John C. George
Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education
Office: Tatem Arts Building, Room 8
Office Hours: Monday: 3-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
- Ed.D., American University
- M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University
- B.S.F.S., Georgetown University
- EDUC 204 Foundations of Education
- EDUC 330 Social Studies Curriculum
- EDUC 449 Teaching Internship in Elementary Special Education
- EDUC 459 Teaching Internship in Kindergarten and Primary Grades
- EDUC 460 Professional Development Seminar
- EDUC 582 Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society
- EDUC 599 Talents Unlimited in the Classroom
I grew up on a sheep farm in an 18th century fieldstone house just 13 miles east of Hood College and attended local schools, graduating from Frederick High in 1964. My life's ambition is to live and work in Frederick County. For 33 years I have served in Frederick County Public Schools as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, and central office curriculum specialist in elementary mathematics (grades 1 - 6) and then social studies (grades 1 - 8) in a system of 40,000 students. In 1982 I founded the High School Academic Tournament (for Frederick County) which holds its finalist competition each March. In 1988 I attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt on a Fulbright Scholarship. For over 30 years I have coordinated annual charity drives, having served as director and president of the United Way of Frederick County and volunteering at Hood.
I first taught at Hood as an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in January, 1985, continuing every semester - including summers- until I retired from the school system and joined the Education Department full-time in 2002 - which I have chaired from 2004 to 2010. I am a member of Hood's Ionic Society, Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society), and Treasurer for Phi Kappa Phi (Academic Honor Society).
One of the major achievements of the Education Department has been to attain accreditation by NCATE (a national organization for Institutions of Higher Education offering intial teacher certifcation programs) in conjunction with reaccreditation by the Maryland State Department of Education. The Department observes its 100th year at Hood College when secondary education pedagogy courses were first introduced in 1909. The Onica Prall Child Dvelopment Lab School, one of less than 70 still in operation in America, now celebrates its 80th year serving teacher candidates working with 3 and 4 year-olds. The Lab School is fully licensed by the Office of Child Development with MSDE.
My passions include horseback riding, attending the opera, and international travel: recently I have been selected to travel with the Council for International Education Exchange on four occasions to Turkey, Southeastern China, the Silk Road, and Bahia (Brazil).
Research and Teaching Interests
Research interests include the impact of multiple intelligences on academic achievement and the history of public education in Frederick County, Maryland. As a member of the Torch Club of Frederick (for active and retired professionals) I make annual presentations on topics alternating between 12th century mystic poets and butterflies.