Abbie Harter - Instructor

 Abbie joined the Fort Wayne Center for Learning in March 2016.  She graduated with a BA in psychology from indiana University in 2014.  She worked as a teaching assistant at IU and recently gained her certification in yoga instruction.  

Abbie believes that education has the power to transform communities, and therefore is excited to develop her teaching skills and become an integral part of the learning process for the students at FWCL.  

Abbie enjoys spending her free time outdoors; partaking in activities such as walking, cycling, swimming and practicing yoga. She loves animals and has two dogs and a cat of her own who keep her very busy.  

Jennifer Parry - Instructor

Jennifer joined the staff in May 2015. Her calling is to assist children in unlocking their potential. She has worked in Special Education for seven years, facilitated ropes courses, participated in respite care programs, and led nature activities for YMCA camps.

Jennifer is married to Jim, and has two teenage daughters. She holds a Bachelors in Science from the University of New Hampshire, and is certified to teach science and special education. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hiking and bird watching.

Mark A. Thomas - Lead Instructor

Mark originally joined the Fort Wayne Center for Learning staff in April of 2011.  After a 10 month break, he re-joined the staff in October 2014.  


Mark graduated from IPFW with a Bachelor’s in English with a Writing concentration. While completing this coursework, he worked at the IPFW Writing Center as a writing consultant for four years, where he spent his time in one-on-one instruction sessions with an amazingly wide variety of writers. During this time, Mark engaged in professional development research projects on some topics of interest to him such as Socratic Method and Cognitive Load Theory. His CLT project went on to be delivered as a presentation at the East Central Writing Center Association conference in 2011, where he also presented on creative writing.


Mark enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, bird-watching, and, well, generally being outside! He also spends time collecting coins, restoring antique furniture, writing creative fiction and poetry, and gardening.

Amy VanHuisen– Instructor


Amy joined the Fort Wayne Center for Learning staff in May 2016.  As a child, she wore out the farmhouse kitchen chalkboard playing school with her siblings. As an adult, Amy's professional passion is connecting people with information and truth that will change lives and help them grow. 


Holding a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Alma (MI) College, Amy has worked as a private tutor, an elementary classroom teacher, a home educator and a weekday religious education instructor. Most recently, she taught reading strategies and critical/analytical reading skills at Ivy Tech Community College and at the University of St. Francis (USF).  She also worked with academically at-risk college students in Student Academic Support Services at USF.


Amy has been married to Michael, a college librarian, for 34 years.  She is "Mom" to three adult children and "Gramma" to three grandsons and three granddaughters.  One of her favorite places in the world is Lake Michigan.  Participating in two book clubs, creating hand-made greeting cards, volunteering at her church, cooking, baking, being a news junkie and visiting extended family in Michigan keep her busy when she is not teaching. 

Stephen Weaver – Instructor

Stephen has worked in a wide array of jobs throughout his life. His experience has helped him see that every person is unique and that all deserve the chance to see that learning is a lifelong and enjoyable endeavor. He has lived in other countries, worked daily with killer whales and dolphins, seen all walks of life as a photo journalist, and now works as an educator at the collegiate level as well as with FWCL. His currrent goal is to understand the obstacles getting in the way of learning and communicating, whether emotional, physiological, or systemic. He is currently pursuing a degree in counseling at IPFW. He enjoys giving presentations on more effective ways to communicate. His past degrees include a master's and bachelor's in communication, as well as advanced training from the military. His past research includes work on relationships and conflict, among others. 

Steve joined the staff of the Fort Wayne Center for Learning in April 2011. Since then, he has volunteered his time and talent in order to film, edit and produce the videos featuring our students that were shown at our Signature Event - The Brain Game. 

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