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Newly Minted Math Teacher Loves Middle School

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 I helped him see he misunder ...More

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EMU Alum Named Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year

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 stigma that no one from Harrisonburg ...More

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Bilingual Grad Enlivens Elementary Spanish Classes

Fifteen kindergarteners file into Camila Pandolfi’s classroom at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Va., and take seats in the illustrated rows they recognize by such names as triángulo, corazón, estrella (triangle, heart, star). They enthusiastically repeat descriptions of storybook creatures Pandolfi displays: caballo az ...More

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EMU Alumni Among County Teachers of the Year

Karen Komara, a 1994 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna, was named the Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year in June 2012. Seven other alumni were recognized at an end-of year appreciation dinner by Rockingham County Public Schools. In an interview with Bob Corso of WHSV-TV3, Komara, a fifth-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary, said she was honored to be chosen for the award. ...More

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EMU Boasts Teachers of Promise

Six students were selected to represent Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at the Teachers of Promise Institute, Mar. 24-25, in Richmond, Va. The Teachers of Promise Foundation, which sponsored the event, seeks to recognize and support the best prospective public school teachers in the United States, accor ...More

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Pastor Pairs Love of Church, People with Disabilities

Courtesy Bluffton University Having an adopted brother with tubular meningitis has made a huge mark on the Rev. Paula Snyder Belousek’s life. “Early on, I became interested in what role people with disabilities play in the church setting,” she said last week at Bluffton University. While majoring in special education ...More

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Teacher Awarded for Creative Web Use

Jennie Carr, a master in education student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and fourth-grade teacher at Elkton Elementary School, was chosen as one of two recipients of the 2011 Virginia “Thinkfinity” Teacher of the Year award. Carr joins Mary Johnson, a first-grade ...More

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Serve and Lead Goes Global

A chance to serve and lead on a global scale has led three 2011 spring graduates of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) far from the comfort and familiarity of Harrisonburg to a newly opened academic center in the Adriatic Sea town of Lezhe, Albania. The Lezha Academic Center (LAC) op ...More

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Early Learning Center Hosts Open House

The early learning center at Eastern Mennonite University will host an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 12 – 4 p.m. The center is a child-focused, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children ages 2 to 5. The pre-kindergarten program runs September through mid-May each school year. Drop in to experience the environ ...More

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Former EMU Education Prof Dies

Kathryn F. (Kass) Seitz, a former member of the Eastern Mennonite University teaching faculty, died Sunday, June 5, at Oak Lea Nursing Home in Harrisonburg. She was 73. Seitz was a member of EMU’s education department faculty from 1979 to 1986. Her teaching specialty was elementary education. Her spouse, Kenneth L. Seitz, Jr., who survives, taught in the department of Bible ...More