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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:15 am

Education Notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

David Stellwagen

Grade: Seventh and eighth grades 

Where:  St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School, Monroeville

How long: 30 years

Education: Bachelor of science in physical education from Concordia University; master of science in physical education from Eastern Michigan University

Born: St. Louis

Hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Wife, Debby; daughters: Abigail (20);  Kayla (18); and Alaina (16)

Last book: "Rembrandt’s Eyes" by Simon Schama

Favorite teacher: None (no teacher really made an impact on me)

Favorite class to teach: Three-way tie: literature, U. S. history, art

Favorite teaching memory: I recently received a letter from a student at the end of the year that brought tears to my eyes. The final paragraph read as follows: "Thank you for being the sage that dropped keys for us to help us through the quest of life. I now have the key to seek the pursuit of happiness with God’s help. I will be forever grateful for all that you have done this year." The ‘key’ dropping that she refers to comes from a poem that we do in our weekly Socratic dialogues. Ironically, one of my past students used that exact same poem in a graduation speech at Heritage High School just a few weeks later. Moments like that are simply priceless.

Advice for students? Be a morally good friend who drops keys and refuses to build cages on your quest for the true pursuit of happiness! (That may seem deep, but I would wager that every single one of my students understands the importance of those words!)

Recommended by: Stephanie Fuhrmann, parent

Reason for nomination: "Mr. ‘Stell’ takes students out of their comfort zone and allows them to see talents that they don’t even realize that they have. His infamous ‘Socratic Circles’ teach his students to read and evaluate literature and historical pieces in a way that makes these writings relevant to student’s lives. His ability to lift his most dedicated students as well as his less motivated students to strive for excellence is unique. Many will say that Mr. Stell wasn’t the easiest teacher they had, but he was the best. I can think of no higher compliment for a teacher. And as a parent, I can’t think of anything better for my child to learn than he is capable of more than he thinks he is. Mr. Stellwagens’s a tough cookie and his students (and their parents) appreciate him for it."

Manchester University

Manchester University’s Lego Camp on the North Manchester campus will run June 22-26. Morning sessions are 8 to 11 a.m. for students in first through third grades, and afternoon sessions are 1 to 4 p.m. for students in fourth through sixth grades. Campers will learn the principles of science, technology, engineering and math as they build both simple and motorized structures. The registration fee includes using Lego kits throughout the week, and a T-shirt. Cost is $99 per camper. Register at

Trine University

Trine University will host an open house on its Fort Wayne campus June 23 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Prospective students will meet with undergraduate and graduate degree program directors and speak with the financial aid department. The campus is at 9910 Dupont Circle Drive E. Suite 130. For more information contact or call 483-4949. 

Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will present the sixth annual South Side Fest on June 27  from 1  to 8 p.m. The fest will take place at the Public Safety Academy, Ivy Tech South Campus, 7602 Patriot Crossing. Activities include a 5-on-5 basketball tournament, dance competition, community resource and job fair, face-painting, beauty expo with free haircuts, musical entertainment including live, local bands and a karaoke talent competition, and food and merchandise vendors. 


The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and Wells Fargo have announced the 2015 Youth Scholarship winners. The annual awards recognize junior and senior high school students from Allen, Whitley and Wells counties. The following award winners received a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and a one-year YMCA student membership: Elizabeth Adams, Snider High School; Monica Frauhiger, Norwell High School; Alex Hunter, Norwell High School; San Youth Maw, South Side High School; Larissa Nanna, Carroll High School; and Aubrey Wright, Columbia City High School. 

Nomination forms are available in the spring of each year. For more information please contact the Y at 422-6488 or email


The Generation Study Abroad initiative of the Institute of International Education selected IPFW to receive $7,500 for students to study overseas. 

The university will match this funding to make a total of six student scholarship awards of $2,500 each. These six scholarships can be used for tuition, books, travel-related study, service-learning, or internships abroad between now and spring 2016. 

For more information call 481-6923, email or, or visit 

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, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne IN 46802-0088; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.


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