Dr. Eva Bonnet Kleinpeter:
Establishing a Scholarship and Reflecting on Kappa Delta Pi
Being a member and a Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi has greatly influenced my education. So, for me, establishing a Kappa Delta Pi scholarship is just the right way to provide perpetual assistance to others in their times of need so that they may pursue a high-quality education. By providing others with the same opportunity, we can help assure a brighter future for all of us. An educated person with high moral principles has a better opportunity to become a contributing member of a holistic fair society for the benefit of everyone in this global, competitive, and multicultural world.
With these goals in mind, I feel that establishing a KDP scholarship is the right thing to do. It is easy to do and gratifying to provide crucial help that advances another’s education.
I am happy to say that as one who was not destined to finish high school in the late 1950s, today I am a highly qualified educator with more than 10 state certification areas from Early Childhood Education to technology. In addition, I have attended seven universities, earning a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a PhD, with specializations in numerous areas. I could not have accomplished these achievements without the help of many people. It is important for me to reflect on the push I received from my uneducated mom, who wanted all of her children to get a quality education. Her encouragement catapulted me to go to and stay in school. I remained in school while so many of my peers were dropping out. Many hard-working, loyal, and dedicated teachers motivated me to stay in school and to go to college.
I married my freshman year of college and continued my studies while raising a family. I completed my undergraduate degree in 4½ years and immediately entered graduate school while employed at Southern University Laboratory School. I was the only student with three small children, all under the age of 10, and my husband was in graduate school too, while matriculating in Ph. D. studies. Which were completed in 2 years. Dr. Clotiel R. Nelson, a colleague at Southern University, invited me to join KDP. When she retired, I was asked to serve as Counselor of the Eta Mu Chapter, a position I have held since that time. As a member for more than 25 years, I am pleased to report that Eta Mu has been an ACE Award Chapter and Literacy Alive! Participant and etc.
Dr. Vernon E. Daigle, a former Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, professor of education, once advised: look around; find someone who has something that you aspire to achieve; say to yourself, if that person can do it, so can I. If you work very smart and hard, you too can do it. As one who was not likely to finish high school, I want to personally thank my many role models (Dr. E.C. Harrison. Who said “If you planned to stay at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana you have to get a Ph. D.” I listened and worked 44.5 yrs.), Mrs. Mabel Andrews, Mrs. Ruth White Brooks, Mr. L. L. Foote, Mr. E. Nabors, Dr. Jordan Utsey, and etc.), mentors, supporters, KDP, and the many persons who aspired me to achieve the impossible. It may not be much, but it is a thousand times better than I ever dreamed to achieve.
Dr. Judith and Mr. Ralph Evans:
Classroom Teachers’ Expenses Offset by Generous Gift Teachers, who spend an average of $350 of their own money on classroom supplies each year, soon will feel some relief thanks to funding available through the generous gift of a former teacher educator and Kappa Delta Pi chapter counselor. The funds for the purchase of classroom supplies and materials for activities that enrich the learning capacity of their classroom will impact 350 teachers, touching the lives of nearly 9,000 students. Dr. Judith F. Evans and her husband Ralph M. Evans of Greenwich, Connecticut, announced a multi-year partnership to offer Classroom Teacher Grants nationwide through the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
With 40 years of experience as an educator in a variety of settings, Dr. Evans understands the passion within every teacher to make a difference in the lives of children. “We believe in the power of the individual teacher to transform lives on a day-to-day basis,” stated Dr. Evans. “We applaud teachers willing to take risks in creative ways to enhance their teaching and their students’ learning.” To encourage this type of creativity, Classroom Teacher Grants fund innovative and unique programs in the classroom as well as provide teachers with much-needed classroom supplies.
Motivation for this timely and valuable gift stems from the Evans’ vision of creating a groundswell of benefits for ever-increasing numbers of students whose teachers receive Classroom Teacher Grants. The donors also hope that their gift will encourage others to think of innovative ways they too can support educators through Kappa Delta Pi.