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Former Student and current Principal at Daley Elementary School, Nora Diez, creates a scavenger hunt for her faculty to complete that allows them to see how their students live outside of school.  The article from the Bethesda Magazine explains her scavenger hunt and how it helps teachers in the classroom.
The Winners have been announced for the 2017 Educational Philosophy Essay Contest sponsered by the Gamma Tau Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta and our Dean of Education's Fund for Excellence:
Class of 2021: Gabriela Cranga (First Prize), Michael Gunn (Second Prize)
Class of 2020: Julia Myron (First Prize), Courtney Varley (Second Prize)
Congratulations to all!

                         Educational Philosophy Winners

Colleen Coleman asks the Mount Men's Basketball Team to help her teach a math lesson on percentages.  Ms. Coleman told us that the students in her class enjoyed the lesson and talked about the lesson for many days after.  Read the full article from the Tuscarora High School newspaper "The Titan Times.":

Dr. Solar  Dr. Ohanian


 Dr. Solar presented two workshops for the Center for Student Success and Engagement this fall. He presented “Learning Styles” in September and “Mindfulness for Success” in November. Dr. Ohanian also supported CSES with a workshop. She presented “Is There Such a Thing as Time Management?” in November. All three workshops were well received by students!

Diane Bojarcik


Diane Bojarcik ‘14 is a recipient of the Kate Finlayson Memorial Scholarship through the Hydrocephalus Association.  This organization provides scholarships to future young leaders that have gone through the challenges and obstacles of Hydrocephalus to allow them to further their education, to help their community, and to inspire others. 
Diane said, “Eventually I would also love to become a published children’s author.  I have been working on a story for the past couple of years where the protagonist is a little boy living with Hydrocephalus.”  She is well on her way to realizing her dream of becoming a published children’s author, having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Education Degree in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certification and plans to pursue a doctorate in Education. 
Diane has goals to help students better themselves in the classroom.  “I want to open my own Reading and Math clinic where I can offer access to Reading Specialists, Math Specialists, and tutors in one place.”  Learning occurred differently for Diane who struggled with math and teachers who did not understand her disability.  However, these struggles strengthened her drive to help others learn.
“I was determined to overcome my struggles and become the best teacher I could be to my future students.  I did not want children in the future to suffer from the same struggles as I did growing up. I wanted the future children, who struggled with learning, to understand in ways that my teachers growing up never understood.  I wanted to ensure that no one else was told they could not accomplish what they wanted in life just because of some who doubt their abilities.”
We know Diane will continue to provide her students with the knowledge to be successful in their futures. Congratulations Diane!
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