Two Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers were nominated for Teacher Honor Roll for being a “dream team” during a transition. Their profiles follow.
School:Whitney Young Early Childhood Center
Grade teaching: Kindergarten
Education: Bachelor’s degree from IPFW, Transition to Teaching certificate from Taylor University
City born and current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: My husband, Kevin, and I have one daughter.
Recent book read: I have been reading books from the juvenile collection looking for new read-aloud books for my kindergartners. Two of my new favorites are “Ranger in Time” and “Treasure Hunters.”
Favorite teachers: My favorite teachers are the five amazing women on my kindergarten team; Nicole Burt, Tami Carlyle, Jackie Itt, Angie Kindler and Kim Zimmerman. I can’t imagine teaching without them!
Favorite class in school: English and language arts, honestly any class we were allowed free reading time!
Favorite teaching memory: Walking into my building every day is pure joy! Being a part of the Whitney Young family is a privilege. The best part of my job is building relationships. We are a team, and our classroom is a family. When I see my students offer support and encouragement to one another, show compassion and treat each other with kindness, I know I am where I am meant to be.
Favorite extracurricular activity: Spending time with my family, going to the beach, reading and anything creative.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? I believe in you, believe in yourself! Always do your personal best and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I am here for you and will always be in your corner.
School: Whitney Young Early Childhood Center
Grade teaching: Substitute teaching kindergarten
Education: Bachelor’s degree, general studies, from IPFW
City born and current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: Mother of two daughters
Recent book read: “White Fragility,” “Last Child in the Woods”
Favorite teacher: Georgina Bush, my second grade teacher at Weisser Park Elementary School.
Favorite class in school: Art, science, social studies
Favorite teaching memory: Learning about blue whales at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center
Favorite extracurricular activity: Art, swimming, riding my bike with my kids
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Always keep it moving. Dreams and goals may change, don’t be too hard on yourself. You can do it if you keep moving!
Recommended last academic year by Alecia Miller, who commended Grigar for an easy transition when Grigar needed to fill in for Cook.
Reason for recommendation: “I simply cannot nominate one without the other, Ms. Emily Cook and Ms. Emily Grigar at Whitney Young have made kindergarten a success for my (child). … Ms. Emily G. left another classroom to jump in and take over without missing a beat. Transitions are never easy for kindergartners, especially ones with anxiety, but this dream team has gone above and beyond to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
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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 [email protected]
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 [email protected] at least two weeks before the desired publication date.
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