Twelve initiated into USAO education honor society
Twelve students at the University of Science and Arts were initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.
“We are very proud of these initiates,” said Dr. Jeanne Mather, sponsor of the group and professor of education at USAO.
“Each has excelled in college, understands the importance of being a lifelong learner and is expected to be an outstanding educator who will truly make a difference in his or her students’ lives. Each has accepted the philosophy of teaching students through an interdisciplinary approach and emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.”
Students initiated include deaf education senior Jacob Alexander, of Yukon; Regina Baker, a post-baccalaureate elementary education major from Alex; Tuttle native Kylie Clark, a sophomore studying early childhood and elementary education; elementary education senior Crystal Carroll, of Dibble; Chickasha resident Ashlee Cox, a sophomore studying early childhood education and Aubrey Dorman, an elementary education senior from Lindsay.
Also initiated were Melanie Hiatt, an elementary education senior from Chickasha; sophomore Alexandria Neighbors, a Tuttle native studying early childhood education; Lawton resident Jim Nguyen doing post-baccalaureate studies in mathematics; an elementary education senior Amanda Russell, of Newcastle; April Self, an art senior from Chickasha; and senior elementary education major Rachel Sharpe, of Tulsa.
To be eligible for membership, a student must exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, desire to help others and promise in the teaching and allied professions. In particular, students must have completed 30 credit hours of college work, including at least nine hours of professional education credit, be admitted into the teacher education program and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
The guest speaker at the initiation ceremony was Kevin Sims, superintendent for the Minco school system, who spoke on “What is Right with Our Public Schools.”
Sharing stories with the attendees about hard working teachers who have stepped up to meet the academic, emotional and survival needs of student, Sims emphasized that the good taking place in the classroom outweighs the negative things that are often highlighted by sensationalist stories in the media.
Dr. William Bagley founded Kappa Delta Pi in 1911 at the University of Illinois. The organization was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty and power.
Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising of 582 chapters and more than 45,000 members.
Local members are involved with many community activities including Books For Tots — which provides books for needy children during the Christmas season.