Each year The Teachers of Promise Institute endeavors to bring together high caliber students from Maryland college and university schools of Education with veteran teachers. In an effort to ease the transition from student to first year teacher, the program matches promising pre-service seniors with experienced teachers who offer support and guidance to the new professionals. This year's Mount students selected to participate in the 2016 Maryland Teachers of Promise program are pictured left to right: Shelby Sites, Teressa Schuetz, Mary Wheltle, Jonathan Heisler, Alex Kestler, Karly Sites, and Kathleen Donegan.
Making connections across work, school, ad community is the goal for Mount student and FCPS staff member Ana L. Mejia. As the Community Liaison for Waverley Elementary School, Ms. Mejia works hard to bridge the gap between schools and communities. She helps families navigate the Frederick County Public School system and connect parents with resources that they or their children might need. Ms. Mejia's duties include securing counseling services, transportation, or free lunch enrollment for students and their families. However, her day doesn't end at Waverley Elementary School. Ms. Mejia is also currently enrolled in the Adult Undergraduate Human Services Program at the Frederick Campus.
For Ms. Mejia, SEHS's Human Services Program directly coincides with her goals to make these broad connections between work, school, and community. The program allows students to combine a passion for helping others with the Mount's state-of-the-art curriculum. As Ms. Mejia explains, "The career is not about the money. It is about my passion. I faced the same challenges as some of these families and this is my way to give back."
Martin Malone, University Professor of Sociology, delivered the Spring 2016 Ducharme Veritas Lecture. In his address, "The Liberated Imagination: Toward an Adequate Understanding of Complexity," Dr. Malone illustrated how varied lenses improve our understanding of an issue such as global warming. Malone completes a 31-year career at MSMU this year. He has taught many courses within the major as well as the general education curriculum, and through his teaching and study abroad experiences, he has helped to apply students to apply varied lenses.
On Friday, April 8, Education faculty and students presented at the annual conference of the State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Dr. Carolyn Cook and students Megan Baker, C'16, and Haley Fournier, C'16, presented Writing Magic Across the Disciplines. M.Ed. student Lucinda Lanson and Dean Barbara Martin Palmer presented Using Apps to Enhance Traditional Reading Instruction. M.Ed. alumae Suzanne Connole spoke on Encouraging Parental Involvement Through Interactive Early Literacy Activities. All of these presentations provided valuable insight into some of the tools and methods that instructors use to enhance their students' reading experiences. Students Emily Smith, C'19, Nichole Zanfabro, C'19, and Yokechia Kenyatta (MAT) also attended the event to support their classmates and professors. Emily remarked how "The SoMIRAC conference gave me the opportunity to interact with teachers working in the field. It was an inspiring experience."
Ninety undergraduate students from the University of Maryland, Towson University, Guelph Humber University and the Mount competed in the annual Robert 'Bob' Fram CSI Challenge, sponsored by the Criminal Justice Student Association. Three person teams of students were tasked with investigating a schoolroom homicide scene in which an elementary school teacher was murdered by a school janitor. Student teams collected and processed evidence, including fingerprints, DNA swabbings, and hair samples, from the scene to solve the staged crime and successfully prosecute the perpetrator. This year third place honors went to Guelph Humber's Team 'Real Canadian Maple Producers' (RCMP), second place was won by the University of Maryland Team #2, and the winner of the Dine Tropy and first place was Guelph Humber's Team DEA. Congratulations to each of the winning teams and compliments to the CJSA members and students who helped make the event possible.