The Journal Gazette
Monday, July 02, 2018 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll/Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

April Castator

Schools: Northrop (1996-2015) and South Side (2015-2018)

Subject teaching: Mathematics

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Purdue University and master's degree in education from Indiana University

Years teaching: 18 years in the classroom, three years administrator

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Jeff since 1996; son Zach and daughter Alexis

Recent book read: “Top 20 Teachers”

Favorite teacher: David Barr, math teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School

Favorite class in school: Trigonometry – Study of Triangles

Favorite teaching memory: “Going out to eat and a former student stopped me and said, 'I hated math but you really helped me. I loved coming to your class, Mrs. Castator.'”

Favorite extracurricular activity: Playing volleyball and watching my kids play basketball.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? When you are in school and you think that what you are learning is not relevant to your future, ask your teacher and remember ... it is not always the content that you will use in the future, it is the way you problem solve that will get you practice you need to be a successful adult.

Recommended by: Ernesto Rodriguez

Reason for recommendation: “She should be recognized because she is a great blithe person that always strives to do her best every single day.”


• The annual University of Notre Dame Celebration begins at noon July 19 at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Katie Rose, senior director for the Office of Information Technologies, will field questions and provide an update on life at Notre Dame. The Notre Dame Persons of the Year will also be honored. The event includes lunch and will be followed by a tour of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. RSVP to Jacob Benedict at Cost is $20 payable by cash or check at the door. All local alumni, parents, friends and fans are welcome.

• Trine University is one of 30 colleges and universities participating in the Independent Colleges of Indiana's Private College Week from July 16 to 20. Trine will offer visits throughout the week, along with its Summer Frenzy Visit Day on July 20. The day includes sessions on student success and engagement, admission and financial aid, academics and athletics, as well as a campus tour and lunch in the student cafeteria. Call 800-347-4878 for more information.

• Registration for Trine's 28th annual Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Outing is due July 20. Go to or contact Maureen Bernath, director of donor relations and stewardship, at 260-665-4834 or The event is Aug. 3 at Trine's Zollner Golf Course. Cost is $125 for the 7:30 a.m. start and $150 for the 1:30 p.m. start. Last year's outing raised more than $108,000 for scholarships.

• Area Wireless Zone and the Cellular Connection stores invite families and their children to get a backpack filled with school supplies from 1 to 4 p.m. July 22. Fort Wayne locations are 9924 Illinois Road; 5956 Stellhorn Road, Suite C; 6404 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite A; and 10172 Maysville Road. A store is also participating in Columbia City, 529 N. Line St.

Bishop Luers

• Seven Bishop Luers High School students were accepted to the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages for summer study. Students will spend six weeks living with a host family and take five courses with Indiana instructors, pledging to speak only their target language – French or Spanish. Kaitlyn Ehinger, Ani King, Faith Jones and Grace Richert will study in France. Angela Bougher, Lizzie Justice and Joey Klinger will study in Spain.

• A group from Bishop Luers will visit Takaoka, Japan, from July 15 to 28. Students will attend art, music, physical education, home economics and English conversation classes in the mornings at Fushiki High School near the Sea of Japan. Planned afternoon and weekend activities include sightseeing, visiting an elementary school, attending festivals and baseball games and going on excursions with Fushiki High School's Chinese and South Korean sister school students. Participants are 2017 graduate Will Hayes; faculty members Karen Marciano, Drew Heiniger and Danielle Dabler; and students Mary Bireley, Paul Braun, Joshua Dippold, Nicholas Everett, Fatima Garcia, Jessica Hartmus, Maciah Henley, Will Huth, Lainey Masanz, Rachel Notter, Caroline Rahrig, Sean Reilly, Jenny Renner, Joe Renner, Nando Rosiles, Aaron Schall, Cecilia Simerman and Erin Stuczynski.


Thomas Almonroeder, an assistant professor in Trine's doctor of physical therapy program, co-authored an article recently published in Lower Extremity Review, a magazine for medical professionals specializing in the human body from the hip to the foot. The article, “Does athletes' divided attention affect mechanics associated with ACL injury?” discusses whether athletes are at greater risk for injuring the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, when their attention is divided between their footwork and tasks such as guarding an opponent, and the implications this might have for injury prevention.

• Trine's tennis teams is providing chew toys for Steuben County Sheriff's Department K-9, Abe. Abe began working with Deputy Alex Harris on June 4. Tennis balls are among the Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix's favorite rewards. Coach Erin Kolar is donating the equipment once they become too worn for the team.

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.

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