The Spring 2013 Habitat team embarked on an adventure completely different from their previous trips. This year was fraught with challenges from the beginning, when the team learned that they would not be able to build in Columbus, GA as they have in past years and would have to find somewhere new. After months of planning, the officers found a place for the team in Albany, GA. Habitat for Humanity International graciously opened up some of their housing in Americus, GA. The team worked in Albany for four days alongside other groups from Juniata College and Ashland University. The three schools formed bonds as they worked on two handicap-accessible homes. The WAC team traveled back to Columbus on Thursday night to work with Columbus Area Habitat for a day, finishing homes that they had worked on during the Spring 2012 trip. Before returning home, the group was finally able to attend their first dedication ceremony for the home of Albert and Patricia Hartman, whose home the team worked on in Spring 2012.
Framed by the liberal arts philosophy and approach to undergraduate education, Washington College’s Education Department enjoys a rich tradition of preparing students for teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. Graduates of the “Ed Block,” a rigorous immersion program of theoretical, philosophical, and methodological coursework, fieldwork, “Academy” teaching simulations with video analysis, and a 100-day internship teaching in a Maryland Professional Development School, go on to do meaningful, award-winning work as teaching faculty, administrative leaders, policy advocates, curriculum specialists, academic researchers, and museum educators. The following galleries highlight some of the unique opportunities recently realized by Secondary Education students engaged in the program.
Playfair took place in the JFC due to the impending storm outside, and those participating included first-year and international students who remained on campus, while others returned home in preparation for Hurricane Irene.