San Benito Teachers initiated into International Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million.
Recently, current San Benito teachers and past San Benito High School graduates Cynthia Schoen and Ana Richmond were initiated into the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Omicron Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi – one of 625 chapters worldwide.
Chosen from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power, Kappa Delta Pi has always been synonymous with scholarship, innovation, and excellence in the field of education.
Schoen, a Special Education teacher at Angela G. Leal Elementary, has been teaching for 5 years. Prior to her first year in the classroom, she attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at Brownsville.
“In keeping with the mission statement for Kappa Delta Pi, I am inspired to advance the quality of education by preparing all learners for future challenges. As an advocate for children with special needs, I am greatly encouraged by the KDP vision statement – quality learning for all,” explains Schoen.
“Now, as a member, I am committed to fostering excellence in education and promoting fellowship among others who are dedicated to teaching,” she adds.
“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Schoen! She is very deserving of this honor because she exhibits commendable personal qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship. We are very lucky to have her as a member of the staff at Angela G. Leal Elementary,” proudly said Manuel Cruz, Schoen’s campus Principal.
Richmond, a fourth grade teacher at La Paloma Elementary, has been teaching for 18 years. Prior to her first year in the classroom, she attended The University of Houston - Victoria.
Richmond quotes French writer and poet Antoine de Saint Exupery, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
“I really try to live this quote in the way I teach children in my reading class. In order for them to do better in reading class, I must work on showing them how wonderful reading is, and for that matter, how wonderful and fulfilling learning can be,” she explains.
“This is great honor for a great teacher!” proudly said Libby Flores, Richmond’s campus Principal.
Scheduled to receive their Masters of Education Degree in Special Education this upcoming spring, Schoen and Richmond are also each recipients of an academic scholarship awarded by the Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services) Grant.
Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs of the United States Department of Education, the SPICES Grant Program provides 100% tuition and fees, textbooks, and a tablet to those selected to participate in the UTRGV, College of Education, P-16 Integration, Masters in Education in Early Childhood Special Education Program.