Celebrating with You
If you have a success story you’d like to share with your colleagues in the Society, please tell us about it.

KDP members do extraordinary things! This page is all about sharing the joy of our members’ accomplishments. Read on and prepare to be inspired!

Bonnie Ruggles-Ruechel, a longtime activities professional and advocate for aging persons, received a national award for excellence in delivering education for individuals seeking NCCAP (National Certification Council of Activity Professionals) Certification. Among her many other appointments and levels of experience, she presently is on the advisory council of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and is president of the Quality of Life Practitioners of Arizona. She also was recently appointed president of the National Coalition of Activity Professionals.

Aubrie Simpson Aubrie Simpson, former Psi Rho Chapter President, graduated magna cum laude from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, on December 8th. She received an Education Department Award for academic achievement and scholarly activity.

Kelsey Gage Arkansas State University presented Kelsey Gage with the Lillian Barton Scholarship. Kelsey has a 3.94 GPA and she plans to graduate a year early with a degree in early childhood education. Eventually, she would like to teach at the university level.

Caroline Le Caroline Le, Writing Center coordinator and instructor of English at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, has been awarded the Certificate of Teaching Mastery from Teachers Without Borders. Beacon is the only accredited college offering BA and AA degrees exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or gifted LD, and Le’s passion is finding creative teaching methods and utilizing innovative assistive technology to facilitate academic success and foster self-empowerment. She is currently a doctoral student in higher education leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton Idaho State University’s Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton, interim dean of the graduate school and professor of educational leadership, has penned her second book, Getting There: Women’s Journeys to and through Educational Attainment, which was published in summer 2012 by SensePublishers. The project spanned nearly a decade and reveals the lived experiences of women pursuing educational leadership degrees.

Dr. Faith Andreasen A former associate professor of education at Northcentral University, Dr. Faith Andreasen, will have her book, Exceptional People: Lessons Learned from Special Education Survivors, published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2012. It is a compilation of stories describing the experiences of both students with disabilities and their parents. This practical work provides insight into how they are treated by their peers, teachers, doctors, and other professionals and how their lives are profoundly impacted.

Holly Burningham While pursuing a graduate degree at Marymount University, Holly Burningham was named a Virginia Teacher of Promise. This distinction is given annually to top students in Virginia’s teacher education programs.

Srecko Mavrek Srecko Mavrek, a swimming and PE teacher at New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, received a National Service Award for outstanding and innovative contribution to the field of aquatics from the Council for Aquatic Professionals of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. Also, he serves on the Editorial Board of Strategies, a national peer-reviewed journal for physical and sport educators.

Sir David Santandreu Sir David Santandreu Calonge and a colleague developed an infectious disease course at RMIT University that won the $10,000 Open Universities Australia Teaching Award for Best Undergraduate Unit.

Kateri Tumminello Kateri Tumminello was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Music Education Award at North Central College. She has performed with several North Central music ensembles, including the Saxophone Quartet Chamber, Concert Winds, Women’s Chorale, Jazz Combos, Big Band and Vocal Jazz.