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South High grad has teaching career in her sights

August 24, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- When she's finished with her schooling, Chelsea Bock wants to return to her roots by teaching at a community college.

After graduating from South Hagerstown High School in 2005, Bock attended Hagerstown Community College for a year before transferring to Hood College, where she earned a degree in English and communication arts.

This week, she starts a master's program at Hood. After the two-year program, she hopes to get a job teaching English at a community college.

"I like the mix of students that are really academically prepared ... and adult students," said Bock, 22, who teaches clarinet lessons through HCC.

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For now, she is working part time as development director at Grace Academy in Hagerstown.

She described her job as behind-the-scenes work -- coordinating events, putting together calendars and other materials, and working on fundraisers.

"I love being at Grace right now. I love being in a school," she said.

Bock said her job there developed out of an internship last summer. In her last semester of college, she interned with the Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff's Office.

While there, she wrote an article for Maryland Sheriff magazine, wrote press releases and went on a ride-along with an officer, Bock said.

She also assisted with a press conference held after a Middletown, Md., shooting in which a man killed his wife and three children before killing himself.

Her love of education probably will guide her to teaching, Bock said. Both of her parents have worked as college advisers, so she grew up in an educational setting.

She also loves books, and "English has always been really important to me," Bock said.

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