The ceremony was held on Oct. 22 in the Rose Lecture Hall on Lee’s campus.
The ceremony highlighted the impact these educators have had in their classrooms and each was presented with a pin and certificate honoring their achievement. The honorees include Connie Bancroft, Athena Davis and Beth Sargent.
Bancroft has served the teaching profession for a total of 33 years. She has been teaching third grade at Prospect Elementary School for 32 years. Bancroft is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, International Reading Association, Tennessee Reading Association, Red Clay Council Reading Association, Bradley County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, and National Education Association. She also serves as the yearbook chair, corresponding secretary and treasurer for Delta Kappa Gamma and is the president elect and the celebrate literacy chair for RCCRA.
Along with this honor Bancroft has been nominated for the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, Building Level Teacher of the Year, System Level Teacher of the Year, and has been chosen six times for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Davis has been in the education profession for 12 years. She currently teaches English at Cleveland High School and has been a Tennessee Holocaust Commission Teacher Fellow since 2006. Along with her superior performance in the classroom, Davis has been active in the community of Cleveland High. She has been a sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, and Model UN. Davis is also the founding sponsor of Raider Reads Faculty/Student Book Club.
Sargent is currently a kindergarten teacher at Prospect Elementary. Over the past 22 years she has served the education profession as a K through third-grade teacher. Along with teaching, Sargent has been a Kumon math coach, K-12 activities coordinator, and preschool chairperson. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Red Clay Council Reading Association. In 2010, Sargent was named Prospect Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Kappa Delta Pi also recognized this semester’s 30 new inductees including: Olivia Bledsoe, Heather Boyd, Amanda Brewer, Bridget Bunch, Rachel Campbell, Angela Childers, Dana Church, Whitney Day, Kaylee Gallagher, Maria Gerecke, Hollie German, Shana Hakanson, Julie Hardesty, Asa Harris, Hannah Hazelwood, Roseanna Hernandez, Stephanie Hilliard, Marcella Hoppel, Amy Humberd, Lauren Karnes, Wesley Kennedy, Heerak Kim, Jenna Kirk, Aimee Passavant, Lacey Richards, Kirsten Seeberger, Allison Sharpe, Maria Shepherd, Mariah Varner and Morgan Wade.
Kappa Delta Pi seeks to encourage high professional, intellectual, and personal standards to recognize outstanding contributions in education. Founded in 1911, the society became an International Honor Society in Education in 1981.
For more information on the honorees or Kappa Delta Pi, please call the Helen DeVos College of Education at 423-614-8175.