Morristown, N.J. (January 29, 2018) – Seventeen CSE students were inducted into the Alpha Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, on January 24, 2018 in Dolan Performance Hall.
Dr. Helen J. Strebuert, president of CSE, congratulated the inductees and welcomed the ceremony. Ashley Restaino, chapter counselor and field placement director, then summarized the history of Kappa Delta Pi.
"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," explained Restaino. "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 12 credits in education coursework at CSE. They must 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 alums and members of the KDP, Alicia Mitchko, '17, and Dr. Kimberly Moreno, '18, addressed the audience of students, families and friends.
Mitchko, an art teacher for the Hamilton Township School District, spoke about the importance of using humor, kindness and attentive listening when interacting with students.
"My smile has made me approachable," says Mitchko. "And to the students who need someone to approach, I hope to make a difference. For those students, I strongly support advice we all received here at CSE: talk to the students in need and actually listen."
Moreno, who is currently working for the New Jersey Department of Education as the Health Science Cluster Lead, shared her insights on a teacher's duty.
"My educational journey is one of service to others," noted Moreno. Quoting Benjamin Mays, she said, "Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive, and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done."
The students were inducted into the Society by taking the oath read by Laurie Ginn-Cuttino and Nicole Lang, co-presidents of the Alpha Alpha Mu Chapter. Restaino then led the future educators in the Society pledge. Each was given a certificate of membership and an honor cord to wear at commencement.
The four undergraduate and 13 graduate students inducted to Kappa Delta Pi are: