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Monday, March 28, 2016 4:07 am

Teacher honor roll/Education notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Diana Crisler

School: Towles Montessori School

Grade: Grades 4-6 

Education: Bachelor of Science in education, Indiana University; master’s in education, Indiana Wesleyan University

Years of Experience: 27

City born: Pensacola, Florida

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Tim; three daughters – Emily, Katie and Madison 

Last book read: "Mosaic of Thought" by Keene/Zimmermann. I am currently reading "Putting Thinking to the Test" by Lori L. Conrad.

Favorite teachers: My third-grade teacher Mrs. Winger, and her husband was my favorite math teacher in middle school.

Favorite classes: I loved art and English in high school. My favorite subject in college was math.

Favorite teaching memory: I have so many wonderful memories, it was really hard for me to pick just one. I love the children I teach and the staff that I work with. I am blessed.

Advice for my students:  I tell them to love what they do, be the best "you" that you can be, be honest, be fair, and have fun. Always take the path least traveled. Whatever you do in life, make sure you love it and that you give 110 percent every single day. 

Recommended by: Landen Dantzer, student

Reason for recommendation:  "I would like to recognize (Mrs. Crisler) for dedicating her time to us during and after school.  She enjoys helping new teachers learn Montessori philosophy, and she is very good at about every subject. Mrs. Crisler makes learning fun with special projects, such as nomenclature, writing and performing plays, encouraging our literature circles and allowing us special privileges for staying focused and completing our work. She spends most of her day teaching lessons and helping to make sure we understand new concepts. She even lets us rewrite papers and resubmit work if she knows we just need extra time to make it right. My teacher makes us laugh, has fun joking around with us, and I always want to do my best for her because I know she really cares about me.  Thank you for letting me talk about my wonderful teacher, Mrs. Crisler."


• IPFW recently announced these Chapman Scholars who will receive tuition, fees, room and board, and textbooks for four years: Brooklyn ­Bieszke, Carroll High School, majoring in political science; Brian Blackwell, R. Nelson Snider High School, majoring in chemistry; Srikiran Dasari, Northrop High School, majoring in biology/pre-med; and Scott Forsythe, Eagle Academy in Huntington, majoring in computer engineering technology.

• Valleri Bowman, East Allen University, is the first recipient of the Auer Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for an incoming freshman who intends to major in theater or music.

Indiana Tech

Andrew Fisher, a senior at Northrop High School, and Caleb Gose and Blake Davis, both seniors at Garrett High School, earned the Engineering and Computer Sciences Scholarship to attend Indiana Tech. 

Fisher will pursue a degree in software engineering. Gose and Davis intend to major in biomedical engineering They will receive $15,000 for each of four years. Fisher was on Northrop’s swim team and the school newspaper staff. Gose is a member of Garrett’s student council, the National Honor Society and the Friends of Rachel Club, and was captain of the football team. Davis was on the football and wrestling teams. 

Homestead High School

Homestead High School’s radio station, The Point 91.1, earned second place at the annual Indiana Association of School Broadcasters awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

The competition was among 43 high schools, career centers and vocational programs in Indiana. 

Sophomore Cameron Kruger won first place in the "Bit or Skit" category, junior Austin Render won second place in the "Interview" category and junior Kolin Davis won second place for "Live News Anchor," where he broadcast live on UIndy’s radio station, WICR.

Davis took second place for his script in "Copywriting" and third in "Bit or Skit." Junior Gabe Smith placed third for his "Radio InDepth" and sophomore Garrett Willis received third place in the "Sportscast" category. 

Additionally, the Homestead television department took second place in the "School Newscast" category. Homestead’s radio and television programs have nearly 100 students enrolled.


Morgan Bland, Anna Stout and Paul Ward, members of the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony Orchestra, were each awarded a $300 scholarship by the Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity, to help with summer music camp tuition. These are auditioned scholarships available each year to the Youth Symphony and Youth Concert orchestra members.


Students and parents who have a favorite teacher may 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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