Education Notes


August 03, 2008

Fourth-grade teacher chosen for Fulbright exchange program

A fourth-grade teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie has been chosen for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and will travel to Wembley, England, for the 2008-2009 school year.

As one of approximately 450 United States educators who will travel abroad next school year through the program, Lauren Sansone will trade places with fourth-grade teacher Michelle Hunt of the Lyon Park Junior School.

Recipients of Fulbright grant awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Before heading off to their assigned schools, Sansone and Hunt will meet and participate in training for the program beginning this week in Washington, D.C.

AACC graduate among 10 who won scholarships

An Anne Arundel Community College graduate has won a $5,000 scholarship from a global management consulting firm to pursue a four-year degree.

Accenture awarded the scholarship to Remington Dechene of Millersville and nine other Maryland, New York and Texas students at a ceremony this month in Washington. The 2008 recipients are all pursuing degrees and careers in technology or business fields. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the coming school year and will be eligible for another $5,000 for one additional year of study or until a bachelor's degree is earned.

Dechene spent 21/2 years on active duty as a Marine, including eight months in Iraq, and earned his associate's degree while stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.

UMES awards degrees to six Arundel natives

Six Anne Arundel County natives were among the 313 students to be awarded bachelor's degrees, 53 who earned master's degrees and seven who earned doctoral degrees this spring from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore:

* Dashawn Anderson of Annapolis, Bachelor of Arts in sociology;

* Rodney Bowman of Annapolis, Bachelor of Arts in sociology;

* Stacie Hutton of Annapolis, Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services;

* Damon Johnson of Glen Burnie, Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling;

* Cassandra Kirkland of Odenton, Bachelor of Science in business administration;

* Dawan Wilcox of Pasadena, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.

Education council names Smith a charter member

Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College, has been named a charter member of the Education Council of the Manufacturing Institute, the education and research arm of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Smith, who has been president of AACC since August 1994, has been involved in work force issues at the state and national level for many years.

Student gets honorable mention at annual art competition

An Anne Arundel Community College art student won honorable mention in the 22nd annual Student Art Competition sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Kristen Masters of Upper Marlboro, a visual arts major, was one of five students selected by AACC at the local round of the national competition.

Masters created "Study of a Man," an 18-inch by 24-inch graphite-on-paper artwork.

College offers program to help Hispanic students

Space is available in Anne Arundel Community College's new program to help Hispanic students with their transition into college life.

Adelante, a free one-week program, will meet Aug. 11-15 at the Arnold campus. The sessions will use Hispanic literature, art and music to familiarize students with college coursework and to introduce participants to resources at the college, such as walk-in tutoring, professional and peer mentoring, and study halls.

All sessions begin at 9 a.m., with sessions ending at 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; at 3 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Friday, which includes a field trip to a Hispanic cultural center and a Hispanic restaurant in Washington. There is no cost to students, and lunch is included daily.

Pre-registration is required. Call 410-777-2530 or e-mail

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