After more than six weeks of Basic Cadet Training, Kimberly Kinkade was officially accepted into the Cadet Wing at the United States Air Force Academy, earning cadet status. We are so proud of her grit and determination and wish her much success as she embarks on this great adventure in service to our country.
OLMA Alumna Promoted to Brigadier General and Named Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Congratulations to Jennifer Hammerstedt, OLMA Class of 1991. You are incredible and continue to make us proud! Thank you for your leadership and service!
Outstanding OLMA alumnae are everywhere we look. Today’s kudos go to Jennifer Trallo Schreiber, a member OLMA’s Class of 1994. This leading healthcare professional holds a BSN from NYU and a Dual Masters from Wilmington University. Never one to rest on her laurels, Jennifer recently applied to Harvard University’s Safety, Quality, Information and Leadership, HMS postgraduate certificate program. She was accepted and recently notified of her selection as one of only three students to deliver her capstone project to Harvard healthcare professionals and educators. Jennifer currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Quality and Information at Acuity Healthcare. Congratulations Jennifer, and thank you for your extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have no doubt that even greater achievements are ahead of you.
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Congratulations to OLMA alumna, Alina Colon, on her new role as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies Ball Girl Team! “I’ve realized throughout my many years of work in this area that children need positive role models,” said Alina. “I strive to be that role model in everything I do, whether it be work-related or on any other occasion. I could not be more thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue my service.” Alina sent a note of thanks to OLMA for giving her the confidence she needed to make it through the selection process and secure this job. We are so proud of you, Alina, and can’t wait to see you out on the field!
Mrs. Susan Cavagnaro, alumna, teacher, and alumnae parent has seen a thing or two in her more than 30 years at OLMA, but she never thought she would be teaching entirely from home. “This is something I never expected, but as a teacher, I’ve learned to adapt to anything,” she said. “It’s what we do. Every class is different, so we never teach the same thing the same way. We learn to be flexible and to teach in whatever way best meets the needs of our students. Right now, that’s online. While it is a challenge and a lot of work, it’s also kind of fun.”
Mrs. C teaches five different online courses, including College Prep and Honors U.S. History, AP U.S. History, Sociology, and World Civilization. “I have years of resources at my fingertips in the classroom. I’ve had to replace and recreate much of that using new online resources and changing up my approach to the material.” Mrs. C explained that she recently had her World Civilization class take a virtual tour of Palestine as part of a lesson on promise and betrayal throughout the world. “I’m also using more modern-day examples with my Sociology students, like having them analyze forms of crime by watching certain episodes of TV shows like Criminal Minds. It is taking me much longer to prep for classes but that’s fine with me as long as my students are getting what they need and understanding the material.”
Mrs. C said that while she is only scheduled for live sessions twice a week for each of her classes, she is finding herself on Zoom much more often. “The girls prefer the face-to-face interaction,” she said. “If that’s what works, then that’s what I will do. It’s going very well.”
Of particular challenge for Mrs. C right now, is preparing her students for changes in this year’s AP testing. “The format has changed from a three-hour test with mostly multiple-choice questions to one that’s 45-minutes long and essay-based,” she said. “Fortunately, the College Board is providing lots of good resources for teachers. I’m spending a lot of time digesting that to make sure I’m giving my students every advantage.”
Of course, that’s Mrs. C. Thank you, Mrs. C, for sharing your experience, professionalism, and passion for teaching with all of us at OLMA.
An OLMA alumna shoutout goes to Meaghan Baker, Class of 2018! This young woman is making her mark at Loyola University and in the Baltimore community. Meaghan was recognized by Loyola’s president and staff for her contributions and commitment to service. Meaghan carved out a few hours every week last year to host and mentor underprivileged adolescents in the greater Baltimore community. Way to go, Meaghan. We are proud of you!