The Journal Gazette
Monday, December 02, 2019 1:00 am

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An Adams Elementary School teacher who is excited when students are excited about learning has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows:

Emma Haines

School: Adams Elementary School

Grade or subject teaching: Kindergarten

Years teaching: 14

City born: Muncie

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Greg; son, Ryan; and daughter, Haley

Last book read:“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons”

Favorite teachers: Mrs. Corn in second grade and Mr. Mullett in third grade

Favorite class in school: Math

Favorite teaching memory: Many, but in kindergarten it is so exciting when they get something for the first time and how excited they are or they're so excited to know the answer they can't help but yell it out. I love when my former students come back to see me and still want a hug!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Traveling, watching the Cincinnati Reds and IU basketball

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Never give up and always try your best. You can accomplish anything you want; believe in yourself. 

Recommended by: Brittany Frane

Reason for recommendation: “Mrs. Haines is a wonderful kindergarten teacher. She shows compassion for each child and is really focused on making sure they succeed.”

Impact Institute

• High school students taking part in the Marine Service Technology program at Impact Institute, 1607 Dowling St. in Kendallville, now have two more of the latest Mercury outboard engines to practice and study on, thanks to a recent donation by Mercury Marine University, which has an ongoing relationship with the school.

Currently, 24 area high school juniors and seniors take part in the two-year program, which includes 21/2 hours of daily instruction on a variety of marine engines and systems. Over the course of two years, students will study the repair and testing of outboard and sterndrive engines, including popular boat electronics systems. In addition, students learn the skills necessary to work in a dealership, such as maintenance, winterizing, safe operation, customer relations, and more. 

Saint Francis

• The University of Saint Francis recently received confirmation of continued accreditation for its nursing programs by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The baccalaureate program in nursing has received accreditation for the next 10 years, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program has received accreditation for the next five years, both of which are the maximum length of time that can be awarded.


• NBA Hall of Famer, businessman and philanthropist Isiah Thomas will highlight efforts to support students, providing the keynote address for the university's 17th annual Scholarship Gala on Feb. 8.

His philanthropic efforts have supported educational, anti-crime and anti-poverty programs nationwide. Inspired by his mother's work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and families in Chicago, Thomas founded the Mary's Court Foundation in her honor to support the health, safety, academic and personal achievement of Chicago's youth and youth around the country. He also has established scholarships at Indiana University, where he has supported more than 100 criminal justice students, and at the University of California Berkeley.

The Gala starts at 6 p.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic Recreation Center on the Trine campus. In addition to Thomas' presentation, the evening will feature wine tasting, a gourmet dinner by Bon Appetit, live music provided by the Trine University Jazz Band, and live and silent auctions. Sponsorship packages and tickets are available through Feb. 1.

To reserve tickets ($100 each), donate an auction item or get sponsorship details, go to or call 260-665-4114.

The university will offer the opportunity to fund $500 Books and Beyond Scholarships during the Gala. Contributions to the Books and Beyond Scholarship program go directly to financially disadvantaged students, allowing them to buy needed books, computers, school and lab supplies, and meals. Trine board chair and alumnus Rick L. James and his wife, Vicki L. James, and The James Foundation Inc. are offering a matching grant for Books and Beyond scholarships. The match will be $250,000. For more information on the Scholarship Gala, contact Mary Ditmars at or Maureen Bernath at, or call 260- 665-4114.

• Trine University's Fall 2019 Humanities Symposia concludes Tuesday, with “Hammers, Superheroes, and Apocalyptic Weapons: Norse Mythology in Comics.” The Symposia is presented by Trine's Department of Humanities and Communication. Sessions are held in Wells Theater inside Taylor Hall, with each symposium set to begin at 3:30 p.m. Patrick Ridout, assistant director of information services in the LINK, Trine's library and academic support center, will discuss Norse myths and how they have been reinterpreted and popularized in comics. For more information about the Symposia, contact Melissa Mayus, Ph.D., assistant professor in Trine's Department of Humanities and Communication, at


• The engineering and technology departments of Edgewood Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, and Warsaw Area Career Center announced the joint hosting of the Warsaw Robotics Blended VEX VRC State Qualifier tournament. The Tower Takeover event will take place Jan. 18. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with registration and inspection taking place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The tournament will be held at Tiger Recreation & Activity Center on the Warsaw Community High School campus. The event is scheduled to conclude about 5:45 p.m. with an awards ceremony. Concessions will be available throughout the day. For more information, go to:

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.

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