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Premier Class Graduates from MAT Program

On May 16, 2009, eighteen candidates were graduated from the first cohort of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Thomas More College. This alternative certification program was approved on March 19, 2007 to provide a course of studies leading to teaching certification for qualified candidates already holding degrees in disciplines other than education. The program offers concentrations in both Middle Grades and Secondary content areas.

Of the eighteen who are graduating, twelve have jobs teaching in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Area, and five are completing their student teaching this spring. It is an honor and pleasure to present the members of the premier Class of 2009:

  • Clinton Bell (Secondary Social Studies)
  • Megan Boimann-Hennies (Secondary Social Studies)
  • Jason Burgess (K-12 Theatre)
  • Kelly Everett (Middle Grades English)
  • Erin Gilday (Middle Grades Science)
  • Joseph Hibbett (Secondary English)
  • Crystal High (Secondary Chemistry/Physics)
  • Susan Howard (Middle Grades English)
  • Sheri Mann (K-12 Art)
  • Beau Menefee (P-12 Theatre)
  • Jay Minser (Middle Grades Math)
  • Ellen Otte (Middle Grades English)
  • Sarah Patton (Secondary Social Studies)
  • Darren Renner (Middle Grades Social Studies)
  • Bethany Taylor (P-12 Art)
  • Sue Rodish (5-12 Business and Marketing)
  • Samantha Smith (Secondary Social Studies)
  • Amanda Volpenhein (P-12 Theatre)

The MAT Program honors the following candidates for achievement as shown:

MAT Program Academic Excellence Award - Awarded to Megan Boimann-Hennies and Sheri Mann for maintaining a 4.0 GPA as well as receiving a rating of Excellent on their PRAXIS (Megan) or PLT (Sheri) exam.

MAT Academic Achievement Award - Awarded to Clinton Bell for receiving a rating of Excellent on his PLT exam, and to Jason Burgess, Kelly Everett, Erin Gilday, Joseph Hibbett, and Ellen Otte for maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout the program.;

Who's Who Among Graduate Students in American Colleges and Universities - Awarded to Sheri Mann and Jay Minser for exceptional leadership, community service projects, academic standing, and exceeding established requirements.

Outstanding MAT Student Award - Criteria for this award are set by the MAT candidates who, along with MAT faculty, nominate candidates. Once the nominations are received, MAT faculty select the recipient. In addition to demonstrating leadership, collegiality, the ability to remain focused, and serving as a team player, the recipient of this award is someone who strives for excellence as a person, colleague, teacher, and friend. The recipient for the premier class is Kelly Everett.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is an important addition to the Education Department at Thomas More College. The Education and MAT faculty and staff extend our best wishes to each of the candidates in the premier class and are confident that you will be successful teachers as long as you choose to teach.

For information about the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, please call 859.344.3404 or 859.344.3338, or e-mail either or