Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

April 29, 2013

Jane Allen honored for her devotion to students

GOSHEN — There aren’t many comedy routines around today that would garner more laughs than the Book of Golden Deeds Awards Banquet Thursday night.

The Crystal Valley Exchange Club of Middlebury honored Middlebury Community Schools Superintendent Jane Allen with the award.

Each of the speakers recounted stories that spanned Allen’s 31 years in the community, starting as a math teacher at Heritage Middle School in 1982.

Underlying every humorous moment however, was the same message — Allen loves children, has dedicated her life to making others’ lives better, and has touched many lives in positive ways.

Northridge High School senior Anna Pladson recalled a time when Allen served as principal at York Elementary.

“I often got in trouble out on recess for putting snow on the slide,” Pladson said. “I’d have to go sit on the bench. When Mrs. Allen came out — she put snow on the slide — and who’s going to tell the principal to sit the bench?”

Pladson said Allen always remembered each student.

“She remembered us and everything about us,” Pladson said. “We all thought she rocked. She was the coolest. I remember one guy said you were the bomb-diggity. So basically, Mrs. Allen, you’re the bomb-diggity!

Good friend and now retired fellow teacher Jeannine George said no one deserved the award more than Allen.

“She’s touched all of our lives,” George said. “She knows so much about motivational skills and can get the most out of the kids.”

George lauded Allen as a participant.

“You will find her at all the events, whether it’s the Science Olympiad, a sports game or a fundraiser. And she doesn’t go as a spectator, but as a participant. She really knows what’s going on. She is the best at what she does.”

A former math student of Allen’s, now Middlebury Elementary Principal Jeremy Miller, told the audience that Allen engaged the students and made math class fun.

He also remembered a time when he was home for the summer from college.

“She called and left a message that anytime I wanted to substitute teach, she would find a spot for me,” Miller said. “I never called her back. I was too scared to do that. She had more faith in me than I did at the time.”

Miller said Allen was one of a small group of people he goes to for advice.

“She still answers the phone when I call and she’s never complained!” Miller said. “You can tell she loves the kids and has made an impact as an educator and an administrator.”

School board president Joanna King said she felt privileged to know and learn from Allen.

“As a parent and school board member, I am a life long member of the Jane Allen fan club. I’ve learned so much from her example,” King said. “She invests in the youth of the community and teaches us to do that too. That is why Middlebury Community Schools is so successful.”

After serving as York Principal from 1994 to 2006, Allen became the director of curriculum and instruction in the administrative offices. Beginning in July of 2012 she was chosen as superintendent for the school system.

“When I came to this town long ago,” Allen said. “I realized that people here really knew how to give. It’s a town where we support the idea that the kids can do anything they set their minds to. And there is nothing more important than that in the whole wide world.”

She said her love for children helps her see that no matter what students do, they can learn from it and get better.

“I will believe that, I have to believe that as long as I live,” Allen said. “These golden deeds happen not because we planned them, but because we love children.”

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is an Exchange Club program that honors a worthy person or group which continuously donates time, talent and energy to help make the greater Middlebury community a better place.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • NWS GN140417 westview art image 02 Westview art students win regional awards EMMA -- The Westview Visual Arts department received 16 awards at the Scholastic Arts Competition in March. Eight Gold Keys were awarded to Westview art students along with five Silver Key awards and three Honorable Mention awards. The Scholastic Art

    April 17, 2014 4 Photos

  • GN140417 clinton school Several area schools earn 4-Star recognition GOSHEN — Clinton Christian School in Goshen has been named one of 311 schools among Indiana’s 4 Star schools for 2012-2013.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 soft ghs jim 11 Hot start by Jimtown dooms Goshen, 12-7 GOSHEN -- The Jimtown Jimmies had one of those starts that about all Goshen High School baseball coach Josh Keister could do was shrug his shoulders. Jimtown scored six runs in the top of the first inning with only two of their six hits leaving the i

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 percussion champs 01 GHS's percussion group's run world class GOSHEN – Goshen High School director of bands Tom Cox said that for their bands it’s about the experience more than the victories.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140417 Goshen opera singer Goshen native, opera singer wins $10,000 grant

    Anthony Kalil, a tenor born and raised in Goshen, has won a $10,000 Richard Tucker Career Grant, officials with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced this week.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.jpg Murder mysteries for Easter? Some Easter traditions go beyond chocolate bunnies

    Visions of chocolate candies, Easter bunnies and the risen Christ come to mind this Easter season -- at least in the United States.

    But what about the rest of the world? Here are a few traditions and surprises.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140416 Pig farm 043 Deadly pork virus continues to confound GREENSBURG -- Gordon and Jeff Smiley ramped up biosecurity in and around their hog barns when a swine virus broke out on a neighboring farm last year. They hoped to keep the killer at bay. Their buildings were sprayed with an antiseptic. Workers donn

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN0416 Chicken ordinance Council passes urban chicken bill

    GOSHEN — Let there be chickens... in Goshen.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • UPDATE: Gas leak stopped GOSHEN — Goshen Fire Chief Dan Sink reported around 3:30 today that the gas leak at Main and Lafayette streets has been stopped.

    April 15, 2014

  • GN0403 Middlebury schools stock art More details provided regarding Northridge teacher's dismissal

    Middlebury Community Schools Superintendent Jane Allen has provided more detail regarding the contract termination of a Northridge High School German teacher earlier this month.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

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

Goshen City Council member Dixie Robinson is asking residents to make an effort to clean up their yards this spring. The city’s Dial-A-Truck program is available to haul trash away. Do you think there are more unsightly properties in Goshen this year than five years ago?

Yes, I have noticed more problem properties
No, I have not noticed more problems
I think the problems are about the same as always
     View Results
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge