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  • Photos by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Haley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Sheila Roper works on sequencing with Danielle Vance, 5.

  • Roper works with student Aaliyah Dumas, 6, on accessing technology in the classroom. Roper has been teaching 25 years.

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Monday, November 05, 2018 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Sheila Roper

School: Haley Elementary School

Grade teaching: Kindergarten

Education: Bachelor of Science, Ohio State University; master's degree, Ashland University

Years teaching: 25

City born: Columbus, Ohio

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Steve; two sons, Caleb and Joshua

Last book read: Bible

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Claybaugh

Favorite class in school: As a student: math. As a teacher: reading.

Favorite teaching memory: The look of accomplishment and pride on the students' faces when they finish reading their first book.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Attending all of my family's activities (baseball games, cross country meets, soccer games, band concerts, etc.).

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? The more you practice, the better you get, and the easier it becomes.

Recommended by: Heidi Vance

Reason for recommendation: “Ms. Roper is a wonderful caring teacher. She has taught three of my four kids, and I always know they are in good hands. I love how she goes the extra mile taking pictures throughout the year and compiling them into a book so we can see what they did and how they have grown. My daughter Danielle, age 5, says, 'She is kind to everybody. I love her fun teaching songs and awesome math!'”


• Bishop Luers High School will offer the Henry-Keefer Scholarship Exam from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Enter through Door 3 by the cafeteria. Any eighth-grader interested in attending Luers is welcome. A total of $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the top 10 scoring students. Pre-registration is not required. Bring No. 2 pencils. The makeup date is Dec. 15. Students with an Individualized Education Program or Individualized Service Plan should test in December. For more information, call Jenny Andorfer at 260-456-1261, ext. 3139.

• The University of Saint Francis will host Indiana's American Mathematics Competition, 8 at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education on the main campus. The 40-minute, 25-question, multiple-choice contest is open to middle school students. None of the problems require the use of algebra or a calculator. A program will be available to parents during the test, and the event will end with awards. Students who score 20 or better are invited to take the next set of contests, the AMC 10/12. An optional one-hour preparatory session is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Doermer Family Center, Room 229. To register, contact Carolyn Exner at or 260-399-8067. For more information, contact Victor Kutsenok at 260-399-7700, ext. 8237 or Alfredo Villanueva at 260-399-7700, ext. 8235.

• The Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development will present the seventh annual executive forum, “Automation and the Human Experience,” Nov. 14 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake. A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. with the program to follow from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and available at Jay W. Richards, author of “Infiltrated,” “Indivisible” and “Money, Greed, and God,” will keynote the forum. Call Marsha Yocum at 574-372-5100, ext. 6094, for more information.

• Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus will host an apprenticeship fair during National Apprenticeship Week for students and community members. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Steel Dynamics Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, 3701 Dean Drive. Email or call 260-480-4241 with questions.

• The Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne, in conjunction with the Alumni Association of the University of Notre Dame, will host a lecture and panel discussion about school safety Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C of the Allen County Public Library. Panelists include Dottie Davis, Fort Wayne Community Schools security director, and Paul Helmke, former Fort Wayne mayor and former president and CEO of the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The event is free and open to the public. If possible, RSVP to Jacob Benedict at Questions or discussion items may also be submitted.

Recognition, scholarship

• The Health Education Vitality Award presented by McMillen Health was awarded to Huntington University's Beth O'Rourke, doctor of occupational therapy, assistant director of academics and OTD assistant.

Dylan Barrow, a Ball State University junior from Fort Wayne, was named homecoming king for 2018. He was nominated by his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. A campus-wide vote narrowed 30 candidates to 10, who interviewed with a panel of alumni. Barrow plans to join the Homecoming Steering Committee next year.

Kenzie Richards of Sherwood, Ohio, received the Edward J. Kiernan Scholarship by the International Union of Police Associations. She is the daughter of David Richards, a member of the Defiance Police Officers Association. She will attend Indiana Wesleyan University.


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.