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15 minutes with Amos Wolber

He learned the machinist trade working at Lima Locomotive Works

By Monty Siekerman
The Ada Icon caught up with Amos Wolber at the Harold and Nancy Barker home where Amos was filling a tank with fuel for his riding mower. In two months, Amos will be 95 years old...and he's still going strong.

Amos continues to repair lawnmowers, even make the mower parts, if needed. He's been a machinist most of his life, having learned the trade at Lima Locomotive, which turned into Lima Baldwin Hamilton, which turned into Clark Equipment, which finally closed the facility in Lima.

Amos was born in Ada, but lived elsewhere. In his youth, he took farm jobs in various states.

Meet Meghan Harmon, second grade teacher

"I hope all of my students leave me this year not afraid to try something new or afraid to make a mistake."

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Meghan Harmon.

Hands on learning, arts and crafts at heart, and the power of “yet” all create one fabulous mix in this second grade teacher with a passion for helping others and making a difference with hard work and practice.  Meghan Harmon teaches lessons we all can use.

Meghan Harmon

What grade are you teaching?
I teach second grade.

Ada Teacher Feature: Was Mrs. Smittle your kindergarten teacher?

"Sometimes I even learn from my students!"

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Kim Smittle.

Forensic scientist? Baker? Culinary artist? How about a teaching career? Kim Smittle has been working 31 years providing classroom experiences that make a lasting impression with her students.

What grade do you teach?
Kindergarten

Tell us about your extracurricular activities.
I am very involved with the music department.

Ada Teacher Feature: Rachel Ludwig, Ada HS grad who never left first grade

Her advice to students: "Always try and know that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying."

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Rachel Ludwig.

Rachel Ludwig shares how she has the best of both worlds in being a mother and a teacher. Read on to discover what “dream job” this Ada High School graduate would pick. Mrs. Ludwig’s classroom may not be Broadway, but Mrs. Ludwig is certainly a star in her students’ eyes.

What grade do you teach?
First grade.

Ada Teacher Feature: Josh Klein in his third year at Ada

"Yes, I said MATH and FUN in the same sentence."

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Josh Klein.

Did you have a teacher who was excited about teaching? What a gift! Read on to learn more about Josh Klein….world traveler, barista, mathematician, churchgoer, equestrian and so much more. There just may be a quiz at the end to see if you know how many countries Josh Klein has visited so far

Ada Teacher Feature: Here's an Ada teacher who is also an Ada HS grad

Christa Preston teaches second graders

By Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.” Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well. Today we meet Christa Preston.

It is easy to see Christa Preston’s passion for teaching children. Read on to learn her best tip for something parents/caregivers can do to help students and also to learn of this Ada High School graduate’s compassion exquisitely revealed in the sharing of her most memorable teaching moment.

What grade to you teach?
I teach second grade.

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