Graduate Alumni Success Stories


Sabrina Worrell M.S. '99, M.S. '03, a reading specialist at St. Peter School in Montgomery County, Md., was recognized as a top teacher in the Washington, D.C., area with a 2013 Golden Apple Award. Worrell and nine other teachers received a $5,000 prize, along with a golden apple, pin and certificate, from the Archdiocese of Washington at a ceremony in May.


Named 2011 National Teacher by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony in May of 2011, Michelle Meredith Shearer M.S. ’96 knows that chemistry is everywhere, and believes that chemistry is for everybody. It is a philosophy that not only empowers her teaching – whether at the Maryland School for the Deaf or Urbana High School in Frederick County – but also helped her students from all backgrounds and abilities see themselves as scientists and gain recognition of this master teacher at the highest level.


Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen H. Guthrie M.S. ’84 began his career as a classroom social studies teacher in California and Pennsylvania before joining the Carroll County public school system. Maryland Govs. Robert Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley appointed Guthrie, 2011 recipient of McDaniel’s prestigious Joseph R. Bailer Award, to the Professional Standards in Teacher Education Board, on which he served for six years in addition to his work with countless task forces and committees and speaking engagements across the state and country.


Lia Snow ’10, M.S.’12 decided to continue the work she began during her graduate internship as a Community Living Manager with Target community & Educational Services, Inc. Now Community Living Director, Snow is dedicated to providing a safe and high quality of life for children and adults with disabilities at the community-based residential Target, Inc. and assisting them to be active participants in the community and to live as independently as possible.


McDaniel alumnus and lecturer David Martin M.S. ’97 became the second graduate of the Deaf Education program – the first was National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer – to be recognized as a top teacher when he was named Teacher of the Year by the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association (ASLTA). In fact Martin, assistant professor and program manager of ASL Studies at Frederick Community College and an instructor and adjunct lecturer at McDaniel since 2000, took two classes with Shearer and shares her passion for teaching while dedicating himself to raising the bar in ASL awareness and instruction.


Ling-En (Flora) Kang M.S. ’12 has returned to her hometown of Taichung City in Taiwan to teach English after earning her master’s in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While here, she taught Chinese and shared her love and knowledge of learning another language with undergrads both in the classroom and through Asian Community Coalition campus-wide events and dinners, which highlighted various Asian cultures. She studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chung-Cheng University and completed a training program for teachers of Chinese at Ohio State University before coming to McDaniel.


The Writing for Children and Young Adults (WCYA) certificate program saw its first graduate in the spring of 2012 – although months earlier Cynthia Hawthorne of San Diego, Calif., also was the first to publish a work related to the online WCYA program in a publication called Abe's Peanut, a micro magazine for children.


Dale L. Schaeberle M.S. ’60 distinguished himself as a career educator for 38 years, including 23 years as a highly respected and successful school district superintendent in south-central Pennsylvania’s South Western School District. Recipient of the college’s Joseph R. Bailer Award for his significant contribution to the field of education. Schaeberle also served the college as a successful adjunct instructor and supervisor of administrative interns. He began his career in education in an elementary classroom in York City School District in 1955.


Patricia Love M.S. ’90 and Kirsten Love Biden ’03, M.S. ’08, a mother-daughter team of graduates of McDaniel’s Reading Specialist program, have made quite an impact on elementary school children in Carroll County. Mom Patricia is a Carroll County Public School Reading Specialist at Cranberry Station Elementary and recent winner of the Maryland Distinguished Reading Program Award from the State of Maryland International Reading Association. Daughter Kirsten, who also has a B.A. from McDaniel, serves as Carroll County Public School English Language Arts Specialist at William Winchester Elementary.  Both serve as adjunct lecturers in McDaniel’s reading program, and Kirsten has worked with Education associate professor Sharon Craig, another McDaniel grad, in the development and implementation of writing courses and is a mentor for the summer reading clinic.