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School of Education Students Honored as Teachers of Promise

April 25, 2013

Seven young women from NDMU’s School of Education have been selected to participate in the Seventh Annual Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute. An outgrowth of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, a program of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Teacher of the Year Program, Teachers of Promise encourages promising education students to teach in Maryland and provides professional mentors to assist in the transition from student to first year teacher.

Notre Dame School of Education students participating in the program include Sarah Hackman, ESOL (MAT); Ariel Carter, Elementary and Early Childhood Education (WOM); Virginia Coco, Elementary and Special Education (GEI); Andrea Cusimano, Elementary Education (CAUS); Jennifer Smelter, Elementary Education (CAUS); Seajin Yoon, Art (MAT) and Kerri Mermagen, Elementary and Early Childhood Education (MAT).

The program matches Teachers of the Year and other award-winning educators with promising pre-service seniors from Maryland colleges and universities. These are students that demonstrate high academic achievement and teaching skills as evidenced by their grades and student teaching. Mentors and protégés work together online during the spring and summer transition period until the new teachers are placed in their schools.