University of Delaware Secondary Education


UD Secondary Education Majors Recognized as Meritorious New Teachers in 2006

In 2004, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia joined efforts to create a new category to recognize high-achieving graduating seniors who were education majors. The Meritorious New Teacher Precandidate designation provides a high-speed lane into K-12 classrooms. During the spring hiring season, these future teachers’ names, contact information and preferences were being sent to every school district in the region. Precandidates also received an honorary certificate to use as they sought positions in any of the four MARTP jurisdictions. Exemplary teachers in training who are about to enter the job market can apply for the Precandidate designation online (, with their qualifications verified online by their campus, and their information available instantly to school districts.

“The online application makes the application process quick, easy, and stress-free! It only took about 15 minutes to complete, and the immediate feedback that the web site provides is encouraging,” said Tiffany Koontz, an MNTC Precandidate from the University of Delaware. Doing so can mean significant savings. Tiffany’s classmate Erin Sullivan paid for multiple states’ unique licensure exams at $70 to $130 each. “This new designation would have saved me dollars, time, and stress, and replaced them with a sense of being valued for having worked hard to prepare for an important career.”

To qualify, graduating candidates must be in the top quartile in the nation on several measures that correlate with effective teaching, including verbal skills and mastery of their subject matter, and must complete with distinction their state-approved preparation program and 400 hours of supervised clinical experience. Recognizing that MNTC criteria exceed their usual licensing requirements, participating jurisdictions will grant full licensure to MNTCs from other states in a move similar to that offered to experienced teachers who are awarded National Board Certification.

University of Delaware’s 2005 – 2006 Meritorious New Teacher Recognition Candidates

Christine Amandola (History Education) May 2006
3 Farmingdale Lane
Newark, DE 19711

Emily Bullock (French Education) May 2006
101 Springmill Dr.
Middletown, DE 19707

Bruce Fox (History Education) May 2006
621 Pine Street
Emmaus, PA 18049

Charlene Kemmerle (Chemistry Education) May 2006
21 Ironwood Circle
Dover, DE 19904

Kristen MacGorman (English Education) May 2006
94 Mountain View Road
Warren, NJ 07059

Michael McKain (History Education/Political Science) May 2006
4793 Irish Hill Road
Magnolia, DE 19962-1412

Daniel Pratt (History Education) May 2006
c/o Mary Alice Cross
405 Santillo Way
Downingtown, PA 19335

Amy Samperisi (English Education) May 2006
453 North Fulton Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Julia Thompson (English Education) May 2006
5461 Pond Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Laura Wieland (History Education) May 2006
6312 White Cedar Court
Eldersburg, MD 21784