News 8 Honor Roll: Students Remembering 9

A Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher who “goes above and beyond” for her students has been nominated for Teacher Honor Roll. Her profile follows.

Gretchen Winebrenner

School: Waynedale Elementary School

Grade teaching: Second grade last academic year. Moved to kindergarten in August.

Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education from IPFW (Indiana University) in 2012.

Years teaching: Seven

City born: Fort Wayne

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: I have a 13-year-old daughter named Addie. I have a wonderful boyfriend named Greg, and he has two girls, Kaitlynn, a senior, and Makayla, fourth grade.

Recent book read: “Predator” by Patricia Cornwall

Favorite teachers: Tim Mullins (eighth grade at St. John the Baptist) and Eileen Brodmerkel (Bishop Luers High School).

Favorite class in school: My creative writing class in high school with Mrs. Brodmerkel. I finally felt like I could create something of my own and be expressive with my thoughts.

Favorite teaching memory: A student whom I've grown very close to was really struggling with math concepts. I have watched her get flustered and upset and keep trying over and over. I've explained to her that I had a hard time with math in school as well, so I know how frustrating it can be when it just doesn't make sense. I've cried with her because I understand how it feels. I've also watched her persevere through every single activity, every whole group and small group lesson we have had together. I've watched her give up time on iPads to finish her work and even take it to recess because she's so determined to get it done! I call her a warrior! I really look up to her ... she has taught me so much about never giving up!

Favorite extracurricular activity: I turn handmade pens on a lathe using wood or various resins.

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? I would advise them to be kind and caring to others, even when life isn't exactly fair. I would also like them to try a variety of different things because they will never know if they don't try! Work hard every day, even when the lessons are tough, or their friends are being mean, or they don't like school. Keep working. Try new things. Make new friends. Be a good person. Never give up!

Recommended by: Jessica Tucker

Reason for recommendation: “Such an amazing teacher, goes above and beyond every single day for all of her students. She is the prime example of an amazing teacher. She deserves all the recognition that we can give her.”


The Deer Ridge Elementary PTC will put on a Christmas Hand Made Craft Show from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to the school.

FAFSA filing event

Indiana's largest, free FAFSA filing event is Nov. 3 at 37 sites across Indiana, including Ivy Tech Community College, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, and 2545 Silveus Crossing in Warsaw.

This is the 31st year for College Goal Sunday in Indiana, an event that has helped tens of thousands of Hoosier families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Students should attend along with parents or guardians, and parents should bring completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 forms and other 2018 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2018 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 form or other 2018 income and benefits information.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at before coming to the event.

Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College will hold Trunk-or-Treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Cars will be parked at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne's North Campus, and trunks will be full of candy for trick-or-treaters. Kids can also ride a trackless train, create crafts, play games, and more.


Fort Wayne native

Jane Jorgenson will receive the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University President Michael McRobbie during a Homecoming celebration next week. Jorgensen established two endowed funds that provided scholarships for Global Gateway for Teachers participants. She is a founding member of the Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council and also helps guide the Colloquium for Women of Indiana University.


• Trine University's Business Office received a Best Practices Award from the Central Association of College and University Business Officers during the organization's annual meeting Sept.29-Oct.1 in Minneapolis. The Best Practices Program awards $1,000 to first place entries in each of three categories: research/comprehensive/doctoral institutions, small institutions and community colleges.

Trine was recognized among small institutions for its purchase card receipt capture and approval process using Visa's Spend Management mobile app. The process, implemented over the summer of 2018, allows employees with purchase cards to photograph and upload receipts, and link them to transactions. It also allows transactions to be approved via the mobile app.

• Trine welcomed nearly 200 representatives from 89 companies to its Engineering & Business Career Fair in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center on Sept.26.

About 600 students attended the event, which included businesses from as far away as northern California. Participation was by far the largest from both businesses and Trine students for any such event.

• Trine has promoted

Gretchen M. Miller to the new position of vice president for administration/chief of staff. Miller, who has been with the university since 2011, most recently served as assistant to the president and chief of staff.

In addition to providing leadership and coordination for the activities of the Office of the President and serving on the president's administration team, Miller will represent President

Earl D. Brooks II in administrative matters as delegated.

Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis will host Visual Arts and Music Technology workshops for high school students and teachers Oct.25.

Each student will participate in one of nine sessions with a faculty member. The workshops include digital animation, traditional animation, sculpting pendants/charms, screenprint monotype and sequential images, photography transfers, drawing, figure drawing, ceramics and illustration. Teachers will discuss the history, challenges and benefits of public art and explore the variety of ways artists engage with their communities. Also, teachers will create a collaborative public art piece as an example of a project they could integrate into the classroom. Six Professional Growth Points will be offered.

The workshops run 8:30a.m. to 2p.m. in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center on the campus, 2701 Spring St. Cost is $20 per student, which includes supplies and lunch. Teachers attend for free. For additional information, contact the USF School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064 or email

Students and parents can nominate a favorite teacher 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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