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A Love of Teaching Inspires Support to McDaniel Students

Rachael Wentz Finds Gift Options to Meet Her Goals

Rachael Wentz ’62, her student Israel De La Cruz ’13 and President Roger Casey

Rachael Wentz '62, her student Israel De La Cruz '13 and President Roger Casey at last year's annual Scholarship Luncheon

Even though Rachael Wentz '62 retired from Carroll County Public Schools after 38 years of teaching French, she's still in the classroom, enthusiastically sharing her love of French language and culture with local community college students.

As an adjunct professor for a dozen years, her proven methods of language instruction also educated scores of graduate students at McDaniel, many of whom are now retired themselves. And she's quick to board buses as a tour guide and translator, leading trips to Montreal, Quebec City and other places in the United States.

"From a young age, I always wanted to be the teacher, even with childhood friends," Rachael says. "Western Maryland College/ McDaniel gave me a liberal arts education that I value-not only an interest in French and history." Courses in art and philosophy, for example, "opened my eyes and educated me as a person."

An only child and the first in her family to attend college, Rachael appreciates the faculty who guided her. French professor Kathryn Hildebran provided the link that helped Rachael attend summer school and earn her master's degree at Wake Forest University, and education professor Joseph Bailer got her a teaching position at Westminster High School. At the high school, Rachael received multiple nominations as Teacher of the Year and recognition through the local Chamber's annual outstanding teachers program. In 2009, she was named the outstanding adjunct lecturer at Carroll Community College.

Giving Back to McDaniel

Her love of teaching and dedication to quality education inspired Rachael to fund a named student scholarship that she supports through her annual giving. In addition, Rachael has established two charitable gift annuities that provide her with fixed, partially income tax-free payments for life; qualify her for a charitable income tax deduction; and will eventually roll into her scholarship fund when she no longer needs the income.

In addition, Rachael has remembered her scholarship to McDaniel's students in her will, endowing the scholarship so that students will receive support in perpetuity. She regularly attends the annual scholarship luncheons held on McDaniel's beautiful campus, where she enjoys meeting the students who benefit from her support. "I strongly feel that I should give something back to my alma mater that so drastically changed my life," she says.

Now living in a condo across the street from the College, Rachael can hear the alma mater chime from the campus chapel on a summer's eve. It reminds her, "We'll be ever loyal to thee, till we from life shall part."

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"Whether training for the triathlon or aiming for college, it takes hard work and dedication to hit the mark. But sometimes, hard work just isn’t enough. Generous scholarships gave us the boost we needed for college, and now we are paying it forward through annual donations and a planned gift to keep the momentum going for students today and tomorrow."

Find out more by emailing Lawrence "Chip" Junkin, M'15 or calling him at (410) 857-2256.


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