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Nikole Mannherz, C'16, was awarded the Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer Endowed M.Ed. Thesis Award.  This award is presented to the M.Ed. candidate who has written and defended an exemplary M.Ed. thesis and who demonstrates commitment to the Mount's pillars of Discovery and Leadership.  Mannherz, a Special Education Resource Teacher at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School in Carroll County, studied the effects of constructive intervention strategies on reading comprehension and motivation of three language-delayed second graders.  All interentions resulted in positive growth.  Pctured with Nikole is Liz Monahan, Director, M.Ed. Programs. 

AlumnaProfileAmerena2016.jpg  The SEHS extends congratulations to alumna Susan C. Amerena, C'00, on her
   recent appointment as Assistant Principal of Tuscarora Elementary School,
   one of MSMU's Professional Development Schools in Frederick County,
   MD.  This is Amerena's second assistant principal position with Frederick
   County Public Schools.  She began her career as a grade 5 teacher at Whittier
   Elementary.  She transferred to Twin Ridge Elementary and taught grades 3
   and 5 there.  In 2012 she was promoted to School Support Specialist at
   Urbana Elementary, and in 2014 began her first term as Assistant Principal at
   Middletown Elementary.  Amerena holds two master's degrees (one in
   Educational Leadership) and is exploring doctoral programs.  Amerena graduated from
   MSMU's adult undergraduate program in 2000.  In her spare time Amerena has coached youth
   sports, and she enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons. 

SustainerPledgeLuncheon2016Thanksgiving in June?  Yes, indeed.  On June 29 Dean Palmer invited donors who make monthly conributions to the SEHS Fund for Excellence to join her for the 5th Annual Sustainer Pledge Luncheon at the Wine Kitchen, Frederick, MD.  Donors learned how their gifts supported SEHS students and faculty directly.  Dean Palmer thanked alumni for their generous support of the SEHS.
Those in attendance were Daniel and Jillian Fowler, Jessica (Halliday) Barthman, Michael and Stacey Hobbs, Linda Sites, Mary Newton, Michele (Egan) McGuire, Pepper Bowins, Barbara and Nelson Palmer, Nora (Schmidt) Dietz, and Kim Johnson. 


Pi Lambda Theta, an international education honor society, extends membership to students and professionals who have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership skills within the field of education.  As an honor society and professional association, Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) also provides financial and career services to its members in an effort to support their studies and work in education.  This year MAT student Theresa Steele was awarded the Student Support Scholarship which grants $2000 toward books and tuition.  As a recipient of this award, Ms. Steele had to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and provide an essay describing her personal teaching philosophies.  Ms. Steele currently works as an Instructional Assistant at Middletown Elementary School as she pursues her graduate degree in Art Education.  She states, "I am thrilled to receive such a wonderful scholarship.  I have had a wonderful experience gaining knowledge and confidence from an array of outstanding MSM educators.  This scholarship is a tremendous help in reaching my goal.  I am extremely thankful for the award and look forward to the opportunities it provides."


Recently, the Criminal Justice and Sociology honor societies inducted its newest members.  Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor society, recognized six students and one faculty member who demonstrated excellence in the scholarship of sociology and the research of social problems:  Jonathan Beitzell, C'16, Aparna Bhanu, C'16, Erin Bolte, C16, Hannah Dunham, C'16, James Radar, C'16, Rebecca Schisler, C'16, and Dr. Denise Obinna

The Theta Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, also admitted 17 new members.  APS inductees included Jonathan Beitzell, C'16, Connor Burne, C'17, Suzanne Carroll, C'17, Adam Chandlee, C'16, Joseph Chandlee, C'16, Lauren Gunnison, C'16, Natalia Hinton, C'17, Kristen Jensen, C'16, James Radar, C'16, Cynthia Rivas, C'17, Kristi Riecher, C'16, Rebecca Schisler, C'17, David Stem, C'17, and Christopher Stonesifer, C'17.  Congratulations to all for their hard work!

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