Celebrating Our Graduates Through Photos

Each spring, KDP staff members organize a photo contest for members to submit their graduation photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram) with the hashtag #KDPgrad and be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 gift certificates to the KDP Store.

This year, because the judges received so many great selfies, candids, and professional portraits as well as stories that accompanied, it was too difficult a decision to choose only 5. So, they chose 6. (See the full album on Facebook here) Below are the winners—in no particular order.

Taylor Manceaux

Taylor Manceaux

Taylor Manceaux, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Ever since I was a little girl, all I ever wanted to do was become a teacher. So, deciding on a college major was extremely easy! College was hard at times, but I enjoyed every minute of it! I made some of the best of friends and cherished every minute we spent together. We were all education majors so we took the journey together. Kappa Delta Pi Delta Iota chapter of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette helped me to become an even better leader by allowing me to serve as an officer for 2 years. I served as Treasurer my first year and was elected as President my senior year. Being able to participate in convocation and represent my chapter was an amazing experience and gave me many pointers for my future teaching career! I’m extremely grateful to my professors and Kappa Delta Pi for helping shape me into the leader that I am and I look forward to stepping foot into my own classroom in August!”

Krystle Yarbrough

Krystle Yarbrough

Krystle Yarbrough, University of Richmond

After many years in the classroom I knew I wanted to do more to help students and other teachers. I decided to go back to school and earn my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I wasn’t sure I could do it as I now had two sons both under the age of five and worked full time teaching third grade. With my husband’s support I began the long two year journey to earn my leadership degree. Two years later I was able to share my graduation with my son’s preschool graduation.

Kimberly McGuire

Kimberly McGuire, Lynchburg College

After being out of high school for 25 years, I was working for a summer camp for kids with learning disabilities. I had so many parents tell me that I needed to be doing it full time. I also worked as a teacher’s aide in a small private school, and the teacher encouraged me to go back and get my degree. It wasn’t easy….but so worth it!

Melissa Lampiasi

Melissa Lampiasi

Melissa Lampiasi, Kean University

I am pleased to say that as of May 19, 2016 I am officially a graduate from Kean University. First in my family to graduate college, and all thanks to my parents who sacrificed their goals and aspirations to see me achieve more than they ever could. But, you may be wondering how did I get to where I am today? One word sums it all up: Tadpole. My dream to be a teacher began in the second grade when I got to take home a tadpole. Our class frog laid eggs just when we were learning about the frog life cycle. Taking home that tadpole and watching it grow was spectacular. I had the most amazing teacher who truly empowered students to grow and learn through real life experiences. Now through my studies and field experiences I have come to strongly agree with the Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” An effective teacher can involve their students by relating the curriculum to relevant information outside of the classroom. This is exactly what my second grade teacher did and so will I. My classroom will be an educational haven, where everyone, including the teacher is actively involved in the learning and growing process intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Additionally, this past year I have had to honorable opportunity to be inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Rho chapter at Kean. As a Kean-Ocean student, I made it a top priority to be involved with the Union Campus as much as possible in order to truly be a part of the KDP family. This honor society has provided me the opportunity to receive multiple resources to assist in my future career as an educator by participating in a school based organization in addition to, gaining friendships that will last a life time. I believe my dedication to a high level of academic achievement in the study of Elementary Education at Kean University will be an asset to my future career in education.
For the 2016-2017 Academic school year I will be returning to Kean as an alumni on the executive board for KDP as the Kean-Ocean campus representative. My goal is to unite education majors from both campuses to achieve a strong education community by offering support and sharing knowledge to future educators.
So, just like the little tadpole who grows and transforms, so will my journey to becoming a teacher.

Madeleine Lewis

Madeleine Lewis

Madeleine Lewis, USF St. Petersburg

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in preschool. I have worked for 23 years to accomplish my goal of a masters degree in education and I have finally done so. Thanks to my family, friends, teachers, professors, schools, and now KDP, I am prepared to provide each and every student I meet with love and boundless opportunities for success!

