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Author Debbie Levy MSMU 2015 The Mount welcomed author Debbie Levy to campus on October 1st.  When she visited Dr. Cook's course on Materials for Teaching Reading, she spoke on "Why Dog Books are a Teacher's Best Friend."  She shared how her book Dozer's Run:  A True Story of a Dog and His Race as well as other dog books could be used as mentor texts to teach writing style and important themes.  In the evening, Debbie addressed university students and area teachers on "From Small Dramas to Big Questions: Bringing Tough Issues and Timeless Concerns to Young Readers."  During the lecture she spoke about her book The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells and how her mom's childhood autograph book from Nazi Germany focused her writing.  Everyone enjoyed her warmth and openness as she shared the importance of teaching tough topics in child friendly ways. 

Denise Obinna joins the Mount faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  Dr. Obinna earned her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. Her teaching and research interests include: Immigation, Demography, Social Stratification, Race, Gender, and Class Inequalities.  She is teaching Foundations of Sociology and Methods of Social Research. 



Dr. Tim Wolfe, Director, Human Services Program, was recently accepted into the Frederick County Leadership Class of 2016, run by the the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.  He recently attended a two-day retreat and is very excited to learn more about Frederick County.   "I'm finding this to be a really useful experience.  It is teaching me a lot about leadership," says Dr. Wolfe.

Social Justice Panel 2015  Drs. Tim Wolfe and Kim Hansen were members of the planning       
  committee that organized the Justice in America Today? Challenges
  and Opportunities for Action
panel discussion held in a packed Knott
  Auditorium on September 2nd.
  Distinguished panel members included:  Marc Mauer, one of the
  country's leading experts on sentencing policy and the criminal justice
  system; Anthony Batts, former Baltimore City Police Commissioner,
  and Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden, Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  This event was sponsored by the Office of the President.

Michelle Ohanian

Michelle Ohanian joins the Mount faculty as an Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Ohanian earned her doctoral degree from George Mason University with a specialization in literacy and multilingual/multicultural education. Dr. Ohanian has distinguished herself as a teacher of Spanish and ESOL specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). She earned National Board Certification: English as new Language in 2006, and was named FCPS Teacher of the Year in 2008 and in the same year earned the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Educational Excellence. She is teaching Foundations of Education, Reading in the Secondary Content Areas, and Globalization of Education.

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