- by Mount Saint Mary College

Mount Saint Mary College’s Sigma Tau Chapter 451 of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international honor society in education, recently earned several Education Excellence Awards.

 The following Chapter Program Awards were recently presented to the Mount’s KDP by the honor society’s leadership:

  • Professional Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Literacy Alive!
  • Community Service 
  • Fundraising

 Two more awards were presented to individual Mount KDP members. Kappa Delta Pi chapter president Alexandra Steinberg of Chester, N.Y. earned the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. Sonya Abbye-Taylor, assistant professor of education and Mount KDP co-counselor, earned the Northeast Regional Counselor Award.

The awards were originally going to be presented to the Mount KDP chapter at Kappa Delta Pi’s conference, Convocation 2020, in Louisville, Ky. However, the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were instead announced on KDP’s website. 

Sigma Tau Chapter 451 is dedicated to service-learning in the local community. COVID-19 didn’t slow down the Mount’s KDP, which planned and implemented multiple events before and during the pandemic. The Mount KDP students aided with a literacy program at the local charitable organization Newburgh Ministry; tutored students from Bishop Dunn Memorial School (a local elementary); hosted webinars on a variety of important topics like recycling, grant writing, and enhanced teaching techniques; and more. 

Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in, and recognizes outstanding contributions to, the field of education. The society endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members, quicken professional growth, and honor achievement in educational work.

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