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Life just got simpler for Professors in Residence (PiR), thanks to the efforts of Computer Science major Tim Evans, C'14.  Tim designed a lesson plan evaluation app for the iPad as an independent study.  Now PiRs can use the app to record comments regarding interns' lessons and send the completed form directly to the intern. Dean Palmer, PiR to Crestwood Middle School, applauds the expediency and efficiency of the app. 






Alexandria Honsberger 2014In her Sociology Research Project Alexandria Honsberger, C'15, examined whether resident assistants helped residents (emerging adults) develop their identity. She surveyed 279 resident students using the IDEA: Views on Life Survey (Reifman, Arnett & Colwell, 2007) combined with programming evalution questions. She was curious to know if there was a relationship between resident assistant availability, programming and identity development.

Results indicate that first year students (50% of the time) rated 'seeing their resident every day' higher than sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Also, residents who lived in upperclassman areas reported a higher level of satisfaction with their resident assistant. However, there was no direct association between identity development and resident assistant visibility. Implications for improvement to programming conclude the study.

Alex is a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. Her advisor for the project was Dr. Tim Wolfe, associate professor of sociology, and director of the human services program.  

Jaci Drass’ class in AY 2013-14

Jaci Drass’ class in AY 2013-14 was national runner up in the 2014 Scholastic Kids are Authors contest. The class wrote a non-fiction book focusing on American landmarks and monuments, titled The Country We Love.  Their book was chosen from over 7,000 nationwide entries.  Jaci, C’05(is a 2005 graduate of MSM and elementary education major.)  is a 2nd grade teacher at Tuscarora Elementary School.  This is the second year Scholastic recognized the authors in Ms. Drass’ class.  Pictured is her class with their medals.




Dr. Layton Field, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Field comes to us from Texas A&M University, wherse he received his  Ph.D.  Dr. Field specializes in Social Demography and has previously taught courses in social problems, research methods, foundations of sociology, and statistics.  He currently resides in Fairfield, PA with his wife and three children.





Dr. Ernest Solar, Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Solar comes to us from George Mason University, where he received his Ph.D. Dr. Solar brings a wealth of classroom experience to the teacher education program; he previously served as a secondary special education teacher in Loudoun Country, Virginia.  He currently resides in Lovettsville, VA. 


MTI Panel 2014

This year’s Mount Teacher Institute provided an opportunity to focus on school system and university efforts to implement common standards.  Panelists representing three states and five school districts shared successes that included (a) school staffs defining key terms, (b) hosting parent sessions, (c) teacher teams developing lessons, (d) developing teacher candidates’ knowledge base, (e) engaging students in deep reading and investigative work.  A repeated theme was the importance of open and clear communication about the standards. 

Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Stacey Brown-Hobbs, MSM, DeVeda Coley, C'93, Frederick County Public Schools, Kelly May, C'13, Carroll County Public Schools, Greg Mullenholz, C'03, Montgomery County Public Schools, Dr. Linda Gambrell, Clemson University, and Dr. Barbara Marinak, MSM. 

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