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Monday, November 08, 2021 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who makes his students feel special and loved has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. His profile follows.

Scott Mills

School: Mabel K. Holland Elementary School

Subject teaching: Applied skills for severe disability

Education: Bachelor of Science in education (Indiana University); Master of Divinity (Grace Theological Seminary); Doctorate of Ministry (Trinity International University).

Years teaching: Ninth year

City born: The old Lutheran Hospital on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne, which has since been torn down and made into a park.

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband to Deb Mills; father to Cora Layne Rowe and father-in-law to Brian Rowe; and Willow the Cat, whom the wife and daughter consider family.

Book you'd recommend: “The Giving Tree”; “The Velveteen Rabbit”; “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Favorite teacher: My fifth grade teacher, Sister Mary, at St. John the Baptist on Fairfield Avenue. She was a fun, but no-nonsense teacher, and she pulled me out into the hallway because I was in trouble again, or so I thought, and she said I had wonderful possibilities if I would apply myself. I never forgot her surprise encouragement, and when I visited the school years later, I walked to the very hallway spot where she had that talk with me. We never know when a word of encouragement will sink in deep. I worked hard for her because she believed in me.

Favorite teaching memory: We had a child come to school in a wheelchair as a kindergarten student, and I watched him leave Holland as a fifth grader walking out the door on his own. I work with amazing teachers and staff.

Favorite song: We have a dinosaur theme in our classroom this year, so my favorite song at the moment: “Move Like a Dinosaur.”

Hobbies: I started a tomato farm (some would call it a garden) in the backyard flowerbed from the seeds we grew in our classroom.

Interesting fact about yourself: I am a member of the 1972 Fort Wayne National Bank Foster Park Little League champions, so I will sign and autograph baseballs for gifts to family and friends.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? A student from Holland wrote for our school marquee earlier this year the following: “Try again and again.” Great advice for all of us.

Recommended by: Alisha Meyer

Reason for recommendation: “He was absolutely amazing with my son. They were buddies and had a special bond. My son absolutely loved going to school every day because of him. If we could have him as a teacher all the way up to 12th grade, I'm sure my son would excel more than with any other teacher he's been with. Seriously this man needs to have best teacher ever award! He always listened to my concerns and fixed it immediately. He followed my son's IEP (individualized education program) and made sure when he went into sixth grade to a different school he put as much in his IEP and report as he possibly could to help the new teacher. My son got an award almost every week. He really does know how to make these kiddos feel special and loved.” 


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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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