Terrapin Teachers Newsletter

September, 2014
Welcome to the first issue of the Terrapin Teachers Newsletter. The newsletter will provide regular updates about the program. Future issues will highlight, among other things, participating UMD faculty in the College of Education (COE) and the College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences (CMNS), staff, and students as well as public school teachers and students from our partners in the elementary and middle schools.
Inside This Issue
Terrapin Teachers Fall 2014 Launch
Terrapin Teachers is a new initiative in undergraduate secondary STEM teacher education here at Maryland supported by the National Mathematics and Science Initiative. It is an innovative, collaborative academic program that provides students with the opportunity to add teaching to the career options available to them while getting a subject-matter degree in their discipline of interest. Terrapin Teachers is geared toward attracting the best and brightest academically strong STEM students to a teaching career and increasing the number of highly-skilled secondary STEM teachers. Students in STEM fields will receive both a content degree and eligibility for teacher certification. This program prepares students to teach math and science effectively using inquiry and project-based instruction. One of the benefits of the Terrapin Teachers program is that undergraduates will experience the exciting career of teaching in the first course of the program, TLPL 101, Inquiry Approaches to Teaching.
TLPL 101, First Course Offering

The first course sequence, TLPL 101 is an exciting one - credit elective offered once per week in a 2-hour session. This course offers students an opportunity to experience teaching in elementary schools with a diverse student population. Instructional methods include classroom discussion, lesson demonstration, student reflection, collaborative learning groups, and peer coaching. Two TLPL sections are being offered in fall 2014. TLPL sections 0101 and 0201 will be held on Monday and Thursday from 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm, respectively. Each section will have a maximum of 20 students. A scholarship of $150.00 will be offered to students that complete the course with a “B” or better. UM Master teachers will conduct the courses, oversee the field experience of our students, and work with the mentor teachers in the elementary school classrooms. Two local elementary schools will be chosen as the locations for the field experiences. The Terrapin Teachers staff will work closely with the school system representatives to provide a rewarding experience for the mentor teachers, elementary schools, and UM students.

New Space
Terrapin Teachers is housed in the John S. Toll Physics Building. Spaces are designated as offices for the Associate Director, Master Teachers, a classroom and student lounge. Please stop by and visit us in room 1108!
Strategic recruitment efforts have targeted multiple avenues to ensure maximum enrollment, including: flyers in CMNS Orientation packets, announcing scholarship opportunity for the TLPL 101 course, sending emails to CMNS majors, and a presentation at the UM 2014 Advisors Conference.
New Hires

anishaAnisha M. Campbell, Associate Director

In 1991, Anisha received her Bachelor’s degree in biology at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. She earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in food microbiology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, in 1998. Anisha has more than sixteen years of experience in higher education. In 2008, while at Bowie State University, she became the principal investigator of a five-year, $12.4 million Math Science Partnership grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. As a result of the grant, Anisha developed two community outreach programs at the middle- and high school levels in collaboration with Prince George’s County Public Schools that focused on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.

cathyCatherine VanNetta, Master Teacher

Catherine VanNetta attended Towson University where she earned a B.S. in mathematics in 1988 and a M.Ed. in secondary education in 1994. In 2000, she earned a Ph.D. in mathematics curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland. Catherine taught six years in the Howard County Public School System at Mt. Hebron, Wilde Lake, and Oakland Mills High Schools. In addition, she taught for five years in the Ingenuity Project at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore City. Other experiences include two years teaching at a middle school, two years teaching at a community college, working on two NSF funded grants, supervision of secondary mathematics UM interns, and teaching in-service professional development courses. She is interested in teaching mathematics for understanding through effective classroom discourse and technology.

anitaAnita Sanyal Tudela, Master Teacher

Anita received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.Ed. in Science Education from UM; and Ph.D. in International Education Policy from UM. She is a former public school science teacher, so she has taught biology, earth science, and algebra at the secondary level. She has served in multiple capacities in supporting in-service and pre-service teachers by helping teachers develop curriculum and instructional modifications. She has led courses in science education at the elementary and secondary levels, and she has experience teaching courses in equity and diversity. Her experience at the higher education level includes teaching a course in Chile called Teaching Science Through Inquiry. Her diversity of experiences brings a broad view of the teaching experience that will be invaluable in supporting college students in considering teaching as a career.

Steering Committee

The steering committee will serve in a supervisory role to design and implement Terrapin Teachers. The productive working relationships will continue between COE and CMNS. As the program grows, the committee will broaden with rotating membership.


  • Arthur N. Popper, CMNS, co-director, apopper@umd.edu
  • Daniel I. Chazan, COE, co-director, dchazan@umd.edu
  • Kathleen Angeletti, Assistant Dean, COE, kangel@umd.edu
  • Joelle Presson, Assistant Dean, CMNS,jpresson@umd.edu
  • Anisha M. Campbell, Associate Director, amcamp10@umd.edu
  • Anita Sanyal-Tudela, Master Teacher, asanyal@umd.edu
  • Catherine VanNetta, Master Teacher, vannetta@umd.edu
Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee will meet to discuss program goals and offer advice and guidance.


  • Stacy Woychek, CMNS, Director of Freshman Services
  • Lawrence Clark, COE, Math Education
  • Jessica Bancroft, COE, Director, Recruitment and Admissions-Teacher Education
  • Lisa Bradley-Klemko, CMNS, Assistant Dean, Student Services
  • Janis Cornell-DeMoss, COE, Director, Student Services
  • Dan Levin, COE, Science Education
  • Dave Straney, CMNS, CBMG, Undergraduate Director, BISI representative
  • Tom Cohen, CMNS, Physics Undergraduate Director
  • Doron Levy, CMNS, Math Undergraduate Director
  • Michael Montague-Smith, CMNS, Chemistry Undergraduate Director
  • Evelyn Cooper, AGNR
Advisory Council
  • William (Brit) Kirwan, USM, Chair
  • Norman Augustine, NMSI
  • Jayanth Banavar, Dean, CMNS
  • Sylvester James Gates, III, Physics, PCAST, MD Board of Education
  • Nancy Grasmick, TSU, former Superintendent, MSDE
  • Alan Leshner, AAAS
  • Lillian Lowery, Superintendent, MSDE
  • Shirley Malcolm, AAAS
  • Mary Ann Rankin, UM, Provost
  • Donna Wiseman, Dean, COE
  • Shawn Joseph, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, PGCPS
  • Arthur N. Popper, ex officio
  • Daniel Chazan, ex officio

UTeach Site Visit
October 6-7, 2014

UTeach and NMSI staff will visit UM for an update on the progression of Terrapin Teachers.

University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA / Phone 301.405.0094

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