Kappa Delta Pi Initiates 7

Group photo of Kappa Delta Pi members, Dean Hanfu Mi, Claudia Pitchford and Dr. Ronda Mitchell

From L to R: Claudia Pitchford, Holly Earhart, Makinzie Yoho, Dr. Ronda Mitchell, Dr. Hanfu Mi, Thomas Kollmann, Samantha Missey, James Shamp and Roberta Kubik

The teaching profession is soon to grow as the UIS Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Honor Society initiated seven new members during a ceremony held on October 22, 2016.

Family, faculty and staff looked onward as Dr. Ronda Mitchell, Makinzie Yoho and Holly Earhart, KDP Advisor, President and Vice President respectively, swore in the standout students: Nicole Barney, Thomas Kollmann, Katlyn Krones, Roberta Kubik, Samantha Missey, James Shamp and Allie Wright.

Prior to the initiation, the attendees were treated to an engaging and entertaining presentation from Keynote Speaker Kim Thomas, the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year.  The energy and passion for teaching engulfed the room as even those not pursuing a career in the profession were inspired.  It was obvious that the members of Kappa Delta Pi were taking mental and physical notes to fill the coffers of their teaching repertoires.  Ms. Thomas strutted around the room in her high heels doing horizontal kicks and creating positive parabolas on the faces of those in attendance.  The wealth of knowledge being shared was nearly overwhelming as the Teacher of the Year shared inspirational stories, hilarious quips and invaluable tips.

Kim Thomas is a math teacher at Woodruff Career and Technical Academy in

Kim Thomas, Illinois Teacher of the Year, speaks to Kappa Delta Pi members

Kim Thomas speaks to the
Kappa Delta Pi members

Peoria, IL.   She preaches building relationships with the students and is a walking, talking example of how going the extra mile for children of all ages will pay off in the long run.  She made it apparent teaching is a calling, one that the members of Kappa Delta Pi are realizing they have heard.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.  The name is derived from Greek words meaning knowledge, duty and power.

The University of Illinois Springfield Kappa Delta Pi members plan to have multiple events this year, including a book drive and a social at local micro-brewery Obed and Isaac’s.  For more information check them out at www.facebook.com/groups/KDPatUIS or look for events on the College of Education and Human Services website www.uis.edu/cehs.

College of Education and Human Services Spotlight

heather picture

Heather Nielsen, academic advisor and professional licensure officer for the college, was recently recognized at the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award reception.  As a nominee, Heather was honored for her work projects, professional development and affiliations, and contributions to the College of Education and Human Services.  She was commended for her enthusiasm and commitment to student success.

UIS host scholars from China for educational workshop


Recently, the College of Education and Human Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield hosted a group of Chinese scholars who came to visit looking to do some research in the field of education and observe how classes are taught in a different country. Most of these traveling Chinese scholars teach English in their home country of China, they were introduced to different methods of teaching a class that will prepare them to become well-rounded instructors.

The College of Education and Human Services provided the traveling scholars with different workshops and also had them observe a few classes by the TCS5eacher Education Program (TEP). Through this program scholars had the opportunity to sit in on classes taught by student teachers and observe the different teaching styles and methods used during the lesson.

Ping Zhang (shown on the right), a traveling scholar, was able to visit an American school for her first time. Ping Zhang traveled to Feitshans Elementary in district 186 to observe a classroom for the day. She enjoyed her experience at the elementary school and looks forward to applying what she learned here to schools in China. Overall, it was a pleasure to host a group of intelligent and talented individuals who are on their way to becoming teachers of the next generation.



Preparing for the Classroom

DSC_1148On Thursday, December 3rd, all student teachers from UIS came together for their final campus seminar.

Their professors, Dr. Brian Kahn and Dr. Cindy Wilson, had arranged a day for them that would send them out into the profession armed with expertise and knowledge beyond what they had received in their numerous hours of course work, studying, preclinical experiences and even student teaching.

The student teachers interacted with area superintendents, consultants, and other experts on topics including interviewing, the Teachers’ Retirement System, final licensure requirements, masters’ degree programs, and teacher evaluations. Many thanks go to the day’s special speakers: Dr. Scott Day, Dustin Day, Dr. Scott Doerr, Dr. Jennifer Gill, Heather Nielsen, Rich Frankenfeld, and Gail Huizinga(pictured above). Your guidance is much appreciated!

2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship Recipient

The 2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship for Human Development Counseling recipient, Greg Irwin, and Scholarship donor, Dr. Sally Pancrazio, standing on either side of Dr. Jim Pancrazio’s formal portrait on the third floor of Brookens.  This photograph was taken immediately following the UIS Scholarship Luncheon, held on October 28th, 2015.