Stu­dents earn 4-year de­gree through co­hort in Wye Mills

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

WYE MILLS — Six stu­dents in­tern­ing in lo­cal schools grad­u­ated this spring from the co­hort pro­gram through the Sal­is­bury University Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment lo­cated at the East­ern Shore Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter on the cam­pus of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege in Wye Mills.

Those stu­dents — El­iz­a­beth Har­man, Den­ton Ele­men­tary School; Shawnie Holt­man, Eas­ton Ele­men­tary/Ken­nard Ele­men­tary; Ashlie Ir­win, Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools; Anna Seitzer, Eas­ton Ele­men­tary/ Cen­tre­ville Ele­men­tary; Rachel Slaugh­ter, Den­ton Ele­men­tary; and Michelle Smith, Eas­ton Ele­men­tary — re­ceived their de­grees in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion at the Wye Mills cam­pus on May 22. All the women are res­i­dents of the mid-shore.

The ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment be­tween Sal­is­bury University and Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege al­lows stu­dents who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted an As­so­ci­ate of Arts in teach­ing de­gree to au­to­mat­i­cally be ac­cepted into the Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram at Sal­is­bury University, and stu­dents can choose to take their cour­ses on the main cam­pus in Sal­is­bury or join the co­hort at the Wye Mills cam­pus, said Elaine M. O’Neal, Ed.D, ESHEC site co­or­di­na­tor and as­sis­tant clinical pro­fes­sor, Sal­is­bury University.

The agree­ment al­lows many stu­dents on the Mi­dand Up­per Shore who are in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing an ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion de­gree from Sal­is­bury University to work within their com­mu­ni­ties to achieve their per­sonal goals, while pro­vid­ing a source of new teacher can­di­dates to their home­town school districts, O’Neal said.

O’Neal is in her sec­ond year as site co­or­di­na­tor for the co­hort and works closely with Deb­o­rah Urry, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the ESHEC, as well as Dr. Deanna Reinard and Sarah Ross of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. O’Neal said she was happy to re­port that in fall 2018, there will be 11 stu­dents in the co­hort of se­niors and 12 stu­dents are cur­rently in the new co­hort of ju­niors. “It is ex­cit­ing to see the pro­gram grow!,” she said.

The new co­hort is still ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the pro­gram lo­cated at the satel­lite lo­ca­tion in Wye Mills. Stu­dents in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the pro­gram may con­tact O’Neal di­rectly at 410-822-5400 ext. 2212 or by email at emoneal@salis bury.edu.

From lefT, are the 2018 grad­u­ates re­ceiv­ing their de­gree through the co­hort at the East­ern Shore Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Wye Mills, El­iz­a­beth Har­man, Cor­dova; Anna Seitzer, Queen Anne’s; Ashlie Ir­win, Fed­er­als­burg; Michelle Smith, Queenstown; Shawnie Holt­man, Stevensville; and Rachel Slaugh­ter, Den­ton.

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