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Samar Alchawki, a graduate student with the Division of Education, spent part of her summer teaching at the We Are the World Summer Language Camp with Frederick County Public Schools, which introduced elementary-aged children to six different languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, German, and Latin. Samar taught the Arabic portion of the camp to the second grade students, focusing on Egyptian culture. Through this experience, Samar was able to integrate authentic cultural information into language instruction. According to Samar, “At the Mount, I learned how to vary my instructional material to engage the students in the learning process. That is why I used the Arabic alphabet puzzles, coloring books, flashcards, and magnetic numbers.” By differentiating instructional materials, Samar was able to teach her students about famous Egyptian monuments, food, and their flag. She was impressed by her students and how they showcased their prior knowledge about Egypt, and Samar was thrilled to see how interested the students were in acquiring new languages.
Thank you Samar for sharing your experience with us. Please feel free to read more about this summer camp by clicking this link:
omalley carter centerCameron O’Malley, a double major in Secondary Education and History, spent the beginning of her summer interning at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. Her typical day involved outreach to colleges and universities to advertise the Center and the internships and graduate assistantships available, as well as organizing intern activities for team building. She organized a community service project where the interns volunteered at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and presented this project to President and Mrs. Carter.
When asked how the Mount prepared her for this experience, Cameron explained “I truly feel that the liberal arts education provided by the Mount has prepared me immensely for this position.” Cameron spoke about her political science, government, and history background, as well as the writing preparation she received in order to fulfill her responsibilities at the Center.
While at the Center, Cameron talked with staff members who previously worked with the United Nations, some who worked with different universities from around the world, and some that worked within the White House. This experience helped broaden Cameron’s ambitions with her Education degree, and she is now seeking global opportunities. Cameron mentioned, “I am in the process of looking into different teaching positions in South Africa and parts of Thailand to broaden my horizons and truly help the world.”
“The biggest lesson I have learned while working here is that no matter where you end up, there will always be people in need of help and I want to be the person to help them to the best of my ability,” explained Cameron. It is clear that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we look forward to seeing Cameron make a difference in the future.
The Division of Education would like to recognize Jill Barnes, who is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study in Reading program at the Mount, for receiving the NEA (National Education Association) Leadership Grant. This grant will assist her in running a Summer Reading Clinic for intense needs students, where she will coach teachers in the area of reading and writing instruction.
Jill has been in education for 18 years and she has spent 6 years of that as a literacy specialist. She is currently a literacy specialist with Valley Elementary School in Jefferson, Maryland. Through her program at the Mount, Jill will be conducting research relating to guided writing. As Jill explained, “I chose the topic because writing instruction is a passion of mine, and writing and reading must relate for our students. This grant will help with my research because some of the coaching I will do with teachers involved in the clinic for professional learning will relate to guided writing and its power for their students.”
Congratulations Jill and we look forward to seeing the results and successes of your research.

mate award

The Maryland Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) honors one distinguished teacher candidate from each Maryland institution of higher education annually.  Kelsie Bittle, C'18, is this year's recipient.  Kelsie is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with a Secondary English concentration. Dr. Barbara Marinak, Dean of the Division of Education, said that "Kelsie is truly deserving of the MATE Teacher Candidate for 2018 from the Mount. In her time in graduate school, Kelsie has excelled in all areas of her program. She brings to the classroom a deep understanding of the liberal arts, a belief that all students can learn, and a commitment to nurturing critical thinking. Kelsie is respected by her professors and looked to as a leader by her colleagues. Kelsie will serve the professional with passion and distinction. We are proud of all her accomplishments!" Congratulations Kelsie!
This past Tuesday the Gamma Tau Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) inducted their 20 new candidates. Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor society and professional organization in education that promotes scholarship.  Members of PLT are persons who are recognized for their superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership.  The following students have been inducted into PLT: Jaclyn Ahalt, Emily Allwein, Keenan Aungst, Natalie Brunner, Kevin Carlston, Melissa Cole, William Endres, Sarah Harrington, Meghan Holtz, Hugh Kinsey, Katherine Kreke, Bonnie Lechner, Kyler Leiter, Ssu-Ting Liao, Jesslyn Manni, Julianna Mastromatteo, Sarah McBride, Victoria Morris, Erica Petterson, and Coutney Varley. 
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