Writing Committee

The individual members of the Writing Committee, all seasoned teachers with experience using a wide variety of textbooks and teaching methods, begin writing the exams each spring. By the middle of August the members, meeting together as a committee, begin the difficult task of reviewing each exam with respect to the level of difficulty, content, and accuracy. After several revisions, the exams are sent to the consultants for their in-depth critiques. Acting upon their suggestions, the committee makes further changes. After a final review, proofing, and fine-tuning, the exams are printed and sent to the schools.

It usually takes the committee twelve to fifteen sessions averaging three to four hours each to complete the work associated with the exams. In addition to the general working sessions, each committee member spends hours taking care of specific tasks such as answering correspondence, word processing, record keeping, publicizing the exam, and writing newsletter articles.

Mark Keith, Co-Chair, Riverbend HS, Fredericksburg, VA

Patty Lister, Co-Chair, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology,  Alexandria, VA

Joe Davenport, Norwell MS, Norwell, MA

Donna Dollings, retired, Midlothian, VA

Deb Heaton, retired, Lexington, MA

Ian Hochberg, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Betty Merrill, Treasurer, retired, Fredericksburg, VA

Sue Robertson, retired, Midlothian, VA

Lauren Rogers, Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, NC

Jane Hall, emerita, White Stone, VA

Linda Montross, emerita, Heathsville, VA

Office Staff

Janine Kuty, Office Manager, Fredericksburg, VA

Ellen Smith, Administrative Assistant/Data Entry Specialist, Fredericksburg, VA

Sophie Cooper, Student Aide, Fredericksburg, VA


Every fall the Writing/Steering Committee sends drafts of the seven exams to the consultants who are current high school teachers, college professors, or former educators. These consultants are split into two groups, the first group receiving the exams around mid-September and the second group in mid-October. David Perry, our macron specialist, adds the macrons to all the Latin words on the exams. The consultants carefully critique every question on each of the exams, offer suggestions for improvement, and return their comments to the Writing/Steering Committee within a week’s time. Their ideas and contributions are invaluable in the process of preparing the exams for distribution to national and international Latin students.

Marty Abbott, Standards, Alexandria, VA

Michael Bales, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David Bloch, Washington, DC

Cindy Caltagirone, Web Page Consultant, Charleston, SC

Sally Davis, Arlington, VA

Amy Elifrits, West Chester, OH

Liz Heimbach, Port Royal, VA

Rick LaFleur, Arnoldsville, GA

Keely Lake, Hot Springs, SD

Amy Leonard, Decatur, GA

Linda Montross, Heathsville, VA

David Pellegrino, Webster, NY

David Perry, Rye, NY

Wallace Ragan, Washington, DC

Scholarship Committee

The NLE Scholarship committee is composed of seven readers: three college professors and three high school teachers plus the Chair. Only two professors and two high school teachers serve as readers each year. The applications are read several times prior to the selection of the twenty-one scholarship winners and five alternates. The first screening is done by the Chair. A second screening is then done to determine which applications will be sent to the readers. Approximately ninety applications are sent to the readers for a third reading. Each reader selects his top thirty-five applications and returns these selections to the chair. At this time, the committee members’ choices are collated, and the winners are chosen. The names of the Scholars are announced at The American Classical League Institute late in June.

Ephy Howard, Chair, Troy. AL

Sarah Bjorkman, Arlington, MA

Randall Childree, Greenville, SC

Temple Eller, Greensboro, NC

Bob Simmons, Monmouth, IL

Michael Sloan, Winston-Salem, NC

Sandra Woodward, Salt Lake City, UT

Linda Sharrard Montross New Latin Educators Scholarships

Margaret Hicks, Co-Chair, Chesterfield, VA

Sue Robertson, Co-Chair, Midlothian, VA

Kristen Bortner, Fairfax Station, VA

John Chu, San Antonio, TX

Mark Keith, ex officio, Fredericksburg, VA

David Volk, Moorhead, MN

Ben Watson, Norman, OK

Advisory Committee

The members of the NLE Advisory Committee represent the various geographic areas of the country, from both public and private middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Their job is to listen to suggestions that teachers around the country may have regarding the exams. When the Advisory Committee meets with the Writing Committee at the ACL Institute each June, these suggestions are presented and discussed. Please contact any of these members with your comments, suggestions, questions, or concerns about the National Latin Exam. This is a very important way in which your ideas can receive attention.

Caroline Kelly, Chair, Charlotte, NC

Kelly Kusch, Cincinnati, OH

Amy Rosevear, Englewood, CO

Brad Savage, Chicago, IL

Brian Warren, Winston-Salem, NC

Kristin Webster, Potomac, MD