Alumni Stories


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Counseling alumni and clinical intern students at Way Station Inc, of Sheppard Pratt Health System in Howard County. Left to right: Saba Khalid, student intern; Taylor Pendergast, LCPC, MS ’16; Brittney Hack, student intern; Marybeth Heather, LCPC, MS ’16, Board-approved clinical supervisor; Greg Harris, LCPC, MS ’13

Alumni News and Notes

Vicky Krug, Cert ’12, Mind, Brain and Teaching, was featured on the Trib Live website about her work in the classroom and applying Dr. Mariale Hardiman’s research.

William Owings, EdD, MS ’78, longtime professor in education at Old Dominion University, received the Tonelson Award—the highest honor given by the university to a faculty member—for recognition in research, teaching, and service.

S. Cristal Ouedraogo, MS ’18, Elementary Education, is currently in the Peace Corps working on a research project to create a literacy and research center in Benin. The center will provide girls with tools to enhance intellectual capacities and increase gender equity in the country’s schools.

Andrea Harkins Parrish, MS ’07, Special Education, a director at SOE’s IDEALS Institute, was lead author of a recent paper in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education offering competing perspectives on the use of learning analytics in higher education.

Morgan Showalter, MS ’13, has served for the past three years as the Baltimore Teachers Union appointee on the Maryland Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education, better known as the Kirwan Commission. He was the only teacher on the commission, whose recommendations represent the most comprehensive and transformative changes to Maryland public education in more than a century. Morgan also recently ran for the newly created teacher seat on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Colleen Smith, MS ’14, Educational Studies (TFA), was recently appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Millennial Advisory Committee (MAC). The first-of-its-kind committee comprises 21 appointees charged with advising the city on policies, programs, and actions affecting millennial residents as well as developing initiatives focused on attracting and retaining millennial residents.

During February’s National School Counseling Week, Evan Velleman, MS ’18, counselor at the Henderson-Hopkins school, took over SOE’s Instagram story and offered his thoughts on staying mentally healthy.

Melissa Wesner, MS ’07, Cert ’08, Clinical Community Counseling and Spiritual/Existential Counseling, was featured in two recent online articles, on telehealth counseling software as well as how to communicate positively with clients during a pandemic.

Maggie White, MS ’12, Admin and Supervision, is the new director of services efficacy for Edmentum, an ed tech company that blends learning solutions with individual teaching approaches. Maggie will be working with a team of 30 to standardize professional learning resources and practices across the nation.