The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:31 pm

Education notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Christina Sandberg Johnson

School: North Side High School

Grade teaching: 9

Education: Bachelor of Science,  Indiana Wesleyan University, Secondary Education

Years teaching: 1

City born: Cincinnati

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: My husband and I just got married over the summer

Last book read: "Paper Towns" by John Green

Favorite teacher(s): My English teacher from middle school inspired me to become a teacher with her creativity and kindness.

Favorite class in school: I have always loved English class.

Favorite teaching memory: I love when my students stay after school to get extra help because I get to know them more.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future?: Hard work is the key to making a bright future for yourself.

Nominated by: Alexus Vaughn Weil

Reason for nomination: She has had a very tough and challenging year teaching high school students for the first time, and I think she did a miraculous job doing so. She helped our learning environment be more lively and different from other classes. Honestly, try(ing) to teach Romeo and Juliet in an interesting way is not an easy task, yet she tried to make it more interactive and interactive she did. She has a great sense of humor and life in her, which she always brings to school each and every day. She was a great teacher and friend in the school. 

University of Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis is accepting registrations for the 2015-16 Jesters arts programs. Those age 6 and older with developmental disabilities can participate in this program. The Jesters is a performing group of people with mild to severe developmental or physical disabilities. Jesters’ activities begin Saturday and meet weekly in the USF North Campus dance studio, 2702 Spring St., across from the main campus. Child and adult programs are available. Scholarships are available for both programs. Those interested can contact Molly McGowan in the School of Creative Arts at or 260-399-8064. For more information, contact director Allison Ballard at or 260-745-3107. Registrations will be accepted through Sept. 26.

Literacy Alliance

The Literacy Alliance is looking for volunteer tutors in reading, writing, math, science and social studies to prepare individuals for the high school equivalency exam. Literacy tutors work in classrooms and small group settings. Classes meet during the day, late afternoon or weekday evenings. Orientation and training are offered for all volunteers. To volunteer, contact Diana Bernal at 260-426-7323, or go to

Scholar Announced

Morgan Chilton, of Fort Wayne, received a Kroger Scholars award of $1,000. She is the daughter of Sherry Chilton, an associate at the 10230 Chestnut Plaza Drive location. Morgan is a senior at Goshen College majoring in nursing. 

Huntington College

Huntington University’s doctoral program in occupational therapy was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Eng­lish, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation over a period of four years. Over the next four years, the OTD faculty will purchase additional educational equipment and technology for the 96 OTD students and 10 full- and part-time occupational therapy faculty. The program was launched in August 2014.

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast 

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host  "Envisioning Your Future" Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective students at the Student Life Center, North Campus, 3701 Dean Dr. Prospective students may include those who have completed their high school equivalency/GED, never been to college or want to make a career change. To RSVP, contact Tanya Young at or call 480-4196.

Questa Foundation

The Questa Education Foundation has appointed three new board members: Sharon Peters, vice president and trust legal counsel, Old National Bank; Greg Smitley, vice president of finance/treasurer, Huntington University; and, Raylene Rospond, dean of the College of Pharmacy and vice president for institutional effectiveness, Manchester University. Current board officers include John Steiner, chair, senior vice president, Lake City Bank; Kerry Hubartt, vice chair, editor, The News-Sentinel; Judy Roy, treasurer, executive vice president of finance and administration, Indiana Tech; and James Koday, secretary, partner at Barrett McNagny. 


Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Career Services has introduced the new IPFW Career Fair Plus app. The app is available on Google Play and the iTunes app store. The Career Fair Plus app will be utilized for IPFW’s Mastodon Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 22 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse. For more information, contact Calderon at 260-481-6591 or email

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 46802-0088; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date. 

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