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Monday, November 25, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School teacher who is a citizen of two countries has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows:

Sharen Gall

School: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School

Grade or subject teaching: Preschool half-day program and all-day program Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Education: Stonehill College; University of Massachusetts Boston; Child Development Associate – Council for Professional Recognition, Washington D.C.

Years teaching: 14

City born: Easton, Massachusetts

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Tim, and daughter, Stephanie, a senior at Wellesley College

Book you'd recommend: “To Teach: The Journey, in Comics” by William Ayers and Ryan Alexander-Tanner. My daughter has to read it for one of her education courses at Wellesley and I picked it up to read and it is a true representation of what a creative and dedicated teacher does to link teaching and learning together.

Favorite teachers: I have the utmost respect for Craig Farashahi, Connie McGowan, and Lynda Horton. These three teachers were my role models when I first started teaching. They emulated what it meant to be an enthusiastic educator while also reaching each and every individual child in the classroom.

Favorite teaching memory: Every day is a new favorite memory in my classroom! I have so many favorite memories it is difficult to narrow it down to just one. I have the most incredible support staff (Lanettete Gallagher, Trisha VanKoski, Laura Marshall and Erika Wisbrun) and they make coming to work an adventure in the classroom. I absolutely love it when my former students come back to visit and still have the same enthusiasm for learning that they had while they were in my classroom.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the homeless community, cycling the trails

Interesting fact about yourself: I have dual-citizenship (United States and Ireland). This is my third career and by far the most rewarding! I do not view it as work when I come to school.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? To embrace each day and to always know that your contributions are valued and matter!

Recommended by: Kim Krish

Reason for recommendation: “I nominate Mrs. Gall because she is one of the kindest, considerate, and loving people I know. You can tell she truly loves what she does and cares for the children as if they were her own. She is a humble woman, she carries her crosses without complaint and is an example to us all of great strength. Her faith and love of God is reflected in the patience and kindness she shows to each person that comes through her classroom door. I can speak for many families when I say she serves our children well and is excited to see them succeed as much as we are. We are so grateful to have her teach our third child this year. She is truly a blessing to everyone who has the pleasure of knowing her.”  

Ivy Tech

• In its eighth year, A Reason to Taste at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne raised more than $86,000 for student scholarships and academic programs. The meal and wine pairings were inspired by students who won Ivy Tech's European Competition in January and traveled to France to study culinary arts over the summer. This experience was funded in part by A Reason to Taste and the Ivy Tech Foundation.

• Ivy Tech Community College will host Express Enrollment Day at more than 20 locations across Indiana, including Fort Wayne, on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students can visit participating Ivy Tech locations for an in-person enrollment experience. Ivy Tech encourages all new students to participate, even if they have yet to enroll. Everyone is welcome. This one-day event will allow prospective students to register for classes, discuss financial aid options and meet with academic advisors. Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about assessment options. For students without school transcripts or test scores to provide, the ACCUPLACER assessment can assist them in determining the classes that align with their needs. The first part of that commitment involves helping students know their way around. During Express Enrollment Day, students can complete the FYIvy online orientation and schedule in-person orientation sessions, including campus tours. Students can stop by at any time, but they are encouraged to RSVP, ensuring that each location can effectively serve its community. For more details, including a list of participating Ivy Tech locations, visit


• Manchester University senior Chris Francois has been named an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation. The federation is a nonprofit organization with consultative status at the United Nation's Economic and Social Council. Francois works with Delice Dental Health Initiative, to improve access to quality dental care in rural and urban Haitian communities. Francois is its co-founder and director of marketing.

Maegan Pollonais has been named assistant director of student diversity and inclusion at Manchester University. This is in addition to her role as director of Schwalm Hall, which houses upper-level undergraduate students. In her expanded responsibilities, Pollonais will manage day-to-day operations of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and assist in developing and retaining students of color and international students. Pollonais is in her final year of study for a doctoral degree in music, with a concentration in educational psychology, at Ball State University. Her dissertation focuses on the importance of multicultural vocal music to the development of the classical vocal music canon.

Purdue Fort Wayne

• Purdue University Fort Wayne announced the appointment of Geoff Thomas as the senior director of media relations for the university. Thomas is a veteran media and public relations professional with more than 23 years of experience working with journalists in northeast Indiana. Most recently, he concluded a two-decade tenure in the community relations department of Lutheran Health Network.

Saint Francis

Jason Shanks, president of the OSV Institute, has been appointed as a director on the Development Committee of the University of Saint Francis Board of Trustees. Before joining OSV Institute as president, Shanks served as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.  


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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