Sixteen initiated into education honor society

The members of Kappa Delta Pi.
Recent Kappa Delta Pi initiates take a moment to celebrate their achievement. They are, front, from left, Kassandra Carr, Aubrey Sloan, Stephanie Frick, Laney Reason, Holly Hunter, Brookelynn Boyd and Jordyn Prock. Back, from left, Karen Zimmerman, Robina Hamman, Marchelle Lock, Kerry Allen, Brooke Worcester, Aspen Burroughs, Megan Malone, Katie Schinnerer and Robert Perou.

Sixteen initiated into education honor society


Sixteen students 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.

“This is a time when teaching is under close scrutiny, and teachers, parents, students, and the public at large, recognize the presence of divisive issues in relation to education. In spite of these factors there are knowledgeable, hardworking, caring individuals who are willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of their students and our society. We recognize these future teachers and we owe them our sincere gratitude.”

Students initiated include senior history major Kerry Allen, of Tuttle; junior elementary education major Brookelynn Boyd, of Tuttle; junior deaf education major Aspen Burroughs, of Fort Gibson; junior elementary education major Kassandra Carr, of Tulsa; sophomore elementary education major Stephanie Frick, of Rush Springs; senior deaf education major Robina Hamman, of Seattle, Washington; junior deaf education major Holly Hunter, of Elgin; and senior history major Marchelle Lock, of Tuttle.

Also initiated were junior elementary education major Megan Malone, of Chickasha; senior vocal and instrumental major Robert Perou, of Elgin; junior elementary education major Jordyn Prock, of Purcell; sophomore early childhood major Laney Reason, of Lindsay; senior history major Aubrey Sloan, of Moore; senior elementary education major Katie Schinnerer, of Tuttle; junior deaf education major Brooke Worcester, of Oklahoma City; and senior early childhood major Karen Zimmerman, of Sterling.

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 eight hours of professional education credit earning either an A or B, 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 USAO Alumni Hall of Fame honoree Eugene Earsom, program director for the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education.

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.