In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.
Dr. Frances (Fran) Spielhagen, Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development
Title: Professor of Education and Director of the the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)
Campus involvement: CARD, Teach the Change, Teacher Opportunity Corps
Years at the Mount: 16
Division: Division of Education
Favorite spot on campus: Lobby in Hudson Hall and the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary
One word to describe the Mount: Nurturing
People are often surprised to learn that Dr. Frances Spielhagen has “only” been at the Mount for 16 years, as the work that she has done for and with the Mount community has quickly made her a pillar of the institution.
After working as a public high school teacher in New York and New Jersey for 30 years, Dr. Spielhagen earned a doctoral degree in teacher education and knew right away that she wanted to become part of the faculty at the Mount. She had known about the Mount for some time and had even helped some of her high school students get admitted to the college. “I was always impressed with how smoothly my students made the transition to this college, and once I joined the faculty, I understood why,” she explained. “We care about our students as individuals here! We are passionate about our work and sharing our knowledge, but the bottom line is that the individual students are our focus, and they know that.”
She prides herself on knowing not just about her students’ learning styles and career goals, but also who they are as individuals outside of class. “This helps me understand who they are and how I can best help them grow into the people they are meant to be,” she explained. Continue Reading