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Outstanding undergraduates inducted into Kappa Delta Pi

Jason Kamras, 2005 National Teacher of the Year, tells inductees to work for equity in education

Kappa Delta Pi, the 90-year-old international honor society for outstanding undergraduate students in education, welcomed 20 new initiates on April 25, 2006. The featured speaker at the initiation was Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year.

A mathematics teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, D.C., for the past eight years, Kamras believes that “the failure to provide universal excellent education to all students is the greatest social injustice facing America today.”

“I do believe that we as a country have the capacity to make this right,” he said.

Relating stories about his own students, Kamras emphasized that teachers need to help their students develop a vision of achieving academic and personal excellence, then find a pathway toward that vision. He believes that teachers must provide all children with high expectations, a nurturing environment and a focus that continually takes them beyond their immediate world.

Kamras has worked to raise mathematics achievement among the students at his school by redesigning the mathematics curriculum, emphasizing technology and providing a real-world context for instruction and teaching to all learning styles.

He also co-founded a program through which students learn to use digital cameras and editing software to create photo essays about their lives and their communities. He has received approximately $65,000 in grants over the last four years for this program.

Kamras holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

To be eligible to join Kappa Delta Pi, a student must have at least a 3.4 grade point average and a strong record of leadership and service, according to faculty advisor Barbara Day, professor and coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Program.

The newly inducted members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education are:

Carlie Faith Abercrombie
Melissa Renee Bailey
Lauren Ann Brown
Genevieve Calloway
Lindsay Davis Creech
Sara Jane Denny
Katie Elizabeth Doyle
Allison Jo Dudley
Amanda Jean Gilbert
Kristin Denise Hackett
Heather Nicole Hampton
Lindsay Elizabeth Hamrick
Amy Elizabeth Harrison
Rebecca Ruth Hill
Melissa Ann Holland
Kristen Ann Jones
Mary Catherine Landry
Meghan E. Leet
Emily Anne Liebtag
Megan Elise Lowe
Rachel Suzanne Madsen
Beverly Eileen Mahoney
Hilary Joan McIntosh
Megan Camille McNinch
Helen Kasey Ommen
Amy Elizabeth Partington
Elizabeth Hastings Payne
Kathryn Pierce
Amanda Emily Snow
Kelsey L. Stamps
Dale Nicole Taybron
Jennifer Blair Waller
Amanda Jean White
Megan Elizabeth White