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School of Education and Human Services


The Teachers of Promise Program (TOP) and Institute began in 2007 as an outgrowth of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, a program of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The goals of thes program are to encourage the best and brightest college students to teach in Maryland and to provide a transition from student to first year teacher. The program capitalizes on the expertise of Teachers of the Year and other award-winning educators by matching them with promising pre-service seniors from Maryland colleges and universities. These are students that demonstrate high academic achievement and teaching skills as evidenced by their grades and student teaching. Mentors and protégés work together online during the spring and summer transition period until the new teachers are placed in their schools.

The Mount's education students selected to participate in the 2015 Maryland Teachers of Promise program are pictured left to right: Amanda Jedlowski, Rachel Teti, Nicole Presti, Rose Branzell, and Kelsey Wailes. 

ESLGroup2015On April 17, 24 students from the English Language Learners (ELL) program at Frederick High visited Mount Saint Mary's University and the Grotto of Lourdes. The FHS students were met by Dr. Cynthia Fragas-Canadas, professor of Global Education, and 15 of her students. Dr. Fragas-Canadas and the university students led the tour of the campus and the Grotto, allowing the FHS students to practice their English conversation and get an insider's view of the campus. They even enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Patriot. During the Fall and Spring 2014-2015 semesters, students in Dr. Fragas-Canadas' course visited Mrs. Karen Duffy's ELL classes at Frederick High School to observe and tutor the ELL students, who are from from Central America, South America and Burma. The FHS students really enjoyed the trip to the Mount and were motivated to continue studying hard! Mrs. Duffy and the high school students were overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality of the Mount students and professors and the beauty of the campus. If you are intersted in learning more about the English Language Learner program at Frederick High School or are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen Duffy at

SPARC Festival 2015 showcased the work of the following SEHS scholars:

Rebecca Adamczyk from SPARC 2015

Rebecca A. Adamczyk, C'15
Elementary Education 
Mentor: Barbara Marinak, Ph.D.   
Project: "Standing against Food Deprivation and Nutrition Unawareness in Schools"

Constance Kniesler from SPARC 2015

Constance M. Kniesler, C'15
Criminal Justice 
Mentor: Joseph Vince   
Project: "The Use of Body Language in Law Enforcement"

Jason Mansmann SPARC 2015

Jason P. Mansmann, C'15
Criminal Justice   
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.  
Project: "Standing Your Ground: An Exploratory Look at the Origins, Applications, and Beliefs
Regarding the Stand Your Ground Laws and their Effects on Crime"


Bridgette NItza-Buwala from SPARC 2015

Bridgette E. Nitza-Buwala, C'15
Criminal Justice  
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.   
Project: "Report a Concern": An online Reporting System as a Community-Policing Concern"


Nicole Presti from SPARC 2015

Nicole L. Presti, C'15
Elementary Education    
Mentor: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D. 
 Project: "Analyzing Award-Winning Picture Books from the Twenty-First Century through the
Lens of Catholic Social Teaching"

Craig Sakowski from SPARC 2015

Craig N. Sakowski, C'15
Criminal Justice  
Mentor: Timothy Wolfe, Ph.D.   
Project: "Rape Myth Acceptance as Influenced by Media Consumption"

Natalie Theis  from SPARC 2015

Natalie R. Theis, C'15
Elementary Education   
Mentors: Carolyn Cook, Ph.D. and Marco Roman, Ph.D.  
Project: "Extending Bilingual Education: Building the Confidence of English-Language Readers
through Spanish Vocabulary Acquisition"


The School of Education and Human Services hosted the second annual Making an Impact Panel on March 24 in Knott Auditorium. Five SEHS alumni shared stories of how they have made an impact in their current jobs and communities and answered questions about classes and experiences at the Mount that shaped them into the people they are today.


Kelsey Kierce, C’16 said, "I see the value of philosophy and theology classes, and the panelists confirmed how the core helps them tackle issues on the job."


The panel connected with students on a broader level, giving them the opportunity to see how the many aspects of their Mount experience contributed to developing them as a whole person rather than just preparing them for a job. 


"I learned about what the other half of our school does. There is so much overlap between education, sociology, and criminal justice," said Junior Katie Donegan.

Making an Impact Panel of Alumni


2015 Making an Impact Panel members included:

Daniel W. Fowler, C'05 Daniel W. Fowler, C'05

Dan is currently an assistant principal at Eastern Elementary School in Washington County, Md.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Pangborn Chapel




Christine M. Gabor, C'90Christine M. Gabor, C'90

Christine is currently a Reading Specialist at George D. Lisby Elementary School in Harford County, Md.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception



Paulette A. Anders, C'92Paulette A. Anders, C'92

Paulette currently works as an independent college counselor.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception



Blair S. Aiken, C'08MAI2015Aiken

Blair is currently working as a staff analyst with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: Archbishop Borders Hall




Julianna I. Logan, C'13 Julianna I. Logan, C'13

Julianna is currently a crime analyst for the Cecil County Safe Streets Initiative.

Favorite place at the Mount to reflect: The Sociology Department



EdClubREeadingatthe MallMSM Education Club collaborated with Frederick County Reading Council for Reading at the Mall. It was an event where children, parents and volunteers had miles of smiles as: books were given away; stories were told in English & Spanish and interpreted in Sign Language; and bookmarks were made by children to take home.  They estimated that they gave away more than 700 books. 






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