Dear Kadelpians: You have an incredible opportunity during the month of February to cast your ballot for the next group of leaders of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). Make your voice heard and vote! Exercise your privilege to select the officers of the Executive Council.

The Executive Council will be comprised of these elected positions: President-Elect and one additional member. Based on the needs of the newly elected Council, the current President, President-Elect, Past-President, and another Council member will appoint two more individuals, as well as a representative from the Laureate Chapter.

Per the recommendation of the Leadership Development and Nominations Committee, the nominees for the Society’s 2022–2024 Executive Council election are presented here. On the current ballot, cast one vote each for President-Elect and one additional member.

According to the procedures specified in the KDP bylaws, voting begins on February 5, and ballots must be cast by the end of the day on March 5.


Dr. Vicky Tusken
President (2018–2020)

President-Elect
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Dr. Misty Hathcock


Dr. Misty Hathcock
(EdD in Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina at Charlotte) Clinical Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education, UNC Charlotte.


Professional Accomplishments
  1. Promotion to Clinical Professor (one of two in the entire university to ever be promoted to this rank.
  2. Regional Director of NC New Teacher Support Program: I lead a team of 14 coaches supporting 450 teachers in 15 districts.
  3. Kappa Delta Pi Counselor: I served as Secretary, Vice-President, President, and Associate Counselor before being named Counselor in 2005. Our Omicron Pi Chapter received the 2017 Florence B Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence and I was recently inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter.

Service to Kappa Delta Pi
Since being inducted into Kappa Delta Pi as a graduate student in 1996, I have served an officer—including Secretary, Vice-President, and President—and then 5 years as an Associate Counselor before being named Counselor in 2005. When I became Counselor, we were an “initiation-only” chapter.

With commitment and dedication, I have led our chapter to grow in recruitment, programming, and service. In 2017, our Omicron Pi Chapter received the 2017 Florence B Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence.

Since 1999, I have attended and/or presented at Convocation. As a clinical professor, 25% of my time is dedicated to service, and I chose my role as Counselor for Kappa Delta Pi as my commitment.

Statement of Direction for Kappa Delta Pi
The profession of teaching encompasses recruitment, preparation, support, and retention. Kappa Delta Pi has a tremendous opportunity to play a significant role in all these areas—not just for members, but for all educators. As a member of the Executive Council, I see my role as being an advocate for what Kappa Delta Pi has to offer and to offer connections to facilitate this important work. I will utilize my knowledge and experience in new teacher support to assist in the enhancement of existing programs and the development of new materials to advance the profession of teaching.

Value-Added Qualities
I am a teacher-leader and coach. With more than 30 years in education, I have had the experience of being a classroom teacher, administrator, university professor, university supervisor of student teachers, and director of new teacher support. I am personable, compassionate, detail-oriented, organized, reflective, thoughtful, passionate, enthusiastic, and have a growth mindset. I have served on numerous academic, community-oriented, and foundation boards throughout my career. I currently serve on the Alumni Council of Past Presidents and Athletic Foundation Board at UNC Charlotte.


Dr. Susan Trostle Brand


Dr. Susan Trostle Brand
(EdD in Early Childhood Education, Pennsylvania State University) Full Professor III of Early Childhood Education, University of Rhode Island.


Professional Accomplishments
  1. Past 27 years: Chapter counselor, scaffolding our chapter to achieve six ACE awards, an 18-member/volunteer service trip to Lima, Peru, and (as of January 2020), three service trips to the Nambale Magnet School in Kenya.
  2. Executive Board Member, Kappa Delta Pi, 2010-2013, serving as President-Elect (2 years).
  3. Chairperson/member of our university's Curriculum Affairs Committee, working closely with administration and cross-university faculty to secure course and curriculum approval from the Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the university President; also served on the LGBTQ+ Presidents Advisory Council.