Mayra Salazar

Mayra Salazar

Mayra Salazar, The University of Texas at Arlington

“For as long as I can remember, as a young girl, my dream profession was to become a teacher. In spite of the fact that neither of my parents hold a degree or spoke English; they always made sure to instill in me the importance of obtaining an education. I had the BEST SUPPORT SYSTEM growing up: my parents and teachers; their daily words of encouragement made no obstacle too big to overcome. As a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington; I can finally say I have accomplished my dream! I can’t wait to start inspiring and shaping minds the minds of my future students! #KDP #UTA #2016GRAD”

Thank you to all who submitted a photo and story. Stay tuned for additional photo contests in the future!

2016 #KDPgrad with Pride Photo Contest – Now Open!

KDPgradAre you a senior or grad student who is graduating this spring or graduated in December?

First of all, congratulations! We are proud of you and wish you the very best as you job search and start your teaching career.

Secondly, we have a unique opportunity for you to share your story and be entered into a drawing!

Share pictures of yourself in your cap and gown with your KDP cords, stole, and/or medallion on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using the hashtag #KDPgrad as a first step to entering our sixth annual KDP Graduate with Pride photo contest*. Pictures will be placed in an album on KDP’s Facebook page; at least one winner will be chosen from the overall number of likes/comments/shares it receives, so be sure to share your photo from our page!

To complete your entry, click here to answer a quick survey.

Winners receive one of five $20 gift certificates to the KDP Store.

Good luck! We will be looking for your picture soon!

*Eligible participants are members who graduated any time during the 2015-2016 school year. The contest deadline is June 16, after which winners will be selected.

Graduate with Pride!

Grad CollageAre you graduating? First of all, congratulations! We are so proud of you and wish you the very best in your future endeavors. We hope you are proud of yourself, too—so proud that you want take plenty of photos to capture all the excitement.

Why are we interested in your photos? Because it’s time for our fifth annual KDP “Grad with Pride” photo contest! Eligible participants are current members who graduated in December 2014 or are graduating this spring semester.

The contest deadline is June 15, after which winners (and prizes) will be selected by KDP staff and announced via social media.

So share your photo via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #KDPGrad. After you post, send an email to marketing@kdp.org with your photo, and tell us a little about yourself and your journey for a chance to win a KDP Store gift certificate.

Good luck!

By submitting a photo, you grant Kappa Delta Pi permission to use your likeness in a photograph in any and all of its publications, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration.

Got a Minute? Week of March 30, 2015

Got a Minute for KDP? See what’s going on at headquarters in a one-minute(ish) video.

This week:

  • Decision Letters for proposals submitted for Convo are sent out this week
  • Save the Date! Convocation Oct. 22-24 2015 in Orlando, FL
  • Graduation regalia is available online at the KDP Store
  • KDP Headquarters office closed April 3, 2015

Check Out Our Graduation Photo Contest Winners!

Rachel Gurley is chapter operations coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.

Winner Cover PhotoIt’s post-graduation season and that means the time has come to show off our winners of the #KDPGrad Photo Contest.  We had a fantastic response this year with nearly 100 graduates sharing photos wearing their KDP regalia with pride. You can check out all of the photos on the KDP Facebook page.

This year our winners are Rosemary Anthony and Maria Kroeker. Rosemary is our first-place winner receiving a $50 KDP store gift card. Maria received a $25 KDP store gift card as our second-place winner. Both winners not only shared beautiful pictures, but each member shared the stories behind their photos.

Rosemary submitted a photo that included her father. The photo in fact was a very candid shot of Rosemary laughing as she admired her dad. Rosemary said, “The look our faces totally sums up our relationship! His support and love are amazing.” Their relationship is very special and dear following the tragic loss of Rosemary’s mother and brother in 1998. The loss of family has drove Rosemary to excel in her accomplishments. As Rosemary graduated from Houston Baptist University with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction she wore her KDP regalia with pride and captured a precious moment with her father.

Our second-place winner, Maria, submitted a very classic photo displaying her graduation cap. With a wide smile on her face and KDP regalia around her neck Maria proudly displayed her inspiration for becoming a teacher, her mother. Losing her mother at a young age, Maria’s mother was absent during her college career. Maria told us “She is my inspiration, and that’s what I want to be for my students.”

No matter what your inspiration or who supported you, we are proud of all our #KDPGrads this year! KDP is thrilled to have a new class of educators and we are eager to support you as you continue your professional endeavors. Congratulations to the Class of 2014, and congratulations Rosemary and Maria!