School: Woodlan Intermediate School
Grade/Subject teaching: Fifth grade
Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University and a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University
Years teaching: 11
City born: Antwerp, Ohio
City raised: New Haven
Current hometown: Fort Wayne
Family: My wife Steph and I have four children: Austin, Braden, Alexis and Addie
Last book read and what you thought of it: Skeleton Creek series with students. The series was a fun, scary mystery. The students really enjoyed the additional plot that was provided online from passwords and links in the book.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Pokrzywinski (second grade)
Favorite teaching memory: The most rewarding part about teaching is watching the light bulbs come on in kids’ eyes when they get it.
Nominated by: Luke Spangler, student
Nomination: Mr. Snyder is my teacher, and I like him because he cares. He’s the first male teacher I’ve ever had and is a good role model. Every day is a good day in his class.
East Allen County Schools is having a school choice fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at New Haven High School. Information will be available for all the district’s schools. Free food, books and entertainment will be provided, and translators will be available. For more information call 446-0100.
Woodlan Junior-Senior High School will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia on July 2. The school will be honored for establishing an outstanding school counseling program.
Area students scored well in the recent American Mathematics Competition 8 for middle school students.
St. Jude Catholic School eighth grader Kevin LaMaster scored in the top 1 percent of the nation for students taking the AMC8. George Sun and Kolin Davis, both eighth graders at Woodside Middle School, scored in the top 5 percent.
Chris Howard, a Woodside seventh-grader, achieved the top seventh-grade award and sixth-grader Krystka Bugajski of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School earned the top score for grades five and six.
Concordia Lutheran School, 4245 Lake Ave., will have a kindergarten roundup at 6:30 p.m. today. Information and registration for full-day classes for the 2013-14 school year will be available. For more information call Amy Kaschinske, enrollment director, at 426-9922 ext. 208
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast is hosting Energy Career Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. The event will take place in the Student Life Center Gymnasium at the college’s North Campus on St. Joe Road and is open to students and community members who are looking for employment in the field of energy technology. Information will be available about the new energy technology program. Representatives from Indiana Energy Consortium, NIPSCO and I&M will also be in attendance. The day will include a variety of demonstrations, informational booths, hands-on activities and presentations.
The School of Creative Arts is sponsoring a trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Feb. 20. The group will depart from the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road at 8:30 a.m. and return to Rolland at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for students and $40 for the public. To reserve a spot, contact Molly McGowan at 399-7700, ext. 8001.