"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.
Steven 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.
Katherine 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.
Deveda 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”.
Kate 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.
Erin 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.
Beth 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.