Laura Stelsel is director of marketing & communications at Kappa Delta Pi.
Mandy Jayne Stanley, 2014 graduate and current fourth grade teacher at Charles A. Brown Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala., is the 2014 recipient of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)/Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) National Student Teacher of the Year Award. Stanley is a 2012 Kappa Delta Pi initiate of Zeta Theta Chapter at Samford University.
The award recognizes one student teacher/intern annually who has demonstrated the ability to plan and develop classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support all students; establish interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect powerfully on their student teaching experience. Award winners are acknowledged with a $1,200 scholarship reward.
“Birmingham is a city that has a very painful past but an exceedingly bright future, and I want all of my students to be a part of it,” Stanley said. “I knew that by striving to achieve this accolade, I could show my future, now my current, students that anything is possible with the combination of hard work, respect for those around you, and a positive mindset.”
KDP and ATE congratulate Mandy and wish her well as she begins her first school year as a practicing educator!