November 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Associate Director of Communication
Early Morning Fun with Math and CHC Education Majors
PHILADELPHIA — Peek into the library at Fort Washington Elementary School before school starts on Tuesdays and Thursdays and you will see 25 young students working with seven Chestnut Hill College education majors. The room is buzzing with excitement as the youngsters solve math problems and review math facts.
The children are learning that math is fun, thanks to the school’s principal, Mr. Shawn McAleer, a.k.a. Mr. Mac, and CHC juniors through a partnership between the schools known as AM Academy. Fort Washington Elementary teachers have been mentoring CHC students for about five years. The teacher candidates are trained to assist in the classroom in a variety of ways and are prepared to support classroom instruction and student learning.
Mr. Mac reinstated AM Academy during the summer and contacted Kathy Gibson, retired Fort Washington teacher who currently works at CHC in the Office of Field Placement.
“Chestnut Hill College has been thrilled with this partnership,” says Gibson. “Our students have an opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers and are learning from the best.
Teachers, students and parents are enthusiastic about the program, which will end for the semester on December 5 and resume after the college’s winter break, in late January 2018.
CHC juniors, members of the AM Academy, practice games that promote math skills. From left — Kim Croy, Kevin Clancy, Kaitlin Iavecchia, Emma Mull, Maureen O’Malley, Laura Hibbert and Maddie Birdlebough.
Photo by Brenda Lange