The Journal Gazette
Monday, September 09, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

An East Allen County Schools teacher who “gives kids every chance to feel better about themselves” has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.

Julie Sweet

School: Leo Junior-Senior High School

Subject teaching: Mild Interventions at Leo last year but now serving as an educational diagnostician for EACS.

Years teaching: 20 years

City born: Valparaiso

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Greg, and son, Sam.

Book you'd recommend: There are so many, but I think everyone should read the Harry Potter books because they spark imagination and contain many good life lessons.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Woodruff, my first grade teacher

Favorite teaching memory: My first year of teaching, I had a young man in my class who was difficult to deal with behaviorally. He frustrated and challenged me daily. On his last day of high school, he came to my classroom, gave me a hug and thanked me for the help I had given him throughout his four years of high school. That's when I realized the impact a teacher can make on his or her students.

Hobbies: Reading, shopping, traveling

Interesting fact about yourself: My college minor was Spanish.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? You are more capable than you think, so always try your best.

Recommended by: Kevin Rebman

Reason for recommendation: “She is over amazing on helping kids that need a little more help than some others at Leo. She goes way above the call of duty in her programs for the school. She gives kids every chance to feel better about themselves in learning their subjects. She is what the word 'teacher' to me means.”


• Kiddie Academy of Southwest Fort Wayne, 9336 Illinois Road, invites local children and their families to celebrate its grand opening, with “Storytime featuring Curious George and Pinkalicious” at 10 a.m. Sept. 14.

Concordia Lutheran

• As part of Future Cadet Night, fifth through eighth grade students are invited to attend for free Concordia Lutheran High School's football game against Bishop Dwenger at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Zollner Stadium. Students will receive a free popcorn and be entered for prizes throughout the night. This is the Homecoming game, so come early for our food truck tailgate, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Sign up online for a free ticket to the game at

Holy Cross Lutheran

• The Fort Wayne Active Transportation Coalition is partnering with Holy Cross Lutheran School to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking on National Walk to School Day on Oct. 2. Community members, including Mayor Tom Henry, will join Holy Cross students, parents and staffers in a walk from Lions Park (at Carew Street and Hazelwood Avenue) to Holy Cross Lutheran School. For more information, contact Mo Palmer at or 260-413-1674.

Indiana Tech

Gail Amstutz, an assistant professor of accounting, has won the Leepoxy Plastics Award for Teaching Innovation. This award was established in 2008 by community supporter and owner of Leepoxy Plastics, Larry Lee. It is given annually to a full-time faculty member.

• William Strauss: Economic Outlook for 2020, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Talwar Leadership Center inside Snyder Academic Center. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

• Learn about becoming an Indiana State Trooper, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Indiana Tech's Schaefer Center Gymnasium. This information session covers the hiring and selection process. Attendees should also come to the event with workout apparel. Register no later than Sept. 17 at

Manchester University

• Manchester University offers two presentations, one by an Egyptologist and professional guide in Egypt, and the other a performer and activist who will perform “Marx in Soho,” a play by Howard Zinn. Both are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Mido Dido will offer images of temples, pyramids and tombs, and connect these sites and hieroglyphics to Egyptian and biblical religion. “Pyramids, Nile Temples, and Tombs of Pharaohs” is 3:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. “Marx in Soho” is 7 p.m. Thursday in Cordier Auditorium.

Trine University

• Trine University has received a $3,000 grant from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium to support a student team in the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Build Fly competition. The grant will help cover travel expenses and materials for building an aircraft. The 2020 Design Build Fly competition will take place in April in Wichita, Kansas.

• The Indiana Space Grant Consortium has awarded $1,500 scholarships to two local Trine students for study during the 2019-2020 school year. They are Bethany Blumer, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering from Kendallville, and Kathrine Kline, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering from Kendallville.

• Longtime Trine supporters Drs. Rick L. and Vicki L. James of Auburn will receive Lifetime Achievement awards during the 37th annual Indiana Philanthropy Awards celebration, presented by Aly Sterling Philanthropy. They were nominated by Trine and will be honored in Nov. 14 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. A networking reception begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and awards presentation at noon. Individual tickets are available for $50 each, and a table of 10 is available for $1,000. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. To register and learn more about the celebration, call 317-824-0940.


• Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce the 2019 WCS School Board Scholarship awardees. Recipients of this scholarship opportunity for WCS staffers will receive $4,000 toward their education pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in education, administration or other content areas specific to their career fields with WCS.

Scholarship awardees are David Burden, STEM instructional coach; Crystal Kreider, Leesburg Elementary fifth grade teacher; Chantel Sorenson, Warsaw Community High School world languages teacher; Leah Sprunger, WCHS science teacher; and Brad Gutwein, technology manager.

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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