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As superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District and adjunct professor in Moravian’s graduate education program, Michael Roth ’92 strives to be a strong mentor for the students in his district, a skill he first learned at Moravian College.
When Roth was weighing his college options, Moravian faculty members took time out to discuss their programs and Roth’s options as a prospective student. “I was impressed that they made time to meet with an 18-year-old high school senior. That made my decision to attend Moravian simple,” recalls Roth, who majored in history and later earned a social studies education certification. “I found that support in all my classes. The history department was a family; they were supportive, upbeat, positive, and sincere. The education department was so professional and focused on developing a positive learning experience. I found it impossible not to become a teacher and attempt to emulate the qualities they instill in their students.”
Roth also found a training ground in the Arena Theater and role model in Jack Ramsey, former director of the Moravian College Theater Company. A veteran of over 20 MCTC productions, Roth met his wife, Jennifer Meyer Roth ’95 when the two were cast as Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. The friendships he made continue today.
“Dr. Ramsey was skilled at bringing together people with various talents to create a first-class product,” Roth says. “I strive to achieve this in my job every day. We still make a trek to Delaware every year to visit friends who were participants in the theater program and have since left the Lehigh Valley.”
Roth’s Moravian experience was just as much about the people he met along the way as it was about books. “I encounter and work with Moravian graduates on a daily basis. It does not matter if you were Class of ’72 or Class of ’92, there is a deep sense of commitment and connection that is evident whenever I talk to a Moravian graduate,” he says.
"The history department was a family; they were supportive, upbeat, positive, and sincere. The education department was so professional and focused on developing a positive learning experience."