SMCM MAT Alumni Newsletter

May 2014

How many more days until summer vacay??

Greetings, MAT Alums!

As we here in EdStudies have been administering finals, preparing for graduation, and gearing up for Master's Research Projects (tweet us @SMCMEdStudies any sage advice to share with the cohort about MRPs!), you are probably prepping for your end of the year as well!

How do you prepare for the end of the school year?

  • Are you a list-maker, outlining everything you need to do to say goodbye to your students and classroom?
  • Do you plan a ton of fun (yet educational!) activities?
  • Do you open up a big can of tough love on your students to push them to do their best??

Whatever your system is, I hope that you felt appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week (and every day, really!) and that you are excited for that last few weeks of the school year. Does it always go by so fast??

Remember to share with me all of your Good News/Fun News and the Teacher Openings that you hear about!

-April Ryan, MAT '10

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Good News/Fun News!

MAT Alumni Information

Please fill out the MAT Alumni Information Form to update your contact and professional information.

MAT Alumni at St. Mary's College!

In addition to Katy Arnett and myself, we have had several MAT alums teach courses here at SMCM!

  • Daniel Morris, MAT '11: co-taught Child in America in Fall 2013
  • James Ritter, MAT '09: co-taught Child in America in Fall 2013
  • Katie Siguenza, MAT '10: co-taught Child in America in Spring 2014 & Summer 2014
  • Chris Rodkey, MAT '11: co-taught Child in America in Spring 2014
  • Lauren Leischer, MAT '10: taught Math for Teachers II in Spring 2014
  • Stephen Warner, MAT '12: co-taught Child in America in Summer 2014

Teaching Opportunities

  • From Laurie Hammond, MAT '10: "I have been working for Connections Education since 2011. I began as a Temporary Employee in their Curriculum Department from January-April 2011, and then I transitioned to their Academic Placement Department the following summer. From there, I started as an Academic Placement Advisor working with families who are in the enrollment process for our virtual schools (available in 26 states). Within the department, we review the academic documentation in order to place the students into their appropriate courses. We also have a phone queue which our Advisors are a part of which allows families to call in to discuss the needed documentation. In July 2012, I transitioned into a Lead Advisor role focusing on Special Education students. Then, this month, I became one of the managers of the department.There are even several other St. Mary's alumni who work for the company, including two of our team members (Samantha James and Larry Petruccy, both Senior Managers of the Academic Placement Department)."

    In the Academic Placement Department, we currently have job openings for both regular and temporary positions. They can be found on our website at or by following this link.

  • Bay Montessori School in Lexington Park, MD: Middle School Lead Position Available and Upper Elementary Lead Position Available. See description here and on our Facebook page. If you are interested, send your resume and cover letter to

  • McLean Children's Academy in McLean, VA (about 3.5 miles from Marymount) is looking for a Preschool Teacher/Assistant Director. They are searching for a well qualified Preschool Teacher who can assume some management responsibilities as one of the Directors interacting with our parents and staff. They are searching for an enthusiastic person who enjoys working with young children.

    Duties for the lead teacher include planning and teaching: Circle time, Art, Fine Motor, Gross motor and Writing Center.
    Duties as one of the Director / Assistant Directors may include:
    - Scheduling programs and events
    - Daily e-mail, phone, and personal contact with parents and prospective parents.
    - Some school enrollment responsibility.
    - Maintaining school function
    - Proficiency with computers (specifically Apple)
    Desirable candidates will have a degree in ECE, Education or a related field. Experience in Early Childhood Education is a plus. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to pursue a career in private school education or to take on some management responsibilities. Please submit a cover letter and resume and they will call you to schedule an interview. Call 571-402-4228 for more info.

  • Southern Teachers Agency currently has 659 vacancies listed by schools for the 2014-15 academic year! Each year, STA helps hundreds of teachers and coaches find jobs at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania.

    Please click on any of the links below for information about current vacancy listings.

    Art Latin Chinese Learning Specialist Counselor Math Drama Media Specialist/Librarian Elementary Music/Chorus/Band English Physical Education

    ESL Science French Spanish History/Social Studies Technology

    In addition, they presently have numerous Administrative Opportunities listed around the South.

    General Requirements:

    • Elementary Education: teacher certification required and, typically, 3 years of full time teaching experience
    • Art, Physical Education, and Music: teacher certification strongly preferred
    • Learning Specialist: teacher certification required
    • Media Specialist/Library: MLS (or comparable degree) required
    • Counselor: master’s degree in counselor education, but not necessarily for College Counselors
    • Administration: master’s degree in administration preferred for most jobs
    • For most other middle- and high-school teaching positions, a bachelor’s degree with a major in the teaching field (or at least a minor) is essential. Teacher certification is preferred, but not always required.

    Application process:

    Click here to Apply to be an STA Candidate. You’ll be asked to upload your resume and cover letter along with the STA application.

    Job Fairs:

    Throughout the hiring season, STA will host 12 virtual recruitment fairs: Thursdays @ STA! Registered STA candidates may participate in these fairs and will have the opportunity to meet school administrators through prescheduled, real-time digital interviews for vacancies, with zero travel and zero registration costs. In order to participate in the next virtual fair of 2014 scheduled for June 10th-12th, interested students should apply to STA for candidacy as soon as possible. For more information about Thursdays @ STA, click here.

    Please visit our website or contact:

    Southern Teachers Agency

    Charlottesville, Virginia
    Tel (434) 295-9122

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