluctant and was not able to make a connection to the writing theme. She was very receptive to my help. She verbally shared her ideas (with prodding, prompting, and questions on my part) as I transcribed the sentences on paper. For the next six weeks, writing prompts continued and constructive, quality feedback was given by her classroom English teacher. Comments included: Great effort, she's on her way! And be proud of her for persevering through a difficult task.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Reading, gardening and watching old movies

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future?: What we do every single day truly matters. With parents' input, realistic short-range goals are established; for example, bring home and complete homework, check weekly planner, check book bag, ask questions and read. Above all, the importance of respect, kindness and the value of tolerance are practiced.

Recommended by: The Rev. Terry Anderson, Just Neighbors IHN executive director

Reason for recommendation: “We nominate Luann Hallberg for the Teacher Honor Roll due to her positive attitude, warm and caring manner, understanding of how children learn, and deep commitment to reach each child. … Children gravitate to Luann because of her friendly, respectful and engaging approach. She meets children at their unique level, generates excitement for learning, and gets positive results. … Her innovative and caring approach instill hope and confidence in children when their lives are in crisis. … Luann goes out of her way to meet regularly with parents and assure them that she can help their children. Parents tell us that their kids kept the habit of doing homework immediately after school because of her tutoring. Parents have also said that Luann addressed learning issues they didn't know their children had or didn't know the school would help them address.” 


• Two East Allen County Schools – New Haven Primary and New Haven Intermediate – are among the 2017-18 Family Friendly Schools, a distinction given by the Indiana Department of Education since 2015. The program recognizes schools that welcome all families into the school community, communicate effectively, support student success, speak up for every child, share power and collaborate with the community. Washington STEM Academy of Warsaw Community Schools and Lincoln Elementary School of Huntington County Community School Corp. also made the list.

• The Indiana Department of Education named Bishop Dwenger, Blackhawk Christian, Carroll, Concordia Lutheran and Homestead high schools as 2016 Advanced Placement award recipients. Awardees had at least 25 percent of their 2016 graduating class receiving 3 or higher on an AP exam.

• The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana honored two Huntington University RichLyn Library librarians for their work with the organization: Anita Gray, director of library services, and Randy Neuman, associate director of library services.

Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College ranks as a top community college for institutions with students taking at least one distance education course, according to Digital Learning Compass' 2017 Distance Education Enrollment Report. Ivy Tech ranked 13th of 50 institutions. Of Ivy Tech's 121,268 registered students in spring 2017, 36,621 were taking at least one distance education course.


• These students received National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities: Deborah Choe, Canterbury High School; Shriya Rani Jain, Homestead High School; Kevin E. LaMaster, Bishop Dwenger High School; Audrey D. Scantlin, North Side High School; and Andrew B. Zehr, Carroll High School.

• Dennis Johnson and Jordan Bridges received the Albert G. Jennings Scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on their scholastic achievements, school and community involvement, a written essay and an interview. Applicants must also complete 20 hours of community service with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's neighborhood programs during the summer. Both students will attend Purdue University.

• These students received $1,000 Burger King scholarships: John Soulliere, Angola High School; Max DiFilippo, Bishop Dwenger High School; Katherine Hill, Bishop Dwenger; Sean Smits, Canterbury High School; Elise Wellman, Canterbury; James Bassett, Carroll High School; Kalika Lacy, Columbia City High School; Erin Sukala, DeKalb High School; Paris Stream-Dau, East Allen University; Kayla Morse, East Noble High School; Sydni Fife, Huntington High School; and Araceli Flores, West Noble High School.


• Harrison College, 6413 N. Clinton St., will host a Career Cafe from 5 to 8 p.m. July 10. The event provides opportunities to engage in career preparatory activities and workshops. It is free with RSVP via Eventbrite, The public, including high school seniors, is welcome. Child care will be provided for children 5 and older.

• The Junior League of Fort Wayne will host an Education Empowerment Series from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Parkview Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 and may be bought at The event is intended for teachers, child care providers and parents; however, everyone is invited to attend. Call 260-387-5592 for more information.”


Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.