Service to Kappa Delta Pi
KDP has been such an amazing catalyst for my professional growth and leadership! It is said that, without passion, work is meaningless and dull. Through infusing my passion for teaching and learning and the Kappa Delta Pi ideals, my work has been far from routine and dull. In fact, the Vice-President of URI commented that I am one of the most industrious and productive members of our college. I am the author of four (Dewey- and Piaget-based) education textbooks and numerous book chapters and articles, all advancing learner-centered approaches and highlighting creativity, curricular integration, diversity, and social justice. I present at least six conference presentations each year at the regional and national levels, including co-presenting three or four KDP workshops or posters at each Convocation. Recently, I have scaffolded our chapter's partnership with the Kenyan Nambale Magnet School, supporting the travel abroad/service opportunities for five Kappa Delta Pi chapter members and three URI faculty members.

Statement of Direction for Kappa Delta Pi
CHALLENGES and OPPORTUNITIES:
It is my belief that a challenge is an opportunity in disguise. Therefore, I have combined challenges for our Society with exciting opportunities, as outlined, below:

  1. Challenge: Attracting new members, including teachers and professional members, and keeping KDP alive and thriving. Opportunity: Encourage chapter counselors and members to extend and expand outreach opportunities to administrators and teachers through partnerships and professional development activities, visits to schools, and invitations to administrators and teachers to serve as chapter liaisons, guest presenters, panel members, and project facilitators. For example, our chapter works closely with our RI National Education Association (NEARI), JumpStart, and several local universities and school districts as we hold events such as an "Alfie Kohn" lecture, mental health and LGBTQ+ support conferences, school beautification projects, parent literacy and math nights, and an annual Open Forum on Education involving school personnel. Awarding chapters for outstanding school personnel–chapter collaboratives is an excellent initiative that will help to sustain KDP membership and active involvement among many partners.

  2. Challenge: Expanding KDP outreach to international educators and members and maintaining a global perspective. Opportunity: Our world is becoming more and more diverse each day and we, as Kadelpians, can identify and solidify international partnerships with educators around the globe through state-of-the-art technology, service travel abroad, international scholarships, and the establishment of new chapters in China, Kenya, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, and many other countries. Also, through expanding the KDP Educator Learning Network, we, as KDP leaders, can continue to reach out to teachers worldwide and exchange concerns, solutions, and timely teaching innovations, establishing and sustaining international collaboratives.

Value-Added Qualities
As a 27-year veteran of KDP, a recipient of six chapter ACE awards, a recent Executive Board member, a Lucinda Rose Chapter Counselor Award recipient, and an Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter member, I have displayed the utmost devotion to KDP year after year. I have attended and presented at many KDP Convocations, served on the Communications Committee for KDP, and on the Convocation Planning Committee. I work very well with others and I am an excellent listener and facilitator; I am an avid traveler and have participated in several KDP mission trips abroad. I am creative, people-centered, forward-thinking, outgoing, and passionate about advancing the goals and vision of KDP and, all the while, firmly believing in and practicing democratic principles of shared governance.

Note: I served on the Executive Council of KDP as President-Elect from 2010-2013. When tragedy struck my family and my husband passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in 2013, I needed to resign from the Board to tend to the needs of my two young children and my family. My children, now much more self-sufficient, as well as my university colleagues and Vice-President, have all urged me to run again for KDP President. I hope that you will consider me a worthy candidate. Thank you for your consideration of my application.


Council Member
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Dr. Nichelle Cook


Dr. Nichelle Cook
(MA in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, Xavier University of Louisiana; JD, Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law) Policy Analyst and Youth Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Louisiana Center for Health Equity (LCHE); Summer ELA Instructor/ Program Librarian, Trinity Episcopal School (Trinity Educational Enrichment Program-TEEP); CEO/Consultant, Practegy, LLC.


Professional Accomplishments
  1. One significant professional accomplishment was founding my educational consulting firm, Practegy, LLC, in 2013.
  2. Another was producing the white paper that helped to shape the development of the Healthcare Law certificate program at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
  3. A third was co-authoring a Community Needs and Resources Assessment for East Baton Rouge Parish through the Louisiana Center for Health Equity to highlight health inequities within the most economically disadvantaged communities.

Service to Kappa Delta Pi
As Chapter VP, I co-organized the Regional iLEAD workshop and co-facilitated the "What Is Leadership?" session. I also co-led our member recruitment efforts, which led to our receiving the Regional Chapter Membership Award. As two-term Chapter President, I led our literacy initiatives by organizing community literacy and game night events and collecting books to be disseminated to local youth. We also participated in Toys for Tots and a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and we donated money toward the purchase of two neighborhood crime surveillance cameras. KDP aided in my development by allowing me to lead other passionate educators who value professional excellence and service.

