Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Teacher of the Year Alanna Oatts has been selected as a finalist for the state’s Teacher of the Year honor.

Oatts is a fifth-grade teacher at Waynedale Elementary School and is one of 10 finalists for the state award. This is the second year in a row FWCS has had a finalist. Last year, Northwood Middle School teacher Todd Roberts was the runner up for the top award.

FWCS has been Oatts’ homes since she was a child. She attended school in Fort Wayne and graduated from South Side High School. Her community remains an important part of her life and she strives to be an active leader. She is in her ninth year of teaching and focuses on what her students need.

She is the kind of teacher who is often remembered by students as the person who wanted them to achieve past their potential. She uses her lunchtime to tutor and read to students needing a little extra attention, and after school, she stays to mentor students and attend extracurricular activities even for students who are no longer in her class.

Her focus is closing the achievement gap between minority and majority students. She used a variety of teaching methods, including PowerPoint, hands-on activities and music, to reach each of her students.

Oatts interviews for the state honor September 4 and will find out if she is the state’s winner in mid-to-late-September.

With nearly 32,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is Indiana’s second-largest school district. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 53 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level as well as the prestigious International Baccalaureate program for high school students.

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