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ULM students honored by national organization

Published February 26, 2014

University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Education alumni Anthony Trombatore of Monroe and Kendra Slover of Vidalia, were recently recognized by the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC). The NAAC is a professional organization which advocates for standards-driven nontraditional educator preparation.

The organization awarded Slover with one of three NAAC conference scholarships. Additionally, Trombatore received an honorable mention award. Slover and Trombatore were nominated based on recommendations from their ULM supervisor mentors, Dr. Valerie Fields and Polly Dupuy of ULM curriculum and instruction.


Tiffany Jackson, professional development coordinator for the TEACH project—ULM’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program—said the awards are indicative of the academic work being completed by M.A.T students.

“This is a testament to our program’s curriculum, structure and induction, support model, and the wonderful mentors that support our interns in the field,” said Jackson.

Slover and Trombatore will be recognized at the annual NAAC conference held in Orlando, Fla., in March. The two will also be featured in the organization’s national newsletter, and on its website.

Trombatore earned a Bachelor of General Studies from ULM in 2007, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from ULM in 2013.

Slover earned a Bachelor of General Studies from ULM in 2012, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.

About TEACH:

TEACH is a grant-funded project designed to assist eligible participants in ULM’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) program. TEACH is a federal Transition to Teaching project.

The mission of TEACH is to increase the supply of highly-qualified, fully-certified teachers in high needs or high-poverty school systems in Louisiana. Thus, the goal is also accomplished through an alternative certification program that is university-based and offered in partnership with area high-needs school system.

TEACH participants become fully-certified in Louisiana by completing a Master’s of Arts in Teaching at ULM.

For more information on ULM TEACH, visit https://www.ulm.edu/teach/