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Plant by Plant towards Preservation of Monarchs – John Maciolek’s inspirational story

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john 3John “Monarch” Maciolek, a 2017 Hood College graduate in the Environment Biology program, has single-handedly been advocating for a monarch butterfly habitat in the newly-opened Hood-Frederick Memorial Hospital Resource Garden since its inception this spring. John’s assistance with the garden has been invaluable. He has not only donated his free time and effort, but milkweed plants from his property, all to develop an environment friendly to the monarch butterfly. The milkweed is the only plant in which the monarch can lay their eggs, and as the monarch’s natural habitats are being destroyed, the preservation of milkweed is crucial.

According to John, three species of milkweeds are planted in the Garden; Common Milkweed, Butterflyweed and Swamp Milkweed, with future plans for at least five different species. What makes this project even more notable is the fact that there are pollinator plants in close proximity to Milkweeds, so the butterflies will have food at the same spot. John believes that the garden is “a great educational tool that can be used as a resource for a number of Hood classes, like Environmental Problems, Insect Ecology and Conservation Biology.”

John started his Masters in Environmental Biology after several years in the Bioinformatics field. His career transition inspired him to develop plans for opening a nursery which would focus on native plants and their preservation, as well as establishing a non-profit which would work to purchase and preserve land before it is sold for large developments. “There are so many ways of developing infrastructure without having sprawl. I am not anti-business, just anti-sprawl.”

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While working toward these career goals, John will continue overseeing Hood’s Monarch Garden, which has been endorsed by both Monarch Watch and the Xerces Society.  John encourages anyone who is interested in helping these beautiful butterflies to volunteer with the Hood-FMH Resource Garden.

Outstanding Student- MBA

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i-j7Gpvmg-L Robin Winkler-Pickett graduated magna cum laude from Hood in 1984 as an Honors Biology Graduate with a BA and double major in Biology and Mathematics.  She returned to Hood and received an M.S. in Biomedical Science in 2007 and was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Biomedical Science that year.

This May, she received her THIRD Hood College degree, an M.B.A. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies.  For 30 years Robin has worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), doing scientific research and now serves as Scientific Operations Manager for one of the largest scientific programs at the Institute. She has co-authored over 40 publications and given presentations at national meetings. She was twice competitively selected to participate in Leadership training programs at the NCI.

Outstanding Student- Reading Specialization

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i-ZNkj8cV-L Kristine Abrecht has been a stellar student in Hood College’s MS in Reading Specialization program, maintaining a GPA of 3.94. Kristine has been an elementary school teacher in the Frederick County Public Schools since 2010, where she has taught grades two, three and five.  Kristine was asked to plan and implement a professional development opportunity for parents, teachers and child care professionals who worked in Frederick County where she shared the Importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with the special education population.

Kristine’s exit folio artifacts and reflections made it clear to the reviewers that she has learned a great deal in the Reading Specialist program.  She is truly an outstanding graduate student and we are proud to have her as an alumnus.

Outstanding Student- Mathematics Education

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i-t2qcb6x-LKristen Portalea is currently a math teacher at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, in her 6th year teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools. When she began, Kristen was even recognized as the Novice Teacher of the Year.

Kristen’s article and lesson plans about the “Mathematics of Driving” were recently published in the spring edition of the Banneker Banner. The lessons were designed to spark a high school student’s interest and make math more relatable, and covered topics including measuring the grade of a hill, the coefficient of friction between the road and tires of a car, the minimum stopping distance for a vehicle, and the speed at which a driver will lose control around a curve.

In her free time, Kristen is an outdoors enthusiast, who has backpacked over 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail!

Outstanding Student- Educational Leadership

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i-mzS4Z8D-L  Kaitlin Moore applied to Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and when she was interviewed by the program director on October 26, he noted, “Kaitlin is an exceptionally motivated educator who is more capable than most; she is quite articulate in expressing her passion as an educator.”  Some people are just that impressive when one meets them for the first time!

