The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 04, 2016 3:52 am

Teacher honor roll/education notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Nikki Fultz

School: Waynedale Elementary School

Grade teaching: Third Grade

Education: Bachelor in Elementary Education from IPFW; Master in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from Walden University

Years teaching: Nine

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: My wife, Kara, teaches at South Side. We have three daughters who are each 20 years old, Keela, Katelynn and Indira, as well a 3-year-old son, Tegan.

Last book read: Besides reading daily to my class and son, the last book I read was Mindy Kaling’s book, "Why Not Me?"

Favorite teacher(s): I had amazing teachers throughout my time at FWCS. My favorite teacher at Arlington was Mrs. Herr, Mrs. Johnston at Jefferson, and Mrs. Richter at Northrop.

Favorite class in school: I have always been a huge fan of history and Mr. Stinson’s ’60s class at Northrop was great!

Favorite teaching memory: I love it when students come back to visit years after I have had them. It is so cool to see how they have grown and become successful in high school. Those are the moments when I’m reminded what a difference I’m making.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? I hope to inspire students to become members of a global community and pay attention to what is happening in the world. I try to instill a love of learning and an understanding of the potential each student possesses. The main advice I have for students is to do their personal best each day which will hopefully continue on throughout their life.

Recommended by: Krysta Young

Reason for Recommendation: "Ms. Fultz has really brought the best out of my son and from what I can see is an amazing teacher all the way around. She really fosters the kids’ love of reading by choosing books they love and books they find interesting. Her projects are well thought out, with clear learning objectives and, again, interesting for the kids. All her lessons are made to help the kids learn in a way that makes sense to them. I just can’t put it all into words. She has been a true blessing for my son, and I wish I could have her as a teacher every year. I really believe she deserves some recognition for her hard work, dedication and creative thinking! We love her! The principal there is pretty amazing as well."  

University of Saint Francis

• Registration is open for Saturday-morning art classes for children through the School of Creative Arts. Classes are for children in first through eighth grades from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 30 through April 16. Students will be introduced to a variety of processes, artists and cultures through media and disciplines such as drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia and ceramics. The cost is $85 per child, which includes all materials and instruction fees. For more information or a registration form, contact the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064.

• Sophomore Martha L. Ocobachi, of Ligonier, was one of 31 students from Indiana independent colleges and universities chosen for the "Realizing the Dream" banquet in Indianapolis. She was selected by Saint Francis for outstanding achievement in her freshman year. Each student received a $2,500 check  and each student’s selected teacher/mentor received a $1,000 professional development grant. Ocobachi named Kelly Parks from West Noble Primary School in Ligonier as her most influential teacher. The award comes from a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, recognizing first-generation students attending ICI campuses.One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first generation. 

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University has been named a top school in a college guide published by Military Advanced Education and Transition, a journal of higher education for service members and veterans. Indiana Wesleyan University, which is also ranked No. 11 on the "Best Colleges for Veterans" list compiled by U.S. News & World Report, offers specific financial assistance for active-duty military students and their spouses. Active-duty military personnel receive discounted tuition for the university’s adult and graduate programs offered through the university’s evening and Saturday instruction at its regional education centers located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as discounted tuition for its adult and graduate online.

Indiana Tech

The Higher Education Marketing Report honored Indiana Tech with a Silver Award as part of its third annual Education Digital Marketing Awards competition. Indiana Tech won the award in the Admissions Website category for its recently launched Student Snapshot, which was created to attract traditional day students. Student Snapshot was developed by Tech’s day admissions team, webmaster Pete Nowak and Web developer Joel Kuhn, to provide prospective students with a look at the Indiana Tech experience. Tech’s site went up against entrants from much larger schools, including the University of Pittsburgh and Clemson University. Indiana Tech’s Student Snapshot can be viewed at

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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