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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. 
PLT New Members
The Maryland State Department of Education brings together soon-to-be teachers and award-winning educators to provide a helpful transition for new teachers. Those selected to attend from Mount St. Mary's University this year are as follows (pictured in photo with Professor Monahan from left to right ): Derrick Kaas, Afton Krysiak, Sarah McBride, Katherine Kreke, Peyton Courtney, Angela Tressler, and Anthony Lithicum. 

teacher of promise 2018

somirac 2018


Last weekend some of our Education students joined Dr. Cook and Professor Ketchum at the State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) Conference in Hunt Valley, MD. 


Dr. Cook co-presented with Dr. McQuitty from Towson University on literacy practices regarding e-journals, sharing topics, strategies, and tips for getting published.


Our students attended additional sessions, and learned a great deal about literacy and the importance of advocacy. "This conference taught me that being an advocate is truly key to the students and for yourself," said Marissa Guzman.


Clarke Hooper spoke specifically of a strategy mentioned during one of the sessions: the read aloud. "I will take what I learned into my educational profession by emphasizing reading, modeling fun ways to do so, and by embracing the read aloud!  Read alouds allow for vocabulary, emphasize listening and are enjoyable!"


This conference also helped our students prepare for their future classrooms. Traci Schmiedel said "this conference provided me with a wealth of knowledge and materials to use for the future and I'm so excited to see how I will be able to incorporate them into my classroom."


greg mullenholz award

Mount St. Mary’s Division of Education is excited to announce this year’s inductee into the Academic Circle of Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame: Gregory C. Mullenholz II, C’03. This prestigious award is intended to recognize distinguished alumni of Mount St. Mary’s, specifically those who have made a significant difference in their community or profession


As Dr. Barbara Marinak explains “[Greg] is living the Mount mission as an ethical educator who embodies a passion for learning while leading a life of service to the Mount and his profession.”


Greg graduated from the Mount in 2003 with a major in elementary education. Dr. Palmer, who knew Greg well as an undergraduate, shares that Greg excelled in the university classroom and the elementary classroom.


After graduating, Greg emerged as a local and national educational leader. He served as a fifth-grade teacher and then the Staff Development teacher at Twinbrook Elementary in Rockville, MD. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from John Hopkins University. During the 2011-2012 school year, Greg took a one-year sabbatical from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to join the U.S. Department of Education as a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow. One of only five teachers from across the country selected for the Fellowship, Greg worked in the Office of the Secretary.


Dr. Barbara Marinak, Dean of the Division of Education, reached out to the community, staff, and faculty that Mr. Mullenholz serves, and many spoke of his leadership, his enthusiasm, and his collaborative attitude.


One teacher wrote “Greg is a leader who has the vision to take instructional best practices to the next level while ensuring that his staff and students are equipped with the resources and support they need to get the work done.


But as always, the most heartfelt words celebrating Greg’s leadership come from a child. Recently, Greg joined a student for a photo-op after the first grader dressed as Mr. Mullenholz for Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” (right down to the suit and pastel-colored tie!). The often shy child proudly declared, “I’m going to be the best principal. Just like Mr. Mullenholz!”


It is with great pride that the Division of Education announces our inductee into the Academic Circle of Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame. Congratulations Greg Mullenholz II, C’03.


greg mullenholz and student

May 2018  
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