Twelve Middlesex County College students were recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for those in the Education program.
“This is an amazing group of future educators who have shown a high level of resilience and adaptability in the face of so many challenges,” said Melissa Luis, advisor to Kappa Delta Pi. “Despite the pandemic, society activities continued and we conducted our business over the summer, making up for the lost events in the spring. We also held many events this fall, including portfolio and resume workshops, technology in the classroom sessions, and an open discussion about COVID-19 and its impact on education and child development.”
The spring inductees include Dream Abuzaid (South River), Theresa Kirby (Sayreville) and Michelle Wojcik (Fords).
Fall inductees were Mohammed Ahmed (Keasbey), Keeley Habiak (Kendall Park), Monica Holon (Sayreville), Nicole Matos (Edison), Madison Menafro (Colonia), Victoria Pennix (Edison), Julia Silva (Port Reading), Nila Suazo-Marino (Woodbridge) and Ania Valle (New Brunswick).
At the induction ceremony, held virtually, two MCC alumni were also honored. Brenda Paez ’16 (Carteret) received the chapter’s Outstanding Member Award. She will be joining the North Brunswick Township Public School District in February as a second grade dual-language teacher.
Miranda Gido ’19 (Edison) received the chapter’s Emerging Leader Award. She is currently in the Elementary Education Program at Kean University.
In addition, recent graduates were also recognized. They will be continuing their education at four-year schools before becoming professional educators.
They are: Jordan Gallagher (South Amboy, attending Rider University), Ashley Gonzalez (New Brunswick, attending City University of New York), Megan McGlynn (Hopelawn, attending Rider University), and Katherine Sung (Old Bridge, attending Kean University), Dream Abuzaid (Montclair State University), Nicole Matos (Montclair State University), Madison Menafro (Salisbury University), and Michelle Wojcik (Fords, attending Rider University). MCC Alumni Briana DeMaio ’18 (Edison) graduated with her BA in Psychology from Rider University and is enrolled in the American Sign Language Certificate Program at MCC.