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Every summer SEHS students complete internships as part of their Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Services studies.  Students intern at organizations ranging from law enforcement departments to youth services associations.  This year Criminal Justice and Sociology major Cassandra Conti, C'17, worked at the Mercer County (NJ) Prosecutor's Office.  As an intern, Cassandra's duties included conducting research for the county's assistant prosecutor and attending daily court hearings about juvenile delinquency and domestic abuse cases.  Cassandra described the internship as an invaluable experience that helped shape her future in the Criminal Justice field.  "The internship was very hands-on and it helped me realize that I want to pursue work in victim's witness advocacy.  However, I am also thinking about crime analysis because I'm really enjoying my Crime Analysis course."

Waldron2016  SEHS student Sarah C. Bomberger, C'18, has been awarded the Eugene & Julia 
  Waldron Education    Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.  The Eugene &
  Julia Waldron Education Scholarship is awarded to a rising junior majoring in
  education and is awarded based on GPA, academic efforts, extracurricular
  activities and community service.  Sarah is currently pursuing a bachelor of
  science degree in elementary education.  Sarah serves as the coeditor of the
  Mountain Echo and the treasurer of Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society. 

Along with her leadership positions, Sarah is involved with the Education Club, the club tennis team, Bible study, and works as an undergraduate assistant in the Foreign Languages and Philosophy Departments.  Congratulations Sarah!

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In July Beth Ann Miller, C'97, M.Ed.'07, shared "21st Century Literacy Skills Instruction for English Language Learners" at a summer learning China! Miller traveled with two other educators to the Wujiang school district, a populous area outside of Shanghai. The team discussed concepts like cooperative learning and differentiated instruction, which contrasted with the traditional Chinese lecture-based classes. Miller, a former reading specialist and current middle school assistant principal, hopes "to continue this educational collaboration in the future and have some of the teachers from China visit the Frederick area."                                                                                                                                           

KohlerKris2016  Dr. Kristopher Kohler joins the Mount as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  He
  earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, with a
  focus on transnational social movements, global health and development.  He
  completed his B.A. in Political Science and Black Studies at the University of
  California, Santa Barbara, and served in the U.S. Pece Corps in Zambia ('99-01). 
  He has lived, worked, researched and travelled to 23 different countries.  His
 research and teaching interests are: sociological theory, global social justice, the
political economy of health & development and law & society.  Dr. Kohler is teaching Foundations
of Sociology and Sociology of Families.  

The Education Department will launch the M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership this fall--a program for practicing teachers who wish to pursue leadership roles in their school system.  The 36-credit hour program emphasizes current trends in school organization and management, integration of technology, and research-based principles of leadership.  Dean Palmer notes, "A distinguishing feature of the program is the self-designed study to address a school need.  The research sequence is intended to follow the two-semester practicum in the student's home school."  Designed with input from area educators, the majority of courses will be offered in an eight-week hybrid format, making this a convenient program of study.  Contact Carolyn Cook (, Director of M.Ed. Programs with questions.
Read more about the program...

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