Morristown, N.J. (January 21, 2016) – Alpha Alpha Mu, the College of Saint Elizabeth chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, inducted 34 undergraduate and graduate students on January 20, 2016, in the Dolan Performance Hall.
Dr. Helen Streubert welcomed the assembly with a congratulatory note to all present.
"Kappa Delta Pi stands for Knowledge, Duty and Power," she explained. "Teachers have knowledge not just in content but in pedagogy. They have a duty to share their knowledge and inspire their students to be all they can be. And they have the power to give knowledge that will change the world through their students."
Kappa Delta Pi, also known as KDP, was founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Through its programs, services, and products, KDP supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout all phases and levels of their teaching careers. The Society hosts more than 600 chapters internationally. The College of Saint Elizabeth founded their Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter in 2001, and since then, have inducted over 500 undergraduate and graduate education students.
Undergraduate and graduate education students are eligible for membership only if they have earned more than twelve credits in education coursework at CSE, hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater, have been recommended and approved by CSE's education department, and intend on pursuing education as a profession.
Two CSE graduates and members of the KDP, Nicole Francis '15 and Chanie Annette Peterson Ed.D. '14, spoke to the audience of students, families, and friends. Francis is the head preschool teacher at Mikes Tikes Preschool and Childcare Center in Columbia, N.J. Peterson is the principal at Paterson Elementary School 21 in Paterson, N.J.
Francis addressed the future teachers with real-life stories of the obstacles and rewards of teaching, when the little moments make up for any frustrations in the profession.
"Teaching is more than ABCs," she offered. "Jump into the classroom and put your heart into it."
Peterson spoke about her time in the classroom as an English teacher and meeting her students years later.
"They credited me for inspiring them with my enthusiasm," she noted. Quoting Oseola McCarty, she said, "If you want to be proud of yourself, you have got to do things you can be proud of."
The students were inducted into the Society by taking the oath read by Alexandra Budd '16, and Lauren Geleailen '16, co-presidents of the Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter, and assisted by Donna Manno '17, secretary and treasurer of the chapter. Ashley Haimson, chapter counselor and director of field placement and certification, led the future educators in the Society pledge. Each was given a certificate of membership and an honor cord to wear at commencement.
The newest CSE members of Kappa Delta Pi are: