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    Successes That Don’t Show Up in School Test Scores

    July 5th, 2013

    From the moment the eighth-graders left Montevideo Middle School for their annual field trip to Baltimore until they returned hours later, Nathan Medlin was every bit a part of the crowd. His classmates greeted him enthusiastically in the morning, included him in their clusters around the tanks at the National Aquarium, and made sure he …More

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    Two-Day Workshop Inspires Future Teachers

    April 18th, 2013

    Six students were selected to represent Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at the Teachers of Promise Institute, March 22-23, 2013, a two-day workshop designed to recognize and support the best prospective public school teachers in the United States, according to their website. EMU students that participated included: Allison Bontrager, mathematics major from Wellman, Ia.; Allison Eanes, …More

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    Alumna Was Early Leader in English as a Second Language Education

    January 17th, 2013

    The focus on teaching English to non-native speakers in Harrisonburg, Va., began when a ’64 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was tapped to address the needs of the city’s growing group of students who were fluent in other languages, but not English. This assignment put Linda Heatwole Bland “on the fastest learning curve in …More

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    Newly Minted Math Teacher Loves Middle School

    December 20th, 2012

    Steven Rittenhouse ’11 recalls a student-teaching “aha!” moment – a turning point both for himself, then an Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) undergraduate, and for a boy who dropped into his classroom during a planning period at Thomas Harrison Middle School (THMS). “He was visibly frustrated with his math homework. We worked with it together, and …More

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    EMU Alum Named Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year

    November 27th, 2012

    Kelley Shradley-Horst, an art teacher at Harrisonburg High School and 2006 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, didn’t get her hopes up. Even after scoring one of five regional nominations on her way to becoming the Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year, she was skeptical about actually winning the honor. “I kind of had a …More

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