Grown-ups back in class

Glenelg Country School to offer a new adult education program

April 15, 2007|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter

The average age of Glenelg Country School's student population will change considerably in the coming weeks when the private school launches an adult enrichment program.

The Ellicott City school will offer 14 evening classes that range from quantum physics to tap dancing. The six-week courses will meet once a week on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Each class typically will last two hours.

The courses, taught by teachers and parents at the school, will begin Tuesday. The cost will range from $125 to $200. Eighty-five people have enrolled, and the school is still accepting applications.

Ray Broderick, assistant head for academics at the school, crafted the program over the past year.

"We want other people in the community to know about the great things that happen at Glenelg," he said. "We want to bring them on our campus. We want to meet the needs of our adult population."

The school has received a "nice mix" of adults enrolling in classes, he said.

"We have younger couples, married folks and older folks, as well," Broderick said. "It's pretty representative of our community."

Several of the school's teachers have signed up to take classes, according to Broderick.

"We wanted it to be a resource for the immediate community as well as for our faculty," he said.

The classes cover the arts, humanities, languages and life skills.

Although some classes are more leisure-based - one of the most popular classes is "Let's Play With Watercolors" - there are more rigorous classes, such as "Introduction to Microsoft Office 2003" and "Personal Financial Planning."

"We are offering classes that you would not get through park and rec and Howard Community College," Broderick said. "These are cutting-edge courses."

Alex McClung, a parent of three students at the school and its wrestling coach, will teach "Quantum Physics for Poets."

"Physics can be an intimidating subject," McClung said. "We are trying to decipher this jargon and explain it to a layperson."

McClung, director of quality assurance and regularity affairs for BioniCare Medical Technologies Inc. in Sparks, said he is excited to teach the course.

He said his role as a teacher should have little affect on his children.

"They've learned to expect just about anything from dad," he said with a laugh.

Applications for adult enrichment classes can be obtained from the school's Web site,, or by calling the school at 410-531-8600.

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