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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Julie Niman is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Summit Middle School, where she is the yearbook adviser.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:38 am

Education Notebook

Jamie Duffy The Journal Gazette

Julie Niman

School: Summit Middle School

Grade teaching: Seventh grade

Education: IPFW, bachelor of science in education

Years teaching: 6

City born: Larwill

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Nick (husband), Jeremy,18 , Justin,15

Last book read: "Is it Night or Day?"

Favorite teacher(s): My favorite teacher of all time was Mrs. Dial, my high school home economics teacher. She taught me so much more than her class curriculum. She believed that I could achieve anything I wanted and made me believe it, too. I am certain I would not be the person I am if I had not had her in my life.

Favorite class in school: My favorite class in school was journalism. I loved creating layouts and editing the school newspaper. I guess it is only fitting that I am now the Yearbook Club sponsor here at Summit.

Favorite teaching memory: Among her favorite teaching memories is the story of Hank who initially wasn’t making positive choices, but had a yearning to earn Falcon of the Month. At the end of his eighth-grade year, "he was recognized as his team’s male Soaring Falcon. This prestigious award is given to only one male and one female from each team. I will never forget how proud he looked when I went to congratulate him. All I said was, ‘I knew you could do it.’ "

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? I think the most important thing I could say is, "Do something that makes you happy." Life is hard. Work is hard. But when you choose to work at a place that makes you happy, it is easier.

Nominated by: Josh St. John, principal 

Reason for nomination: Excellence in teaching.

Grace College

Paulette Sauders is about to complete her 50th year as English and journalism professor at Grace College. Only three others have reached this milestone at Grace, but Sauders is the first full-time faculty member to do it while continuing to actively teach. Sauders graduated from Grace College in 1964 with a bachelor’s in English education. After teaching for a year at the Akron Bible Institute, she was appointed professor of English and journalism at Grace. Over the years, she earned her master’s in literature from the University of Saint Francis and her doctorate in English literature from Ball State University, where she became a C.S. Lewis scholar. Sauders has presented several academic papers on Lewis, most recently at the Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis and Friends and at Huntington University for the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. Several of her papers were published in "Inklings Forever." For 35 years, Sauders has taken Grace students on a two-day trip to Stratford, Canada, to attend plays at the Shakespeare Festival Theatre, and since 1995, she’s taken students to England over spring break to visit London, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford, Bath, Stonehenge/Salisbury and Wales.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

Ivy Tech Northeast will host a free summer STEM camp for area high school teachers in fields that includes general science, chemistry, physics, math and technology. The free, one-week workshop will include instruction about how to conduct low or no cost labs and experiments with everyday materials. The camp is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 to 31. For more information and to sign up, go to or contact Stephanie Hilton at or 481-2241. 


• Applications are now being accepted for IPFW’s new concentration, family nurse practitioner, to its master of science with a major in nursing program. The new concentration will start in the fall. For more information, contact Sydney Miracle at 481-6189 or email

• IPFW’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching has announced several annual faculty awards. Mark Jordan, associate professor of biology, will receive the 2015 Leepoxy Plastics Inc. Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Heather Krull, clinical assistant professor of nursing, will receive the 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Manchester University

Lisa Ford, of Wabash, has joined the Manchester University Board of Trustees for a five-year term. Ford is a 1992 graduate of Taylor University and completed her master’s in education at Ball State University. Ford taught at American embassy schools in Kuwait and Damascus, Syria.

Indiana Tech 

Indiana Tech has chosen John F. Shannon, Ph.D., as vice president for academic affairs as of June 29. He currently serves in the same position at Trine University in Angola. Shannon first joined Trine in 2007 as dean and professor of the University’s Jannen School of Arts & Sciences. Prior to his tenure at Trine, Shannon served as dean and professor at the Middle East School III of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, from 2004 to 2007. From 1997 to 2004, he served at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

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