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Monday, August 19, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A Central Noble teacher has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll for her support of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center's “Kinderforest” program. Her profile follows.

Jodie K. Jordan

School: Central Noble Primary

Grade teaching: Kindergarten

Education: IPFW, bachelor's degree in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement and Outdoor Education trained

Years teaching: 18 years

City born: Kendallville

Current hometown: Kendallville

Family: Husband of 20 years and four children, ages 12, 16, 19 and 23.

Book you'd recommend: Any “Magic Tree House” book

Favorite teachers: Lon Ladig and Bob Sellers

Favorite teaching memory: Anytime I can watch the enjoyment on children's faces, when they are exploring the outdoors.

Hobbies: Working at my business, DaniJo's Thread Shop, with my lifelong friend.

Interesting fact about yourself: I enjoy participating in demolition derbies.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Always remember to be true to yourself, honest with everyone and kind always!

Recommended by: Tom Hartzell of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Reason for recommendation: She “has become a real leader and advocate for our 'Kinderforest' program, even earning the Joe Wright Award from the Environmental Education Association of Indiana.” 

Call for submissions

• With the 2019-20 academic year beginning, The Journal Gazette would like to share how college students make their dorm rooms home. Students wanting to show off their dorm decor – be it a theme or other unique element – should email Please include caption information, first and last name, hometown and college.


• Early Learning Indiana is seeking letters of intent from organizations across the state. Groups must submit letters of intent by Sept. 13. Strong applicants will then be asked to submit full applications, with up to 10 grants being awarded in December. This work is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Additional information can be found at

Indiana Tech

• The Society for Human Resource Management honored Indiana Tech's SHRM Student Chapter with a 2018-19 Superior Merit Award.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne announced three finalists for its 2019 New Venture Competition. The champion will receive up to $20,000 in startup capital for presenting the best business plan for his small business. The finalists are Evan Hendsbee, visual communications graduate; Matt Anderson, automotive technology graduate; and Jeffrey M. Sonner, engineering graduate.


• Pharmacy programs recently honored six faculty members with various awards, including Vaibhav MundraCarrie Hoefer, Sara Trovinger, Sandra Hrometz, Trent Towne and Brian Skinner.


• The Indiana Department of Education announced David Butler of Southern Wells Junior-Senior High School is a state finalist in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

• These northeast Indiana teachers are among 30 who advance in the state's teacher of the year program: Kim Desper of East Noble Middle School, Jan Hildebrand of Huntington North High School, Christopher Roberts of Fort Wayne Community Schools and Marius Sagnon of Homestead High School.

Saint Francis

• Parkview Health will provide $200,000 per year in scholarships for University of Saint Francis School of Health Sciences students in a new three-year agreement. The agreement is an addendum to a current three-year agreement in which Parkview provides $175,000 per year for USF scholarships. It will begin in 2020 and run through 2022.

Frank Duarte has been named University of Saint Francis director of bands. Duarte has served as a teaching fellow at Butler Community Arts School.


• Warsaw Community Schools will host speaker Kevin Hines and suicide prevention events Aug. 26. Community events include a free screening of Hines' movie, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. and a free presentation by Hines with an expert panel discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Both events will be at Warsaw Community Church. Go to for more information and to register.


• Trine University has promoted James Tew to senior director of content and communications. Tew joined Trine as director of communications in 2016.

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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