The Journal Gazette
Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Katelyn Miller

School: Recently resigned from Southwick Elementary School

Grade teaching: Prekindergarten

Years teaching: Two

City born: Newport News, Virginia

Current hometown: Columbia City

Family: Husband, Blake Miller; parents, Tim and Kathy O'Sullivan; brothers, Patrick and Caleb O'Sullivan; grandparents, Fred and Judy Morrell; in-laws, Julie and Gary Copeland, Ashley Lemon and Lily Lemon

Book you'd recommend: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

Favorite teachers: Nancy Brooks, Bonnie Dickey, Carey Smith, Bob Mosier

Favorite teaching memory: When I realized just how much the students and I need each other. As young learners, my students are figuring out how to be their own person away from their family. I give hugs and say, “I love you,” many times during the day to show the students that they are safe and secure. It doesn't take long for the students to starting giving me hugs and telling me they love me. Little do they know, I need the encouragement as well!

Hobbies: I enjoy swimming, reading, singing and watching movies.

Interesting fact about yourself: My grandmother and mother, who are both educators, always told me that I was going to be a teacher. For many years I insisted that I wanted to be a nurse. In fact, I started college as a nursing major, but quickly realized that the classroom is where I am meant to be!

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? You are special and unique! Be proud of who you are and what you can do without dwelling on your mistakes. Always choose to be kind!

Recommended by: Several people, including MacKenzie Kelly.

Reason for recommendation: “She has changed my son in so many ways. ... For me she's been that mother figure for my kids when I couldn't be. My son went in with very little manners, and I didn't know what to do. She got him together very quickly and has educated him in more ways other than school, and for this I thank her.”


Allen County Department of Environmental Management presented Heritage Junior-Senior High School with a bench created out of recycled bottle caps. The bench was made possible through the efforts of students in the life skills class.


The next Allen County Retired Educators meeting is 11 a.m. June 26 at Pine Valley Country Club. Send reservations to Mary Jo Purvis at


Grace College now accepts the Statewide Transfer General Education Core, allowing a transfer of 30 general education credits from any public state university. Grace also guarantees tuition assistance to Ivy Tech Community College transfer students. Additionally, any Ivy Tech student who has a zero Estimated Family Contribution on the FAFSA will now have traditional undergraduate tuition fully covered by federal, state and Grace financial aid. Other Ivy Tech students will receive at least $10,000 in financial aid from Grace for traditional undergraduate programs. Go to, call 866-974-7223 or email for more information.

Scholarship, recognition

• The Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded 200 scholarships to the third class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators. Recipients included Kyle Arnold and Olivia Plasterer of Adams Central High School; Kylee Bixler of South Adams High School; Jennifer Cruz, Alexandra Moss and Caleb Roper of Snider High School; Madison Grime of Carroll High School; Abbey Hohman of Blackhawk Christian Middle-High School; Arielle Kinsey of Leo Junior-Senior High School; Zara McCord and Addison Schafer of North Side High School; Emily Oberley of Heritage Junior-Senior High School; Kyle Rogers of Northrop High School; Jenna Sovine of New Haven High School; Danielle Tinkel of Homestead High School; Evan Lung of DeKalb High School; Jessica Ditton and Cheyenne Karst of Huntington North High School; Eli Ernst of Concordia Lutheran High School; Grace Richert of Bishop Luers High School; Olivia James and Keagan Rice of Warsaw Community High School; Madelyn Paris of Lakeland Christian Academy; Alyson Robinson of Central Noble Junior Senior High School; Madison Schermerhorn of West Noble High School; Kourtney Fleckenstein of Angola High School; Courtney Lemler of Southern Wells Junior-Senior High School; Liana Reinhard of Kingdom Academy of Bluffton Inc.; and Jessica McFarland and Sarah Pepple of Columbia City High School.

• Recipients of the Central High School Alumni Association Scholarship included local students Abbie Boyer of Blackhawk Christian, Cydney Bridges of Carroll, Abigail Grabner of Luers and Olivia Meek of Homestead.

• Adam Swinford of South Side High School was named Indiana PTA's Outstanding Principal of the Year.

• Indiana Tech and its Career Center team honored employer partners and student interns during its 2019 RISE – Recognizing Interns, Students and Employers – Awards ceremony. Winners included Mara Zell, Intern of the Year, marketing intern with Franklin Electric; Fort Wayne Metals, Intern Program of the Year; Schneider Electric, Employer Partner of the Year, for-profit; Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Employer Partner of the Year, nonprofit; Courtney Mack, Indiana Tech Internal Intern of the Year, interning with Tech Treasures; and Cameren Hall, Indiana Tech Student Employee of the Year, conference services.

• Study Elementary School won an annual food drive contest benefiting the Associated Churches Food Bank. The Fort Wayne Community Schools building collected 1,800 pounds of food, besting efforts by five other schools.


Yahya Alsaeed and Christopher Bushey of Angola; Jason Brand, Roger Chase and Stone Miguel of Fort Wayne; Aaron Burns of New Haven; Justin McConnell of Auburn; Eric Romanowski of Columbia City; and Blake Trusty of Fremont were among 49 Trine students inducted into the Order of the Engineer.

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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