Pharos-Tribune

Local News

October 28, 2013

Logan teacher garners statewide teaching award

Criminal justice association names Willis its educator of the year.

Judy Willis says she is still in disbelief over being named Indiana Educator of the Year by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association.

Willis, a teacher at Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, has taught English and language arts at the facility for 18 years.

“There are so many teachers in this environment that do great things and are deserving of the award, including many I work with,” Willis said. “They all deserve recognition. I’m glad this brings recognition to the facility.”

The award is meant to acknowledge innovation, excellence and outstanding achievements of those in criminal justice education who provide high quality instruction for incarcerated offenders and criminal justice students, a press release said.

With working at the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility for 18 years, Willis recalls being overwhelmed at the beginning. She also recalls having a mentor, Jenny Guy, who showed her a lot of the ropes. Willis recalls Guy requesting the worst kids. She was also influenced by her niece, Natalie Gerhart, who when diagnosed with cancer was determined to become the best teacher she could be. Although Gerhart passed away, she has been an inspiration to Willis.

“Jenny showed me how to get the most from the kids, how to get their respect and give them respect,” Willis said. “If it hadn’t been for her, I don’t know I would have advanced as much.”

Along with learning from her mentor, she has learned from the students. Willis said she has had every type of student, including some who have skipped school and others who have commented horrible crimes.

“They’ve done some bad things and some will continue to do bad things, but when they come in here and have an accomplishment it’s really cool,” Willis said. “I’ve learned every kid is capable of achieving.”

Willis laughed, talking about how her room is comparable to the front of a refrigerator with all of her student’s accomplishments. The students have enjoyed participating and having their work displayed, she said. Pictures and papers — even an entire wall of poetry — decorate her room.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 19, 2014

  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

  • mushroom Parks let mushroom hunters forage off-trail INDIANAPOLIS - Rain that pounded Brown County State Park in early April dampened the number of hikers and mountain bikers in Indiana's largest state park, but foragers of the property's 15,000 acres of forest welcomed the weather. With the arrival o

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 17, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 G.jpg Sign of support: Class meant to connect hearing-impaired family members Jordanna Dishner-Rush gestured forcefully to a coat rack hanging in the back of the meeting room at the Logansport Library. She was trying to use just hand motions — no speech — to get the other women to guess the secret word she'd been given. Dishne

    April 17, 2014 12 Photos

  • Logansport graduation rate rises again Logansport High School's graduation rate jumped almost 2 percentage points to 92.9 percent in 2013, data released Wednesday show. The Indiana Department of Education released graduation data for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday. The data show that

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 Mustangs.jpg Local dealer celebrates the Mustang Fifty years ago today, the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair. Now, six of them will be on display for the next few weeks at Rick's Auto Sales in Logansport celebrating what the business owner says is a half centur

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition