Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook | Schools

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook | Schools


An East Allen County Schools teacher who helped a boy love school again has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.

Name: Jody Moher

School: Leo Elementary School

Grade teaching: Fifth grade

Education: Bachelor’s from IPFW and master’s from Indiana Wesleyan University

Years teaching: 17 years

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Married to Rob Moher, and we have two children, Tyler and Morgan. We have been blessed to raise our kids with our siblings and their families close by.

Book you’d recommend: I am an avid reader and have so many I would love to share. I recently read “Someone Named Eva” by Joan Wolf with my daughter.(Another recommendation is) “A Soldier’s Secret” by Marissa Moss. It is an incredible true story of Sarah Edmonds, who was a Civil War hero. For pleasure, I read “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. It is based off of the true story of the events of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

Favorite teacher: I have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers and memories from my education, but my eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Kueker, stands out. She pushed us all so hard and created an environment that fostered an amazing community of learners.

Favorite teaching memory: It isn’t just about one memory, but it is about the memories, good and bad, you collect over the years. The year you spend with your class imprints on your heart and stays with you for a lifetime. In my class we refer to them as treasures, and treasures are collected through everyday moments with my students. Moments that I look forward to are team challenges on Friday, watching students take initiative to help each other out, overcoming obstacles, and watching them mature throughout their year. It is all about the relationships we build, and being able to send them on their way and continue to watch them blossom into some pretty amazing individuals.

Hobbies: As a family we enjoy traveling, golfing, the beach and ocean, spending time at the lake, hanging out in the backyard, attending sporting events, reading, gardening and playing games.

Interesting fact about yourself: If you ask my students, it would be that I have a very loud voice, can do the splits and eat and write left-handed and do everything else right-handed.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? That wherever the journey of life takes them they should believe in themselves, work hard in all that they do, do life with integrity, look out for others, and failure opens the door for some of the greatest lessons.

Recommended by: Kendra Rivera or, as Moher knows her, Kendra Delatorre.

Reason for recommendation: “She was my son’s first teacher when we moved to the school district she made him love school again. We moved from a different district where he struggled because he was so far ahead. She can teach and make it fun but very meaningful. Wonderful lady.”

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Sammie Vance, 10, is one of the 16 young environmental activists from across the globe honored by Action For Nature as a Young Eco-Hero, an award that recognizes eco-conscious youth aged 8 to 16 for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world’s critical environmental challenges. Sammie received the second-place award in the 8-12 age category as the founder of Sammie’s Buddy Bench Project, an organization that collects plastic bottle caps that are upcycled into park benches for schools.


Allison Goetcheus has been named director of civic engagement and Title IX coordinator. She was director of the Center for Service Opportunities for two years before assuming the new role. Goetcheus will continue to engage the university community and its service partners throughout northeast Indiana with volunteer opportunities. She will also direct the student Title TX conduct process while emphasizing restorative justice and service.


• Northrop High School’s Class of 1974, celebrating its 45th anniversary, has slated a “Reunion with a Cause” weekend for Oct. 4-5. The class is inviting members of the school’s first five graduating classes (1972-1976) to participate in the festivities, which will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. An informal gathering will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 before the homecoming football game. The official reunion is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Boys and Girls Clubs’ new facility, 2609 Fairfield Ave.


• Fort Wayne Community Schools educator Chris Roberts is among the top 10 finalists for Indiana Teacher of the Year.

• The National Assessment Governing Board is accepting nominations through Oct. 18 for board members whose term would begin in October 2020, for the following board positions: chief state school officer, general public representative, general public representative – parent leader, local school board member, non-public school administrator/policymaker, state legislator – Democrat, state legislator – Republican, and testing and measurement expert are among the eight positions to be filled. Go to http://bit.ly/JoinTheBoard14.

Saint Francis

• Seven members of the University of Saint Francis Board of Trustees have been elected to new terms. Bill Niezer, Pat Pasterick and Rick Poinsatte of Fort Wayne, Chuck Schrimper of Leo-Cedarville, and Tom Creevey and Sister Jennifer Henry, OSF of Mishawaka were re-elected to new three-year terms. Nick Yack of Fort Wayne was elected to his initial three-year term.

