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Master Teacher of Honor Recipients

Master Teacher of Honor Recipients

Congratulations to these esteemed educators who were awarded Kappa Delta Pi’s prestigious Master Teacher of Honor!

Master Teacher of Honor recipients are practicing educators who have 15 or more years of professional experience and have demonstrated commitment to continuous professional growth and exemplary integrity in their classroom, research, service, and leadership. For more information about this distinguished award and its criteria, please visit the Teacher of Honor site.

Past Recipients
2016 Recipients 2015 Recipients 2014 Recipients
2013 Recipients 2012 Recipients 2011 Recipients

2017 Recipients


Anji Reddy Nalamalapu

Sunflower County Consolidated School District/Gentry High School
Indianola, MS

An exceptional education teacher in Biology and Algebra, Nalamalapu motivates students to reach their full potential by creating a classroom environment that encourages creativity, risk-taking, self-respect, and discovery. His commitment to and concern for students is reflected in his many prestigious honors, including serving as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Gentry High School. In 2016, he was named Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year for Mississippi by the Council of Exceptional Children. Nalamalapu’s students in special education have passed state standardized exams in large part from his grant procurements and dedicated guidance.
2016 Recipients
Lisa S. Bircher
East Palestine City Schools
East Palestine, OH
Known for her contagious enthusiasm for science, Bircher has demonstrated a passion for motivating students with experiential learning for more than 23 years. She co-created a high school science club and spearheaded the creation of an outdoor “classroom.” Bircher feels that teaching is a place of growth and development, with reflection and free conversation with peers and students as critical elements in becoming a more effective teacher. She develops lessons that connect to the lives of her students, allowing them to have experiences to draw upon for future inquiry.

Stephanie Kelley
Spanish Teacher, Beaufort High School
Beaufort, SC
A high school Spanish teacher of all levels for the last 15 years, Stephanie Kelley has shown dedication to her students and her colleagues, both in and out of the classroom. While teaching, she most enjoys having the opportunity to change the future and impact her students in a positive way. And she is known for being generous in sharing her knowledge of best practices as well as leading workshops with fellow faculty members, while involving herself in school activities as a coach, sponsor, and valuable team member. Stephanie is currently working toward earning her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a member of Kappa Delta Pi since 2010.

Dr. Reynaldo L. Duran
Educational Consultant, Region 18 Education Service Center
Midland, TX
Dr. Reynaldo Duran currently serves as an Educational Consultant and Regional Mathematics Specialist for Texas Education Agency’s Region 18 Education Service Center. He provides technical support to school districts, administrators, and teachers in the region in designing and implementing effective high school mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessments. For more than eight years, Dr. Duran taught Mathematics at Dapitan City National School in Dapitan City, Philippines. Dr. Duran came to the United States in the fall of 2006 through the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program—now VIF International Education. Dr. Duran is a lifetime member of Kappa Delta Pi, and has previously been named a Teacher of Honor and Classroom Teacher Grant recipient.

2015 Recipients
Marian Jackson-Scott Erica McDonald
Teacher
Cobb County Schools, Georgia
Much of McDonald’s teaching career has been dedicated to serving at-risk children and other disadvantaged students. As a middle school teacher and founder of an organization to help teen parents continue their education, she aspires to be an inspirational teacher and leader. In doing so, she continues to carry out the legacy of her great-great-grandfather, civil rights leader and educator Booker T. Washington.

Marian Jackson-Scott Marian Jackson-Scott
Project Coordinator, Teacher Preparation Student Support Services Program, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA
Marian Jackson-Scott coordinates the Teacher Preparation Student Services Support Program at UL Lafayette. Known for being a strong motivator throughout her 18 years in education, she yearns to provide greater opportunities for students and encourage them to further their achievements. Jackson-Scott’s dedication to the future of education and support of her students is evident in her myriad of service and leadership roles. A doctoral student at the University of New Orleans, she is a frequent workshop presenter, published author, community volunteer, and mentor to both teachers and students.

2014 Recipients
Brother Patrick Howlett Brother Patrick Howlett
Principal, Parramatta Marist High School
Westmead, New South Wales, Australia
Brother Patrick Howlett has 50 years of experience in education, the last 25 of which as a principal in Catholic Schools in Sydney. He joined the staff at Parramatta Marist as Principal in 2002. In 2005, concerned with his students’ engagement in curriculum, Br. Patrick took sabbatical leave to find the best educational practices domestically and abroad. This research and consultation lead to the introduction of Project-Based Learning in 2008 for Year 9 (later extended to Years 7, 8, and 10), Problem-Based Learning in 2010 called One-Five-One for Year 11, and Flipped Learning in 2013 for Year 12 at Paramatta Marist, the success of which garnered local, national, and international media attention. In 2012, Br. Howlett was awarded a Papal Honor, the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, by Pope Benedict XVI. It is the highest recognition awarded to a member of a religious order.