Statement of Direction for Kappa Delta Pi
As a member of the Executive Council, I will work collaboratively to ensure that members of KDP are equipped to successfully begin and sustain their careers as competent, effective, and mentally healthy professionals. One of the biggest challenges many of our members face is that in giving our best to the children and families we serve we often forget to set the boundaries necessary to maintain balance within our own lives. This often leads to burnout and eventually job turnover. Through my role, I would like to address this by raising awareness of the impact of secondary trauma on an educators' quality of life and advocating for trainings that teach our members how to incorporate health and wellness principles and strategies into daily classroom procedures for both themselves and their students. I would also use my role to promote increased educational research training for KDP members who are interested in pursuing careers within higher education institutions, policy, or other research-focused professions. Lastly, I would like to use my role to encourage the development of a pipeline program for high school students interested in the field of education to aid in the recruitment and retention of highly motivated, well-trained teachers.

Value-Added Qualities
My background as an educator, legal professional, and adolescent health policy analyst positions me to enrich the makeup of the Executive Council by providing perspectives that take into account the holistic needs of the youth we serve as educators. In addition, my specialized training in reading and literacy, as well as mild to moderate behavioral and intellectual disorders allows me to provide insights into both general education and special education.


Dr. Brandon C. Juarez


Dr. Brandon C. Juarez
(EdD in Education Leadership) Assistant Professor, Grand Canyon University. Formerly Faculty Chair, Grand Canyon University.


Professional Accomplishments
  1. Earned a doctorate in education with emphasis in higher education leadership.
  2. Served as faculty chair/manager for college of education (at institution with the most teacher preparation candidates in the country).
  3. Served as a school administrator at a K-8 school.

Service to Kappa Delta Pi
As associate counselor for our local chapter of KDP, I am responsible for adding more new members to our chapter than any counselor before me. I have worked closely with members of Headquarters to develop efficient ways to increase our membership. I have designed technology-based ways to induct new members from across the country (who attend GCU online). Also, our chapter partners with local associations and clubs to promote shared excellence in teacher preparation programs. The leadership I've had working with KDP has given me the opportunity to impact students on a greater scale. I have used my national presentations at KDP conferences to promote scholarship with preservice teacher candidates. Overall, my involvement with KDP has fostered my ability to increase the development of preservice teacher educators.

Statement of Direction for Kappa Delta Pi
  • As a member of the Executive Council, I will promote a more comprehensive reach of online students to their local chapters. To this end, I will foster and promote the development of a more robust web-based induction site for inductees to apply and pay local and national dues all in one location. Also, I will encourage the use of such a site to be a meeting place for members of local chapters by providing access to resources specific to local memberships on the current website.

  • I will also work to partner more with local chapters (specific to chapter size). For instance, there are a plethora of incredible resources at the national KDP level. The goal is to work with local leaders to promote these tools and resources to local chapters.

  • I will also promote the advancement of cultural inclusivity by connecting chapters to one other to promote collaboration with respect to shared goals and visions. Currently, chapters are too often isolated entities (even within the same state). As a council member, I will encourage and promote collaboration between chapter leaders and members (e.g., by developing meeting seminars during state and national conferences and developing technology tools to communicate more effectively, including but not limited to designing space on the KDP.org page for state chapters to collaborate and share resources and ideas and promote initiatives). KDP is an incredible association with several first-class features. I hope to further promote the reach of the association by advancing these initiatives.

Value-Added Qualities
As an executive council member, I will bring insight regarding the online and traditional student populations of chapter members. I also possess the perspective of a current KDP local chapter with a large and robust student and alumni membership. Finally, as a leader in higher education, I am uniquely familiar with strategies to promote and foster personnel and capital resources for the benefit of club and association benefits.


IMPORTANT: Ballot must be postmarked by March 5, 2020. Mail this ballot to, Kappa Delta Pi, Council Nominations 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158, or fax to 317.704.2324.