Teachers take tech fellowships in state program
The Press of Atlantic City

May 14, 2001

TRENTON - Four area teachers are among 20 named to the state's new Technology Fellowship: Mentoring and Modeling program. The teachers will be given the year off from teaching in 2001-2002 to work with the Department of Education and the county Educational Technology Training Centers to share projects they have developed with teachers around the state.

The teachers chosen to participate are:

  • Darryl Ensminger

    Ensminger is an eighth-grade social studies teacher in the Hamilton Township school district in Atlantic County. His project is called "Dominoes: A Dangerous Game?" and is a problem-based learning project to analyze U.S. foreign-policy decisions in Vietnam from 1960 to 1965.

  • Sharon Faith

    Faith is a marketing and computer teacher in the Southern Regional school district in Ocean County. She will develop a Web-based unit on e-commerce that will show students trends in marketing. Students will interact with peers in other schools and create an Internet company.

  • Christine Osei-Tu-Tu

    Osei-Tu-Tu is a distance-learning teacher in the Millville schools system in Cumberland County. Her project, "Exploring South Jersey Wetlands," will use video conferencing and Web publishing to study migratory shorebirds and their effect on the horseshoe-crab population. Students will take virtual field trips to related sites and publish their final project on the Web.

  • Susan Ross

    Ross is a computer teacher in the Middle Township school district in Cape May County. She will enhance her own district Web site while developing workshops to show teachers how to create their own Web pages for specific curriculum.


    Rowan University graduates first doctoral students
    Two local residents are among four students in the first doctoral program at Rowan University who participated in commencement exercises last week at the college. The four were in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, which began in 1997 with 15 students. The program currently has 39 students.

    The two local graduates are:

  • LaNetta Hammill, assistant principal of the Middle Township Elementary School No. 1 in Cape May County. Her dissertation was "Influences of Leadership Theory and Change Process during the Implementation of a Social Skills Program."

  • Cindy Marconi-Hickman of Minotola, Atlantic County, an adjunct professor at Rowan and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. As part of her dissertation, she helped develop a leadership-studies concentration at Rowan.


    Coastal workshop aims at teachers
    The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will host its 22nd annual Coastal Workshop for Teachers from May 18 to 29 at the Wetlands Institute.

    The courses will be offered, with each participant choosing three. The workshop is designed to increase teachers' knowledge of marine and estuarine ecosystems and their value. Teachers will learn how to use coastal sites as classrooms.

    The cost is $80, which includes meals. An optional workshop, "The Wonders of the Wetlands," is free and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18. Professional-development credits are available. For more information, call (856) 629-7214 or Sue Canale at (609) 748-2031.


    State DOE honors Stockton students
    Three college graduates participating in the teacher-education program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey were among 15 honored by the state Department of Education with "Distinguished Candidate Awards."

    The three are Jenna Harmstead, Michael J. McHale Jr. and Paula Roberson. All plan to be elementary school teachers.

    - Education Writer Diane D'Amico+