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School of Education and Human Services

SoMIRAC2016 MIRAC 2016On 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." 

CSIChallenge2016Ninety 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. 

Spotlight archiveOn March 21 the School of Education and Human Services  welcomed back four alumni for the third annual Making a Impact Panel.  The event is a great opportunity for current students to see how former students have translated their time at the Mount into their professional careers and personal experiences.  This year's panelists icluded Hannan Dell, C'11, Paul Fer, C'01, and Jayson Snyder, C'05.  Panelists addressed varied topics such as employment rates, balance of personal and professional lives, ways in which Mount St. Mary's prepared them to meet on-the-job stressors, and interview advice.  Detective Jayson Snyder highlighted the importance of surrounding oneself with "good people, like those I found at Mount St. Mary's."  Assistant Principal Paul Fer encouraged education students to draw on their unique experiences as Mount students during job interviews.  Cait York, a MAT student in attendance, said "the four panelists provided valuable insight not only into their careers but also how their experiences at Mount St. Mary's have helped them 'Make an Impact' in their communities."

The Mount's Gamma Tau Chapter, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society's twenty-fifth anniversary was celebrated with a re-framing of the original charter and a moving lecture by Dr. Stacey Brown-Hobbs, a signer of the original charter.  Dr. Brown-Hobbs hearkened back to the words of Father Brian Nolan's eulogy to craft her message.  In her lecture titled "Do Not Run Aimlessly," Dr. Brown-Hobbs encouraged our students to have and pursue goals, even when the road becomes unclear or challenging.

DeansCircle2016 Paulette Anders, C'92, MBA, C'08 is the SEHS inductee into the Dean's Circle of Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame. She is a School/College Counselor at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD. In this role Paulette advises high school students and their parents in the college admissions process - something she learned first hand as a member of the Mount’s Admissions Office. 


Paulette graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1992, and joined the Mount’s admissions staff immediately following graduation.  She stayed at her alma mater for eight years, eventually earning her MBA, while serving as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and then Director of the MBA Program.  She left the Mount to join Johns Hopkins University’s Graduate Admission Program and while there earned another graduate degree—Master of Education in School Counseling, and in 2008 she established her own practice, College Vision, assisting numerous students and their families as an independent College Counselor. 


Paulette is active in her community.  She served as PTA president of Myersville Elementary School, PTA Volunteer Coordinator at Middletown Middle School, co-chair of the Frederick County Public Schools Academic Calendar Committee, member of the Community Gifts for Education Committee, co-chair of Holy Family Catholic Community Lent and Advent events, and she presently she serves as a Faith Formation Teacher for Holy Family Catholic Community (something she has been doing for nine years).


Paulette supports Mount St. Mary’s through her contributions to the Annual Fund, the SEHS Fund for Excellence, and her service to the SEHS Alumni Advisory Council, first as a founding member and now as co-chair of the Council. Last year Paulette served on the SEHS Making an Impact Panel, making clear that a Mount degree prepares one for a rich and fulfilling life.  She is an alumna who graciously and creatively gives back to her alma mater.


Paulette found her time at Mount St. Mary's to be formative and she credits her professors in sociology with helping her to see her academic potential.  Paulette graduated Cum Laude.  

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