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Cynthia Turriff

School: Blackhawk Middle School

Grade or subject teaching: Sixth-grade math and language arts

Education: Master’s degree

Years teaching: 20

City born: LaGrange, Ill.

Current hometown: Fort Wayne

Family: Husband, Bill; daughters Courtney, 22, and Allison, 18

Last book read: “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Favorite teacher(s): Mrs. Fog, my third-grade teacher who took interest in my education and made me want to be a teacher, and Coach Walker.

Favorite class in school: Physical education

Favorite teaching memory: I had been working with a young lady who was struggling in math, and we met after school several days per week to work on her facts. After several weeks, she volunteered to solve a problem in class and got the correct answer. She was beaming from ear to ear. When class was over, she came up to me, thanked me for working with her, and gave me a hug. Years later, I received an invitation to her graduation party and learned that she graduated top 10 of her class.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Tennis, watching the Chicago Cubs

What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? I would tell my students to never give up, work hard and do your best. Reach for the stars.

Recommended by: Courtney Turriff, daughter

Reason for recommendation: “She cares so much about her students and is a great example of what it is to be an educator. She has so much passion and drive for this profession and has impacted multiple students’ lives in so many different ways. I may be biased, but she deserves to be rewarded for her hard work. I aspired to care and love like she does.”

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• Learn about the effects of raising children during a digital age at 6:30 p.m. today at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center, 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw. The film “Screenagers” will be shown. A panel hosted by Warsaw Community Schools staff will follow. The free event was made possible by Tri Kappa.

• Registration is open through Feb. 22 for the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, a national online high school math modeling competition organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. It begins March 1. Scholarships will be awarded to winning teams. Go to http://m3challenge.siam.org for more information.

• Area college students and community members are welcome to participate in a European art trip offered through the University of Saint Francis. Set for May 9 through May 19, the trip includes stops in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin. College course credit is available. The fee includes round-trip airfare, transportation between destination cities, hotels, breakfast and select dinners. Contact Tim Parsley, art department chair, at tparsley@sf.edu or 260-399-7700 extension 8003 for more information.

• As part of a Farm to School grant, Indiana Grown is compiling a local school food resource guide and seeking farmers, producers and businesses interested in selling their products. Examples include fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and milk. The completed guide will be distributed to all Indiana public school corporations by the Indiana Department of Education. School food service directors can use it to make more informed local purchasing decisions. Those interested in selling their products must be in Indiana and complete an online survey by 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Participation in the survey is not a guarantee of sales. Go to www.IndianaGrown.org for more information, including a link to the survey.

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Ivy Tech

• A Reason to Taste, the largest annual fundraiser for Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne campus, generated $100,000 for student scholarships and academic programs. The event included Julia Child impersonator Mary Ann Jung and a multicourse menu prepared by students in Hospitality Administration who won an opportunity to study culinary arts in France this spring. Next year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 2. Contact Margaret Sturm, executive director of resource development, at msturm7@ivytech.edu or 260-480-2010 for sponsorship opportunities or to serve on the planning committee. Donations to this year’s total are still being accepted at www.IvyTech.edu/reason.

Degree programs

• Manchester University will offer a master’s degree in accounting beginning fall 2019. The 3 + 1 program will allow students to graduate in four years with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Accounting students can still earn a bachelor’s degree in three to four years.

• Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global and Martin University – a private, nonprofit liberal arts university in Indianapolis – signed a memorandum of understanding offering a 10percent tuition discount and a private cohort in IWU’s Master of Science in management to Martin graduates. The tuition discount is contingent upon an enrollment of at least 15 students in the program. All Martin alumni who have earned a bachelor’s degree from the university are eligible. Go to www.indwes.edu/adult-graduate/programs/ms-management for information.


Gary Greene, associate professor of civil engineering at Trine University, is the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Asphalt Industry Educator Award from the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana Inc. He will be honored Dec. 20 at the organization’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. The award is not meant to be presented annually. Rather, it is reserved and meant to be presented in cases where a university educator makes an extra effort in exposing students to career opportunities available within the Indiana asphalt industry.

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• As part of its 50-year reunion, the New Haven High School Class of 1968 raised $500 through raffles and donated the money to a choir program at their alma mater.


• Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and IN-MaC have partnered to bring the MakerMinded Manufacturing Learning Platform to Indiana. The program connects students to STEM experiences and skills to build Indiana’s future advanced manufacturing workforce. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The expansion to Indiana is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program. Indiana MakerMinded aims to sign up 50 schools and 1,000 users statewide by the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Awards will be presented to the top performing schools for their engagement in May. Go to www.IN.makerminded.com for more information.

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 asloboda@jg.net.

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 asloboda@jg.net at least two weeks before the desired publication date.



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