My Summer Vacation

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Throughout this week, WBOI has been featuring stories from area teachers that look at how they spent their time away from the classrooms in a series called My Summer Vacation.

Linda Lolkus is an associate professor of foods and nutrition at the Health and Human Services Department at IPFW. While many educators use the summer to take a break from teaching, Linda spent part of her summer instructing a study abroad course in Italy.

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Many schools are back in session, and some students may be asked how they spent their summer vacations.

This week on WBOI, we’re flipping things around and asking area teachers how they spent their time away from the classrooms in our Summer Vacation Series.

Larry Linson is a third grade teacher at Cedarville Elementary school. Larry had the opportunity this summer to explore the national parks out west after receiving funding from a Lilly Foundation Teacher Creativity Grant.

Jim Dettmer

This week on WBOI, we’re asking area teachers how they spent their summer vacations. It’s part of our Summer Vacation series.

Jim Dettmer works at Fort Wayne Community Schools, but that’s not his only job. He also trains, shows, and breeds horses with his family year-round. They show horses at a high level, and last year one of their foals placed in the top ten at the largest horse show in the world.

My Summer Vacation

Sep 15, 2014

Waynedale Elementary teacher Julie McCoy traveled to France over the summer to attend a a French attending.  Julie first visited France several years ago, when she took a gap year after high school to be a nanny in the country.  WBOI's Katy Anderson sat down with Julie to talk about her trip, French weddings, and why she's glad she took that gap year.    

Sara Pulse is a music teacher at Indian Village Elementary and traveled abroad in Europe over the summer. She traveled to Europe this summer and talked about why this trip was so meaningful.

Lisa Dunn and Janice Hunter are teachers at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Middle School who both have a passion for teaching students about STEM concepts and careers. STEM is shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and math."

It's a passion that led them to Purdue University in West Lafayette over the summer, where they were selected to participate in a program called TechFit.  

Most teachers use their summer vacation to take some time away from students.  However, this wasn't the case for Towles New Tech Middle School teacher Carissa Richardson.  She spent her summer traveling all over Europe with 40 students.   

Richardson spent time in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom in the People to People Ambassador Program.  The program was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the notion that peace comes through traveling abroad and understanding other cultures.

Tony Lemmon teaches science and math at Shawnee Middle School and driver's education on the side.  He put last winter's snow days to good use by writing a book about his driver's ed experiences and spent the summer getting the word out about his book.  

Nine months out of the year, Bob Ahlersmeyer is an English teacher at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.  But he’s a showman at heart, and once class is dismissed, you can often find him in community theater productions and even local commercials.

This summer though, he decided to try his hand at stardom. For six weeks, anyway.

Ahlersmeyer received a Lilly Grant to travel to Hollywood to blog about his experiences auditioning for movies and commercials. He plans on using his blog to educate students on online journalism and blog-writing.  

Laura McCoy is a music teacher at St. Joseph Central Elementary School in Fort Wayne. During the summer months, she decided to take a trip to Peru. But she had more on her mind than just sightseeing.

McCoy lost her parents at a young age, and now devotes a lot of her time to working with children at Erin's House for Grieving Children, which helps young people learn to cope with loss.