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St. Peter's Lutheran Fort Wayne teacher earns top state honor

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Holly Ehle, a kindergarten teacher at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, was named the Arthur L. Amt Lutheran School Teacher of the Year during the Lutheran Education Association Convocation this month in Milwaukee.

This honor goes to a teacher in the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod who best demonstrates the characteristics of exemplary teaching. Recipients of this award represent the best in all teachers and serve as role models among Christian teachers by growing in the Word and witnessing of their faith life to those around them, according to a news release.

“I'm truly thankful for the opportunity God has blessed me with to be a part of such an incredibly talented, educated, and loving staff," Ehle said in the release. "I can’t imagine how any profession could be better than having a small part in carrying out the beautiful promise that God has given us in Proverbs 22:6: 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.'"

Since 1995, only five teachers in Fort Wayne-area Lutheran schools have received this honor.

Ehle began teaching at St. Peter’s preschool in 2004 and completed a colloquy from Concordia University Chicago in 2009. She received the call to become the kindergarten teacher in 2011.

In 2010, Ehle began developing a new literacy program for St. Peter’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Literacy Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP) is a program offered in the afternoon every school day at St. Peter’s and operates as an extension to the morning kindergarten session. LEAP provides additional instruction and learning opportunities that are designed to enrich and expand upon the literacy skills that children learn in their core kindergarten program.

St. Peter’s LEAP was uniquely designed to allow each child to reach his or her highest potential. Seeking to supplement the traditional kindergarten curriculum with an individualized learning program full of hands-on activities, LEAP was designed to develop each child’s character, concentration, socialization, and work habits in addition to strengthening each student’s essential early literacy skills.

This enrichment is designed for all kindergarten-age children — from those requiring extra instruction and practice on basic literacy skills, to those who come to school with advanced skills and wish to be challenged.

The Lutheran Schools comprise preschools, 17 elementary schools, and Concordia Lutheran High School in northeast Indiana.