2013 Recipients
Dr. Clinton Smith Dr. Clinton Smith
Assistant Professor of Special Education
University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN
A former practicing middle and high school educator and behavior intervention specialist, Dr. Clinton Smith believes that educators can be most effective when they are involved in the lives of the students. He has acted as educator, disciplinarian, counselor, coach, and father to his students—all in the same day. In his extensive research and work as a special education instructor, he has studied and executed the principles of applied behavior analysis to control problematic behaviors in the classroom. He is currently assistant professor of special education and the co-advisor for KDP’s Alpha Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at The University of Tennessee at Martin.

Ann M. Harvey, Ed.D. Ann M. Harvey, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Reading Education
Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM
A teacher of reading for all of her professional career, Harvey works closely with students and preservice teachers to improve their reading and critical thinking abilities and has special expertise in remedial situations. Always willing to take on extra tasks, she is praised for her high energy, positive disposition, and level of commitment. Among her accomplishments, Harvey implemented a tutoring program using teacher candidates to help school children with reading problems, thereby encouraging the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and professionalism.

Dr. Henry Oh Dr. Henry Oh
Associate Professor/Director, Respiratory Therapy Program
San Juan College, Farmington, NM
Known for urging every student to achieve his or her best, Oh takes personal interest in helping students recognize their talents, achieve their goals, and overcome obstacles, both during their education and beyond. In turn, he is one of the highest student-rated professors ever at San Juan College. Oh holds many professional appointments and achievements in the respiratory therapy field and at the college, and was a driving force for the development and accreditation of the college’s respiratory therapy program.

Dr. Henry Oh was featured by KOB4 News in New Mexico after he received the distinction of Master Teacher of Honor.

Dr. Julia M. Reffel Dr. Julia M. Reffel
Professor, Department of Early Childhood & Special Education
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
At the center of Reffel’s 30-year career is her dedication to special education and reading education. As a special education teacher, she advocated for her students, making sure they had the necessary resources to learn, and defended their rights to receive the public education warranted by law. With her preservice teachers, she conveys the importance of students taking responsibility for their own learning and being accountable for the quality of their instruction. Highly respected, she is known for her positive manner, leadership capabilities, and insightfulness.

2012 Recipients
Dr. Cheryl Avila Dr. Cheryl Avila
Clinical Coordinator
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
An exemplary model of a lifelong learner, Avila taught secondary mathematics for 22 years before beginning her full-time doctoral studies. She is known for continuously striving for self-improvement and growth in her mathematics teaching. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching—such as art with mathematics and matrices with cryptography—allowing students to understand the relevance, take ownership of their education, and strive for higher goals.

Sir David Santandreu Calonge Sir David Santandreu Calonge
Educational Designer for Curriculum Design and IT Initiatives
Lingnan University, Hong Kong
A native of France, but working for most of his professional career in Hong Kong, Santandreu Calonge inspires students and colleagues with his recognized clear, innovative, passionate methods of teaching and staff development. As a teacher of the French language and fluent in many others, he has worked for 19 years in numerous multicultural settings, offering expertise in teaching, research, senior administration, and leadership.

Marilyn J. Cook Marilyn J. Cook
K–12 Reading Instructor/District Dyslexia Specialist
Port Aransas Independent School District, Port Aransas, TX
For nearly 30 years, Cook’s life’s work has been teaching reading and developing exciting, relevant lessons, while meaningfully connecting with her students. Known for her patience and compassion, Cook’s focus is about caring for kids and motivating them to learn. She uses methods that go beyond homework and standardized testing and often employ Cook’s talent and passion for art. Outside the classroom, she has been very involved with KDP, serving on committees, as a reviewer, and as Professional Representative on the 2010­–2012 Executive Council.

Dr. Lisa L. Rollins Dr. Lisa L. Rollins
Chairwoman and Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Langston University, Langston, OK
As both an undergraduate educator and public relations/journalism industry professional, Rollins’ expertise and connections provide her students unique opportunities for real-life experience, with the campus newspaper lab and television and radio stations, and through the local business community. She is known for her charismatic teaching style, selfless mentorship, and strong leadership skills. Rollins actively seeks her students’ points of view and encourages their development.

2011 Recipients
Dr. Julia Schroeder Dr. Julia Schroeder
Vice President for Instruction/Professor of Mathematics and Physics
John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois
As an innovator, leader, mentor, and professor, Dr. Schroeder has impacted both her educational community and the southern Illinois area. She spearheaded efforts to implement the College’s first online degree program, created a mentoring program for adjunct professors, and continues to develop innovative methods for course delivery. Most importantly, though, she is highly regarded as a caring, inspiring, and commanding, educator.

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