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From touring rock musician to Teacher of the Year in Valley school system

After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter ’11 moved to Tucson, Arizona. He spent two years playing guitar in a bluegrass band, then joined a rock band called Harlem, moved to Austin, Texas, and started to get recognized nationally. “I lived [in Austin] for a summer, and a bunch of things happened all at o ...More

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EMU-trained teachers earn high marks in local school systems

More than 500 alumni living in the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County work in education, though only two-thirds of these seem to be employed in their home districts, according to EMU’s alumni database. “The teachers we hire from the EMU teacher education program rank as being some of the best,” says Scott R. Kizner, superintendent of Harrisonburg City public schools. “I ...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 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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Former Cairo Educator Keeps Watchful Eye on Egypt

When Dr. Lee M. Yoder ’63 first spotted the cover of the Feb. 28, 2011, edition of Time, he was astonished. Under the blazing headline “The Generation Changing the World,” he spotted a 23-year-old Egyptian college student he reca ...More

Award Will Boost EMU Faculty Research Project

Cathy Smeltzer Erb, associate professor of teacher education A member of the teacher education department faculty will receive a national award that will help her continue a researc ...More