• The University of Saint Francis recognized faculty achievements at its annual Faculty Scholarship Banquet on Aug. 20. Instructors who won university awards, completed advanced degrees or earned tenure, promotions and sabbaticals were honored.

• The 2018-19 Leepoxy Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded to Courtney Lloyd, assistant professor of physician assistant studies.

Ken Bugajski, professor of English, was awarded the 2018-19 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.

• Faculty earning promotions in 2018-19 include: Rachel Gilson, assistant professor of nursing, Michael Levan, associate professor of English, Carrie Miller, assistant professor of surgical technology, Gregory Smith, assistant professor of accounting, Vincent Wargo, associate professor of philosophy, and Lori Westropp, associate professor of social work.

• Faculty earning tenure in 2018-19 include: Julie Gardner, assistant professor of biology, Michael Levan, associate professor of English, Susan Lown, assistant professor of nursing, Beverly Moellering, associate professor of nutrition, Gregory Smith, assistant professor of accounting, Vincent Wargo, associate professor of philosophy, and Lori Westropp, associate professor of social work.

• Faculty members who were honored for completing advanced degrees are: Joshua Fairbanks, instructor of physician assistant studies, Michelle Hoffman, assistant professor in physical therapist assistant program, Caitlyn Krouse, assistant professor of nursing, and David Stehlik, assistant professor of management.

• Faculty members who were awarded sabbaticals include: Fall 2019 – Lou Weber, professor of biology; Spring 2020 – Lorene Arnold, associate professor of nursing.

• These USF faculty members have received faculty emeritus ranking in 2018-19: Donna Lyke, associate professor of radiologic technology, Karen Palumbo, professor of business administration, Mary Kay Solon, professor in physical therapist assistant program, and Margaret Wilson, professor of nursing.


• Questa Education Foundation awarded $85,000 through the Venette M. and Mabel M. Sites scholarship to these Allen County high school graduates, including: Jordan Bridges, Caleb DeLieto, Cassidy Forbing, Natalie Grose, Victoria Grose, Alexandra Harvey, Alauna Keeley, and Madison Rudolph of Carroll; Jessica Moore, Kiersten Nichter, Erin Simons, and Katherine Watson of East Allen University; Rozlynn Everhart, Veronica Hare, Kimberlie Kline, Andrew Kohrman, and Nicole Rothgeb of Heritage; John Crook and Luis Rodriguez Perez of Homestead; Mackenzie Joefreda, Logan Sagstetter, Morgan Sanderson, Ian Thompson, and Corey Uetrecht of Leo; Chloe Bremer, Anika Hoffer, and Trever Kraner of New Haven; Noah Hardesty, Isabelle Harrison, and Soe San of North Side; Kristen Borntreger, Juan Gonzalez-Range, Lejla Hrustic, and Caitline Southernof Northrop; Maria Barrera, Catherine Birch, Hannah Black, Jacob Claycomb, Taylor Davis, Carly Geier, Lydia Haydock, Rylee Marks, Tyler Tinney, Brooke Toms, Naomi Vanderleest, and Adam Veeley of Snider; Kendra Girdham of South Side; Daymon Marlowe and Alyssa Vance of Wayne New Tech; Aaron Hahn, Loren Hahn, Kathryn Hockemeyer, Kyle Pessefall, and Paige Stutzman of Woodlan.

Rachel Sutter, a student at Grinnell College, has been recognized by The Kroger Co. Foundation as a 2019 Kroger Scholar, receiving a $2,500 scholarship. Sutter is receiving this award for the second consecutive year, receiving a total of $5,000 to apply to tuition and related expenses.


• The Trine University chapter of Engineers Without Borders will host a golf outing Sept. 14, at Zollner Golf Course to raise money for an ongoing project that will provide drinking water to a village in Ecuador. The event begins with lunch at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., Cost is $100 for a team of four, which includes a box lunch, cart and 18-hole scramble.

• Trine University has named Evan Gustin as its new director of student activities. Gustin had served as an admission counselor at Trine since January. He replaces O’Shea Owens, who was named assistant athletic director of game operations and fan experience at Trine last month.

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]

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