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Dr. Angela Kern, Pfeiffer University Education Professor, receives Cornetet Award from Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation

Angela Kern resizedDr. Angela Kern, associate professor of elementary education, Pfeiffer University, has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation. It is a nonprofit organization that supports the goals of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an association that promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

The $1,000 award will allow Dr. Kern, an Asheboro resident, to participate in a train the trainer workshop offered by Thinking Maps®, a tool that helps teachers and teacher educators fully understand the ways learners process and understand information. Upon completion of the workshop, Dr. Kern will be certified to share the information with her Pfeiffer colleagues and students. She also plans to present what she learns at the Delta Kappa Gamma (Eta State Chapter) Conference in Greenville, N.C., and the organization's international conference in 2014.

“Dr. Kern is a proven educational leader whose participation in Thinking Maps® Train the Trainer will have a significant impact on student achievement,” said Dr. Dawn Lucas, dean of Pfeiffer University's division of education. “Its purpose, to facilitate creative and critical thinking across curricula, aligns perfectly with Pfeiffer's commitment to engaged learning and critical thinking—for our students as well as those they will eventually teach.”

According to Dr. Elsie Gross, chair of the board of trustees for the Educational Foundation, approximately $40,000 is awarded annually to outstanding educators to enable their participation in professional development activities in their respective fields. The awards are funded by a bequest to Delta Kappa Gamma Society International from the estate of Lucile Cornetet, a longtime Ohio-based educator and Society member.

Overall, 703 graduates of Pfeiffer University's division of education are currently teaching in North Carolina public schools. A particular point of pride is a 100 percent employment rate for the division of education members from the class of May 2012. In addition to its traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in education, Pfeiffer maintains partnerships with several Stanly County Schools that allow upper-level pre-service teachers to experience meaningful hands-on classroom teaching. To encourage teacher assistants to obtain a teaching license, Pfeiffer offers a 40 percent tuition reduction to those employed in Stanly County Public Schools and several adjacent school districts.

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