Rachel Hagedorn, daughter of Jeff and Marcia Hagedorn of Roland, Iowa, was recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education through the Psi Chapter of The University of Northern Iowa. At the initiation ceremony, 50 outstanding new members were inducted into the chapter, more than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded by committees that were chaired by students, and an inspiring keynote speech was delivered by Iowa Director of Education Dr. Brad Buck (a UNI KDP Alumnus). The UNI Psi chapter has nine active service initiatives in partner schools and other community organizations in the Cedar Valley.
The Society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.
Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 582 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene, and Carol Gilligan.