The Pace University School of Education honored our newest inductees into the Pi Lambda Theta honor society, during a ceremony with their family and friends, that took place on Sunday, March 24th.
Pi Lambda Theta is one of the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies, serving to recognize outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in education. With more than 185,000 individuals inducted across the nation since 1910, membership signifies a strong commitment to academic excellence and the teaching profession.
Induction into Pi Lambda Theta is a distinction awarded only to the most high-achieving students committed to the teaching profession. Nominated students must meet the most rigorous academic requirements. As an honor society, Pi Lambda Theta's purpose is to recognize persons of superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership. Pi Lambda Theta seeks to: FOSTER creativity and academic excellence at all educational levels; DEMONSTRATE the power of competence in the body of knowledge unique to the profession; IMPROVE the status of educators, and PROMOTE professional fellowship and cooperation as a means to positive action.
Pi Lambda Theta advisor, Dr. Christine Clayton gave the opening remarks and was followed by Adjunct Professor, Joan Kass who is a lifelong member. Joan told the students “Stepping into the classroom you bring your full self, everything you know, understand, and value as you and your students travel a very special path together. We wish you great success, joy, personal fulfillment, continued seeking of knowledge, understanding, and learning as you move forward in this most worthy, important, and awe-inspiring profession of being a teacher.”
Certificates were presented to the inductees with the help of Staff Associate Liz Luongo and Adjunct Professor Linda Carlson, followed by a candle lighting ceremony facilitated by Dr. Christine Clayton.
Two students closed with inspiring reflections.
Career changer Sobeyda Done, now an MST student in Childhood/Childhood Special Education, spoke about returning to graduate school and balancing studies with family life. In speaking of the School of Education and teaching, she said “This program has taught me that our classrooms continue to excel into an era that appreciates diversity. Today, I consider myself to be an eager student willing to absorb any new information that will help me become a good teacher, one that will establish rapport, trust and respect, one that strongly believes in students' ability to achieve."
Catherine Riley, a BA in Childhood Ed and MSEd in Special Ed, spoke about the influences on her development, “Everyone here has their own reasons for entering education. From the influence of a family member who may be in the education field to a teacher from our past who influenced us.” She also spoke of the role of educators, “Teachers are more than just a person standing in front of the classroom all day. They are the coaches, mentors, and advisors that we interact with every day. Teachers take on more roles than what is expected.”
Congratulations to our inductees!
Pace University’s 2019 Pi Lambda Theta Inductees:
Stephanie Abraham Jessica LaPadula
Julia Alberico Christina Lobo
Gabrielle Barberi Charles Luisi
Lisa Buzzeo Deanna Mickelsen
Amanda Cohen Mackenzie Myers
Cassandra Davide Stephanie Myhal
Deasia Delvalle Amanda Noble
Steven DeMartis Riley Peterson
Tanner Diebold Ariana Pietaro
Coral DiMichele Catherine Reilly
Emily DiSilvestro Loren Rodgers
Sobeyda Done Nicholas Saviano III
Suzette Gagos Stephanie Schwartzberg
Alicia Gallagher Kerri Scrivanos
Susan Granata Katherine Semenetz
Nicole Hyman Mark Sweatlock
Julia Iovieno Nicole Swerdloff
Xiao-lei Jiang Maria Torres
Theresa Kahan Stephanie Waldron
Lindsay Kraus Lindsey Woytowich
Learn more about Pi Lambda Theta.