Kappa Delta Pi Honors Local Educators

Friday, October 25, 2013
The honorees for the evening , front row from left, Jill McGuire, Grace Dyrek, Carolyn Ingram and Richelle Shelton. Back row from left, Black Beard and Cody Raper. Not pictured is Darlene Cofer.
The honorees for the evening , front row from left, Jill McGuire, Grace Dyrek, Carolyn Ingram and Richelle Shelton. Back row from left, Black Beard and Cody Raper. Not pictured is Darlene Cofer.

The Lee University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for educators, has recognized local teachers for their demonstration of excellence in the classroom. The ceremony was held on campus in the Humanities Center.

Each year, the education honor society recognizes educators who have made contributions to their students and the community. The honorees this year include: Darlene Cofer, Grace Dyrek, Carolyn Ingram, Jill McGuire, Cody Raper, Richelle Shelton and Blake Beard.  

Ms. Cofer is a special education reading teacher at Bradley County High School. She previously worked as a special education elementary teacher at Trewhitt, Hopewell, and Charleston elementary schools, and as a modified resource teacher at Blue Springs Elementary School.

 Ms. Dyrek has worked over eight years in the education profession and is currently a librarian at Cleveland Middle School. Previous positions she has held include librarian at Claires Court in Maidenhead, England, and librarian at Ft. Clayton Elementary School in Panama City, Panama.  She also received the Silver Moonbeam Award for a novel that she wrote and illustrated.

 Ms. Ingram currently serves as principal of Yates Primary School, where she has worked for 21 years. She has 40 years of experience in the education profession. She taught primary grades for 18 years and served as the principal of Blythe Elementary School for three years. Ingram is also a Rotary Club member and previously served as president of the Tennessee Reading Association.

Ms. McGuire teaches at Ocoee Middle School and previously taught first and fifth grade at Hopewell Elementary. She also works as a summer school instructor. McGuire has spent 18 years in the education profession.

Mr. Raper works in communications at Cleveland Middle School. He is a member of the Student Television Network and holds the position of chapter advisor for the Technology Student Association Club.

Ms. Shelton has dedicated 18 years to the education profession and currently serves as the assistant principal of Mayfield Elementary School. Among many other accomplishments, Ms. Shelton has been involved in curriculum development and assessment in Cleveland City Schools and worked to change state policy on fire drills.

Mr. Beard teaches eighth grade science at Lake Forest Middle School, where he has taught for the past 11 years. During his time there, Mr. Beard also coached football for seven years and served as the sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

During the ceremony, new students were inducted into the honor society. These students include: Joseph Isaac Archer, Corey Nakai Bean, Elizabeth Bower, Katherine Ann Defer, Jason D. Dehart, Sarah Kathryn Foley, Elisabeth Anne Grimes, Alexandria Jones, Melanie Kehrer, Rachel Elizabeth Laba, Samuel Russell Lackey, Tyler Morrison, Hailey Megan Partridge, Kristal Ann Peters, Kady Rogers, Taylor Dawn Stachowicz, Kaylee Vaught and Lauren Madison Young. 

Kappa Delta Pi seeks to encourage high professional, intellectual, and personal standards and to recognize outstanding contributions in education. Founded in 1911, the society became an International Honor Society in Education in 1981. 

For more information on the honorees or Kappa Delta Pi, please call the Helen DeVos College of Education at 614-8175.


This year’s new student inductees.
This year’s new student inductees.

Santillana Nominated For Latino Leadership Award

Juan Santillana, assistant professor of Spanish at Chattanooga State Community College, was recently nominated for the 2016 Latino Leadership Awards, a LaPaz initiative. As one of 10 nominees, the selection committee reviews all nominations and then has the difficult task of choosing “what true leaders in the Latino and Hispanic community look like.” All 10 nominees will be recognized ... (click for more)

Lee University’s Boone Releases Book

Dr. Jerome Boone, professor of Old Testament and Christian formation at Lee, has co-authored with his wife, Sandra Boone, a book released at the end of July titled “Thanksgiving Psalms: A Path to Praise.”  The book was released by the Department of Adult Discipleship in the Church of God and is written as an inductive Bible study on the thanksgiving psalms. According to ... (click for more)

2 Officers Testify That Miller Sped Toward Them In Vehicle; Woman Describes Frightening Carjacking

Two Chattanooga Police officers testified Tuesday that James Bryan Miller drove an SUV directly toward them, and both said they expected to be hit in an Aug. 1 incident in which Miller at one point drove north in the southbound lanes of I-75. Investigator Ty Cooper said he was bracing to have Miller ram into his police vehicle in reverse at a house on Watts Avenue, but he said ... (click for more)

Committee To Try To Reach Consensus On The Location Of The Planned Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center

In partnership with Chattanooga City Councilman Jerry Mitchell and Retired Major General Bill Raines, the Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Tuesday announced the formation of a special ad hoc committee that will develop a list of consensus recommendations for the proposed Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center. The committee, which is composed of local business ... (click for more)

Proud To Be A Conservative Conservationist

I was born and raised in Chattanooga and was brought up to be a Tennessee conservative. That means that my family conserved our spending, our resources, and yes, even our environment.  I think we were inspired to do so because Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. We have stunning mountains, wild rivers and quiet backcountry. And many of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Adore America

If Heather Cross weren’t married and didn’t have such a fine-looking family I’d swear I might propose. The dazzling lady just wrote a “By Gumbo! letter” to all the major news outlets in the world to inform them that half of the Pelican State is still submerged by “a 1,000-year flood” and where the heck are they with their cameras? She knows it is vital for the rest of America to ... (click for more)