Early and Elementary Education

From left, front row, Hannah Jones, Rachel Schardt and Elizabeth Morris, second row, Victoria Darrow, Shyanne Snow and Jessica Kemp, and third row, Maureen Rubino, Erin Kerley, Rebekah Palamaras, Gabrielle Ward and MaryJo Gavin during the cohort celebration at Chesapeake college on May 14.

SALISBURY — Eleven students interning in local schools graduated this spring from the cohort program through Salisbury University’s Department of Early and Elementary Education. The program is located at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the campus of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

Those students, Victoria Darrow, Greensboro; MaryJo Gavin, Goldsboro; Hannah Jones, Easton; Erin Kerley, California; Elizabeth Morris, St. Michaels; Rebekah Palamaras, Cambridge; Maureen Rubino, Ridgely; Rachel Schardt, Annapolis; Shyanne Snow, Greensboro, and Garielle Ward, Greensboro, received their Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at the Salisbury University campus on May 23. The students celebrated with their families on May 14 at the annual Cohort Graduation Celebration held at the Caroline Center each year in conjunction with Salisbury University and ESHEC.

The articulation agreement between Salisbury University and Chesapeake College allows students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree in early or elementary teaching to be accepted into the Professional Teacher Education Program at Salisbury University. Students can choose to take their courses at the main campus in Salisbury or to join the cohort at the ESHEC satellite location in Wye Mills, said Dr. Elaine O’Neal, ESHEC site coordinator and assistant clinical professor, Salisbury University.

The agreement allows students on the Mid- and Upper Shore who are interested in pursuing a degree in elementary education from Salisbury University to be placed in field placement internships within their communities to achieve their personal goals while providing a source of new teacher candidates to their hometown school districts, O’Neal said.

O’Neal is in her third year as site coordinator for the cohort and works closely with Deborah Urry, executive director of the ESHEC, as well as Dr. Deanna Reinard and Sarah Ross of Chesapeake College.

O’Neal said she is happy to report the cohort program continues to grow and that in fall 2019, there will be approximately 24 students who are juniors and seniors. “It is exciting to see the program grow and now, we are working on potentially offering the double major of Early and Elementary Education in the fall of 2020. This will allow our students to meet a need on the Eastern Shore for teachers in grades PreK – 6.”

The cohort for the fall of 2019 is still accepting applications for earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the satellite location in Wye Mills. Students interested in learning more about the program may contact O’Neal directly at 410-822-5400, ext. 2212 or by email at emoneal@salisbury.edu.

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