Professor’s student teaching experience leads to invaluable partnership

Don Murk Don Murk’ 79
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

What makes a kid who grew up in rural, eastern Pennsylvania interested in teaching in a city? That’s the question Don Murk ’79, professor of early childhood education asked himself more than 30 years ago as student at Messiah College. Murk, who was an early childhood and elementary education major, decided he wanted to complete his student teaching experience in an urban school and spent his student teaching semester at Downey Elementary School in the Harrisburg School District teaching kindergarten. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 1979, About Leadership, About Service, Alumni, Education, Majors & Minors, Scholarship, Service and Learning | 1 Comment »

Posted on November 15th, 2013

Teaching with technology

Innovative lesson plan helps alumna land first teaching job

Elizabeth Arnold ’12
Teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School
Philadelphia, Pa.

For fourth grade teacher and Messiah alumna, Elizabeth Arnold ’12, learning to embrace technology played a vital role in helping her secure her current job. Just months after graduating, Arnold was hired as a full-time teacher at the Alliance for Progress Charter School in North Philadelphia, where she uses innovative technology to bring life to her lesson plans.

As a student at Messiah, Arnold joined a pilot program through the College that loaned students iPads to use during their student teaching experiences. She quickly learned the role technology could play in the classroom.

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Posted in 2012, Alumni, Education, Majors & Minors | Comments Off

Posted on October 15th, 2012

Serving the community shapes student’s life

rachel-moffett1Rachel Moffett ’09
Elementary Education major

Every Tuesday afternoon Rachel Moffett ’09 boards a bus to work with inner-city youth at the Allison Hill Community Center in Harrisburg.  After four years of helping with homework, cleaning, serving meals, and lending a shoulder to cry on, this elementary education alum bids farewell to the individuals that have helped shape her life, broaden her horizons, and strengthen her fortitude.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, About Service, Alumni, Education, Service and Learning, Study Abroad | Comments Off

Posted on October 6th, 2009

Philly campus a rewarding experience

lacey-wardLacey Ward ′09
English major with an emphasis in literature, and a minor in Urban Studies
Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Throughout the 2009 academic year, Lacey Ward hit the streets and the books as both a student at Messiah’s Philadelphia Campus [MCPC] and a teacher’s assistant at William Penn High School, ultimately earning her the right to stand among Philadelphia’s finest young educators.  Now, as she prepares for her greatest challenge—the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows program—Ward looks back to what got her started on this unexpected journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 2009, Education, English, Internships, Philadelphia Campus | Comments Off

Posted on May 4th, 2009

A little mentoring goes a long way

Steady H. Moono ′85
Education major
Currently the Vice President for Student Affairs,
Montgomery County Community College

Residing in Collegeville, Pennsylvania

When Dr. Steady Moono ’85 earned national recognition as the “2008 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate,” his acceptance speech cited not his master’s degree alma mater, nor his doctorate alma mater, but Messiah College—a place that taught him the meaning of mentoring relationships.

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Posted in 1985, About Leadership, Alumni, Education, Giving Back, Grad School Bound, Intl' Students | 2 Comments »

Posted on November 12th, 2008

First year teacher honored by professor and colleagues

Johanna K. Hartman ’07
Secondary Education major
Hometown: Columbia, PA

“I didn’t expect that when I walked down the [graduation] aisle, that I would know my professors beyond the classroom,” said Johanna Hartman ’07, magna cum laude music education graduate.

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Posted on August 12th, 2008


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