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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette New Haven Intermediate School teacher Mandy Baker talks with third-grader Madeline Turk at the Bulldog Store, where students can shop with bulldog bucks earned for good behavior.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:37 pm

Teacher honor roll/Education notebook

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Mandy Baker

School: New Haven Intermediate

Grade teaching: Instructional coach

Education: Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Science in educational leadership from IPFW

Years teaching: 13

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: New Haven

Family: Husband Ben; sons Ben and William

Last book read: "The Cafe Book"

Favorite teacher(s): Mr. Linson (formerly at Woodburn Elementary) and Mr. Screeton (formerly at New Haven Elementary) 

Favorite class in school: Reading

Favorite teaching memory: The moment when students click with a concept or skill. Makes it all worthwhile.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Perseverance is key to anything you do in life. If you work hard and you do your best you will get far!

Recommended by: Alicia Gatewood, principal

Reason: "Mandy Baker serves the district as a curriculum writer. She spends three mornings a week providing crucial staff development to our classroom teachers. Through the course of the day, she works with small groups of students to improve their skills in math and reading/language arts. She is a pivotal part of our Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and our Indiana School Improvement Team."

Art exhibit

Sister Cities Hosts International Young Artists & Authors Showcase Exhibit will be on show through Wednesday at the Allen Country Public Library on the second floor. The show has been touring the United States. This year’s theme, Peace through People, commemorates the 60th anniversary of Sister Cities International. 

University of Saint Francis

Seven University of Saint Francis students are traveling to Pittsburgh to present their research at the Ohio Valley Unified Malacologists meeting held at the Carnegie Museum. Nine USF undergraduate students representing several programs including biology, pre-medical chemistry, nursing, pre-pharmacy chemistry, pre-physician assistant biology and chemistry, along with one Homestead High School student, devoted 12 weeks of their summer to investigate the spatial distribution of nutrients in Whitley County’s Crooked Lake under the direction of Dr. Andrea Geyer and Mr. Warren Pryor. Recordings of the students actively completing this research were taken by Angel Hernandez, an Emmy-nominated director, for South Bend PBS as part of a documentary on the Tippecanoe River Valley. 

Ivy Tech Community College 

Strayer University is partnering with Ivy Tech Community College statewide to offer students a more affordable four-year degree. The Strayer­Complete initiative is being offered through Strayer University, a post-secondary higher education institution for working adults. All eligible credits received for completed Ivy Tech coursework will seamlessly transfer to Strayer University and will count toward a bachelor’s degree. In addition, Strayer University will offer Ivy Tech students a tuition rate for coursework at Strayer that matches the out-of-state online costs at Ivy Tech. Strayer has similar relationships with more than 200 community colleges across the country. For more information, go to

iAB Financial Bank

For the fifth year, iAB Financial Bank participated in Get Smart About Credit Day. The program, sponsored by the American Bankers Association, is an effort to educate America’s young adults by providing classroom presentations about financial literacy topics such as managing your money, paying for college, protecting your identity and being aware of your credit scores. iAB worked with more than 400 local high school students in Allen and Wells counties in four area high schools and 19 classrooms.

Scholastic Conference

The International Association of Innovations in Education, Educational Leadership and Counseling will be hosting its inaugural scholastic conference in Fort Wayne from Feb. 21 to 24. The IAIEELC recently was launched to provide collaboration time among college and university faculty members as well as to practicing teachers, counselors and school principals in these fields. Hotel Fort Wayne will be the site of the conference, with the conference registration and paper proposal deadline being Jan. 21. For more information, call 260-481-0494 or email or 

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