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Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)/ATE National
Student Teacher/Intern of the Year

Sponsored by the Ken Burrett Fund and
the Ray & Marge Sunderland Memorial Fund 

This award recognizes a student teacher/intern who has demonstrated during his or her student teaching/intern experience an outstanding ability to:

  • Plan and develop a repertoire of classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support the needs and curriculum of all students;
  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and
  • Reflect about the teaching and learning process.

Since the award’s establishment in 1994, KDP and ATE have named a very select few from around the United States as National Student Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes one student teacher/intern annually who has demonstrated the ability to plan and develop classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support all students; establish interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect powerfully on their student teaching experience.

The Ken Burrett Fund was established in 1997, by colleagues in honor of Ken Burrett, Director of Student Teaching, at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. The Ray and Marge Sunderlund Memorial fund was established in 2006, in honor of Ray and Marge who came from Kutztown, PA where Ray was Director of Student teaching at Kutztown University. They contributed many hours of service and constructive ideas to ATE during their many hours of membership. This fund was conflated in August, 2011 and will support outstanding student teaching performance.


The 2021 application period is now open until June 30!

Award winners are acknowledged with a $2,000 scholarship award. 

Parth Shah, University of California- Berkeley,

2018 KDP/ATE Student Teacher of the Year

from top left Jim Whiteman, Lynn Kline, Paul Paese,

Marilyn Nicholas, and recipient Parth Shah


With COVID-19 disrupting the 2019–2020 student teaching field experience, we chose to postpone and award a National First Year Teacher of the Year so we could still recognize this cohort. ATE and KDP are honored to partner for both of these prestigious awards in offering national recognition, at least one speaking engagement, and a $2,000 award to our 2021 student teacher and first-year teacher recipients. 

Criteria

For the Student Teacher/Intern of the Year award, applicants must be an enrolled undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be student teaching/interning full time at a curricular level for which they are eligible for certification.

For the First Year Teacher of the Year award, applicants must be a first-year teacher during the 2020–2021 school year and a 2019–2020 graduate from an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate degree teacher education program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Membership in KDP or ATE is not required to apply.

All applicants must submit an application that includes a lesson plan and a 30-minute video comprised of an introduction, the lesson plan delivered in a classroom setting, and a reflection of the outcome. A nonrefundable $25 entry fee payable to Kappa Delta Pi must accompany each applicant’s submission.

The 2021 application period is now open until June 30! The recipient will be announced on August 31.

For more information with overview, criteria, application, and previous winners click here.

KDP Recipient

Lauren Hornbeak
2019 KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year Baylor University

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, and the Association of Teacher Educators are honored to recognize Lauren Hornbeak of Houston, Texas, as recipient of the 2019 KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year Award. Student teaching Biology at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, laid the groundwork for receiving this prestigious award.


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