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"I found it so inspirational to see how former Mount students have used everything they learned in the classes I'm taking now and applied it to their schools and students' lives." That's how Becky Adamczyk, C'15, described the first Making An Impact panel. Six alumni shared stories of their careers in education. Find out what students thought was the most important advice for their future careers.  

Pictured below are panel members with Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer, Dean, School of Education and Human Services.

WernickStevenSteven Wernick, C’95

Elementary Principal, Carroll County Public School System


  • 1991-1995: B.A. Sociology and Classical Studies, Mount Saint Mary's College
  • 1995-1998: M.Ed. Elementary Education, Mount Saint Mary's College
  • 2000-2001: Administration Certificate, Trinity College  
  • 2001-Current: Administration Certificate (Admin. I and II), MSDE

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: The Grotto, Pangborn Chapel, and bench by Barrett Hall.

Steven’s wife Melissa also graduated from the Mount with an M.Ed. and is currently a Title I Intervention Teacher for Carroll County Public Schools. They have three children, Andrew, Emily, and Benjamin.

JaffeK2014Katherine Jaffe, C’04

Social Studies Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools


  • Social Studies, Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Professional Certificate in Professional Teaching Standards, George Washington University
  • National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Right next to the Immaculate Conception Chapel, there is a pond that is dedicated to a priest that was slayed in Latin America.  The pond has plenty of fish, and my husband and I would often go on nice days and sit on the benches. 

Katherine’s husband also attended the Mount. They were married in 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Chapel. She is currently teaching AP Psychology and Law and is the coach of the Mock Trial Team.

Coley2014Deveda Coley, C’93

Principal, North Frederick Elementary School


  • 1989-1993 – Mount St. Mary’s University
  • 1994-2000 – Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Hood College
  • 2000 – Administrator I/Administrator II Certificate

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: I used to like to go to the grotto to get away but when I was there, we had the RATT--- which was a mini club.  It was fun and was a great way to socialize.

Deveda explains that although she does not have children of her own, she has “582 children every day that I love and send back home for the evening”.

DiNatale2014Kate Benninger DiNatale, C’95

Reading Specialist, Elementary level, Harford County Public Schools


  • 1995 - Bachelor of Science in Education – Social Studies, Mount St. Mary’s College
  • 1999 – Master of Science in Education – Reading, Monmouth University
  • 2013 – Master of Science in Education – Early Childhood Education, Towson University

Favorite Place to Reflect at the Mount: I loved spending time at the chapel and reflecting on my day or week.  I also enjoyed going on a long walk or run around campus.

Kate married her husband Nick in August 2012. They welcomed their first child, Daniel, on November 7, 2013.

RossettiErin2014Erin Rossetti, C’03

Fifth grade teacher, West Towson Elementary School


  • 2003 – Bachelor in Elementary Education, Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Master in Education in Elementary Education, Towson University

Favorite Place to Reflect at the Mount: My favorite places to reflect while attending the Mount were the library, long walks over to the ARCC, and in the Upper Sub.

Erin’s husband Phil is also a graduate of the Mount. They have a four year old son and another child on the way. This is Erin’s eleventh year working for Baltimore County Public Schools.

KelleyBeth2014Beth Kelley, C’00

Founder and Chief Administrator of Riverbank Charter School of Excellence


  • 2000 – Bachelor in Elementary Education, Mount St. Mary’s College
  • Special Education Teacher of the Handicapped Certificate, Masters of Art in Education (Supervision and Curriculum), Principal Certificate, Certificate in School Administration; The College of New Jersey

Favorite Place to Reflect at the Mount: While I was attending the Mount, my favorite place to reflect would have been the chapel that was in Pangborn dorm.  That was always a place that was quiet, small and peaceful. 

CookSoMIRACCitation2014Dr. Carolyn Cook, Reading Program Director, received the Citation of Merit Award in recognition of outstanding and distinguished service to the State of Maryland International Reading Association Council (SoMIRAC).  Pictured is Gayle Glick, conference chairperson, presenting Dr. Cook with the award. 


My name is Leigh Tippett and I am a junior pursuing a BA in Criminal Justice. I recently presented my research on the Darknet and the Silk Road at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Baltimore. Attending this conference was a wonderful learning opportunity that allowed me to impart knowledge concerning my research topic, while also gaining new avenues of research, contact, and partnership. The Eastern Sociological Society Conference was a very open and welcoming community of academics and scholars.

            I found this experience to be very gratifying. It taught me to go into an event like this with a very open mind and with the knowledge that you don’t know everything that there is to know concerning your topic of research. It was nice to be able to share information concerning the dark, underworld of Internet crime known as the Darknet and the Silk Road with various scholars. However, the biggest reward was being able to converse with other persons that knew what the Darknet and Silk Road were and felt comfortable holding a conversation about it.

The Darknet is an underground Internet system that enables criminals to commit crimes without being traced (Steve). They do this through the use of software called Tor and Freenet (Müller, Brecht, Fabian, Kunz, & Kunze, 2012). Though Freenet and Tor were invented for freedom of speech and freedom of expression, this software is being used for something completely different. The use of Tor and Freenet allows criminals to buy drugs, hire assassins, and participate in the use of child pornography and human trafficking. All of these things can be done with little to no danger to the Darknet user through the use of the anonymity software.

PALCJSAMountBasketballInner-city youths from the Frederick Police Activities League (PAL) program joined members of the Mount's Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) on Thursday, February 27th to not only cheer on our Mount Men's Basketball team in a game against Sacred Heart, but also to bond with college-age role models over such a well-known college event. "High-fives" were exchanged between these children and our Mount athletes, while the CJSA members scattered themselves throughout the bleachers. The children and members bonded over water, cookies, pretzels, and exciting crowd conversation. Though the men's team was not victorious, the experience each PAL child participated in was surely a success. Only a week later, on Wednesday, March 5th, several Frederick High-School Students returned to The Mount with PAL Program Coordinator, Brandon Chapman to watch yet another Men's game. This time, both the children and Basketball team left happy, with a win for the Mountaineers. Assisting in mentoring PAL kids has been an on-going three year CJSA project to give back to the community and live the Mount's mission.

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Freshmen and sophomores were invited to submit essays describing their educational philosophies regarding goals, teacher and student roles, and instructional methods for the annual Gamma Tau Chapter Essay Contest. Essays were anonymously judged by student peers in our Gamma Tau chapter according to a rubric. Winners received certificates and checks: Jessica Huhn, our first prize winner from the Class of 2017, received thirty dollars and will read her essay at our Gamma Tau Chapter initiation and dinner on March 4th. Maria Hitchcock , our second prize winner from the Class of 2017, and Tommy Quealy, our honorable mention winner from the Class of 2016, each received prizes of twenty dollars. Congratulations to these recipients, and we appreciate all who participated in the contest!
Pictured above in the photos left to right: Jessica Huhn, C'17, Kelsey Watkins, Gamma Tau President, Maria Hitchcock, C'17, Kelsey Watkins, Tommy Quealy, C'16.
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