Written by Dr. Marsha Roach, IHE Liason
This year, five Stevenson University interns have joined the Perry Hall Elementary School staff. According to Caitlyn Saffer (2015) “The best thing about interning at Perry Hall is being with a great staff. Everyone is so inviting and ready to help.” Alyssa Pavignano (2015) added, “The long hours and hard work it takes brainstorming lesson plans and putting them in place is well worth it in the end because I know I am going to make a difference in the lives of my students. This is my ‘purpose driven life.” Kaitlynn Greene (2015) couldn’t agree more. She said, “I really enjoy being there every day and working with the students and knowing that this is something I will be doing for the rest of my life." Alyssa has discovered that “The best part for me is my experience with my students. Each morning I wake up with anticipation of once again seeing their bright eager faces wanting to learn. Here is where I can make a difference.”
Superhero Perry Hall interns: Caitlyn Saffer, Stephanie Clampitt, Meghan Diven, Alyssa Pavignano, and Kaitlynn Greene
Each year, Stevenson University interns are challenged to create and implement a service learning project that benefits the Perry Hall school community. This year, the Stevenson interns planned and presented a Superhero Multicultural Math Night. With their enthusiastic guidance, students and their parents were encouraged to “fly through the halls of Perry Hall Elementary” visiting countries and learning about the mathematics contributions of three countries: Nigeria, Mexico, and Egypt. During the evening event, students began their flight by receiving a bag of supplies which included a passport for documenting their travels. In addition to the engaging, hands-on activities, students were able to have their photo taken at the Superhero Photo Booth, meet two math Superheroes, and win prizes. At the conclusion of the evening, families left with happy math memories and a bag of family activities they could complete at home. The Stevenson interns agree with Stephanie Clampitt (2015) who said, “We are so very thankful to have a supportive Perry Hall staff, whose willingness to help, made this night a super success!”
Perry Hall Elementary School is located in the northeast area of Baltimore County. Administrators, teacher interns and teacher candidates have a history of working collaboratively to create a safe and structured learning environment where students are encouraged to grow into 21st century life-long learners and leaders. The school staff is dedicated to thinking critically and creatively to promote a sense of teamwork and cooperation. By utilizing effective teaching strategies and current technology, Perry Hall students become empowered to reach their maximum potential as respectful, responsible and productive citizens.