Washington Center teacher receives award - November 07, 2008

Record Number: 4518
Displayed from: Nov 07, 2008 , until: Nov 30, 2008

Washington Center Elementary School second-grade teacher Sandra Nallenweg was named Wal-Mart's Teacher of the Year for the area Friday, Nov. 7. Mrs. Nallenweg was surprised with the honor at an all-school assembly. She has been working at Washington Center since 2005 and was nominated for the Wal-Mart award by a former student. She will receive a $100 gift certificate to purchase materials for her class, and Washington Center will receive a $1,000 grant to spend as Mrs. Nallenweg desires. Mrs. Nallenweg is now eligible to apply to become Wal-Mart's state teacher of the year, which comes with a $10,000 grant for the school. In September, Miami Middle School English teacher Doug Koerner received a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year award. He is also eligible for the statewide award.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.