Kaitlin teaches at Hillcrest Elementary where she has been able to employ one of her academic passions, Spanish, to mold positive relationships with elementary school students whose first language is Spanish. Thanks largely to Kaitlin’s drive, Hillcrest – the elementary school with the highest percentage of Hispanic students in the state of Maryland – has ensured that such students are English proficient before they leave the school.

In fact, her methods are so effective that Kaitlin has hosted educators from Washington County, Montgomery County and the Maryland Department of Education in her classroom so they can adopt the Hillcrest Dual Language model of instruction, which Kaitlin developed.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Kaitlin has applied to and been accepted to the Johns Hopkins Doctoral Studies in Education program, where we have every faith that she will experience the same kind of success as she’s experienced here at Hood.

Outstanding Student- Management in Informaton Technology

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i-QcFk8rK-L  Larbi Bricha, a native of Morocco fluent in French, Arabic and English, is currently the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Data Management in the Hood Graduate School.  Larbi has been successfully applying his data management skills acquired in the MIT program in the Graduate School office.  In addition, he has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Computer Science department.  With his strong background in data analysis and approachable demeanor, Larbi has consistently been a leader among his peers, which also made him a natural teaching assistant to fellow students.   In and out of the classroom, Larbi’s command of data analytics and management techniques has made him the clear candidate for this year’s Outstanding MIT Student award.

Oustanding Student- Curriculum & Instruction

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i-WCCHhXK-L Amanda Magnanelli has been an educator with Frederick County Public
Schools for six years serving as a fifth grade teacher at Urbana Elementary
School.  As a prior recipient of the
Distinguished Teacher Candidate for the Maryland Association of Teacher
Educators, Amanda has maintained a passion for science and for inspiring
students of all backgrounds and abilities by incorporating innovative
techniques. She is a culturally proficient educator with a desire to foster
21st century learners. As a result of her teaching excellence, dedication and
outstanding classroom performance, she was a nominee for FCPS’s 2017 Teacher of
the Year.  Amanda’s action research
project was a model, and she consistently produced high-caliber work throughout
the whole capstone process

Outstanding Student- Information Technology

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i-Xp3pR9p-L Jeff Blake’s time at Hood College has been productive as he has tailored his educational needs to his future assignments within the U.S. Army.  Jeff enjoys tutoring his fellow students and encourages them to excel in areas of weakness.  In addition, Jeff served as an adjunct professor for the Hood ROTC program and volunteered his time on a regular basis as a teacher assistant within the Computer Science Suite.  Jeff’s current assignment is as the Information Integration officer for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command G6 Communications Division.  His performance in the IT program has been truly exemplary—he has continually been a leader among his peers—in and out of the classroom.

Outstanding Student- Computer Science

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i-H22VFMb-L As an undergraduate at Hood College, James Scott McLemore became interested in artificial intelligence.  He created a set of C++ algorithms for controlling an autonomous robot’s mobility and navigation, which ended up winning first place at the Virtual Manufacturing and Automation Challenge in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.   In the past few years, Scott focused on machine learning and information systems, which he put to use while working at Zeta Associates, Inc.

Outside of work and education, Scott is an avid gamer and enjoys hobbies utilizing logic and strategy. One such hobby is competing in tabletop war games where he has ranked in the top 10 in the United States.

Outstanding Student- Environmental Biology

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Curtis Rogeri-jpCrsC6-Ls is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Environmental Biology Student award.  While enrolled in Hood College’s ENV Master’s program, Curtis was given the opportunity to work on a USDA-APHIS grant analyzing the effects of insect growth regulators on a honeybee pest, the small hive beetle. He presented his findings at both the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America regional meeting, and at the National ESA meeting, as well as to a group of notable Korean visiting scientists.  As a direct result of his academic work at Hood, Curtis is employed by the USDA Bee Research Lab to assist in researching honeybee physiology, nutrition, and the various pests that continue to plague them.  He is working on preparing the findings of his thesis on small hive beetles for publication and hopes to get at least two journal articles out of the endeavor.