Fort Wayne Community Schools has named its 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Karen Gillie, a graphic design instructor at the FWCS Career Academy at Anthis, was given the honor on Friday. A 25-year veteran teacher, the district said Gillie was honored for her passion for doing what is best for students and ensuring the skills they learn in class are relevant to a career outside of the classroom.
“My greatest joy comes from empowering students,” Gillie wrote in her Teacher of the Year application. “I believe that providing the opportunity to have their work utilized in the community changes students and their desire to learn. When students experience this success, it drives them.”
Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said Gillie connects her students with potential careers by working with businesses in the community.