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Montegomery family

Dr. Zak Montgomery, Dr. Sarah Rupp Montgomery and their children Xavier, 3, and Lucy, 3 months.  Sarah, K ’02, and Zak, K ’02, have just published an article about a collaborative service-learning course they taught and assessed together at their respective institutions of higher education.  Zak is Assistant Professor of Spanish in Wartburg’ College’s Department of English and Modern Languages, and Sarah, also an Assistant Professor, teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Northern Iowa.

Zak Montgomery ’02, M.A., Ph.D., and Sarah (Rupp) Montgomery ’02, M.Ed., Ph.D., are co-authors of “Reconsidering the American Dream and U.S. Latino Culture in a College Spanish Service-Learning Course,” published in The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education (Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014). The JCEHE is an on-line, refereed journal concerned with exploring community engagement and community-based learning perspective, research, and practice.

The Montgomery’s paper (co-authored with four colleagues) describes a 14-week study of a community-based service-learning partnership between an upper-level course Spanish about Latinos in the United States at a small liberal arts college and a racially- and linguistically-diverse class of sixth graders, including many Latinos, at a local public school.

Sarah and Zak were deeply involved in service-learning and civic engagement at K.  Zak was the CCE’s first Civic Engagement Scholar, for a program that paired K students with Spanish-speaking high school students at Kalamazoo Central. Sarah worked at Woodward, throughout her time at K, and was the first “co-organizer” of the Co-authorship Project, a key element of Developmental Psychology (Psych 210), in which K students learn about child development by co-writing a book with a Woodward student.

For more about their research, see Zak Montgomery Finalist NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College.