April 15, 2016 at 10:45am
Dane Lisser

School of Education students inducted into Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

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Millikin University education majors were inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) Education Honor Society during a ceremony hosted by Millikin's School of Education on April 13 in Lower Richards Treat University Center.

Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. As an honor society, Pi Lambda Theta's purpose is to recognize persons of superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership.

The ceremony on April 13 featured 20 students inducted into the honor society. Millikin's School of Education has a total of 33 new members in Pi Lambda Theta this spring, the highest number of students the School of Education has had.

"The Pi Lambda Theta Society is an association that recognizes scholarship and leadership in educators," said Dr. Christie Magoulias, director of Millikin's School of Education. "The students who were inducted have held a 3.5 GPA, and either put leadership in their major or potential leadership if they're a young student looking to become leaders in education as they move forward."

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As a professional society, the purpose of Pi Lambda Theta is to stimulate independent-thinking educators who can ask critical questions to improve educational decision making. The society seeks to foster leadership among educators; endeavor to improve the status of educators; foster creativity and academic excellence at all educational levels; support, extend and interpret the function of education in a democracy; and promote professional fellowship and cooperation as a means to positive action.

"We have very high standards for educators," said Dr. Magoulias. "When the students work with our faculty they are doing in depth assessments during our courses and each of these assessments have a key piece of Performance Learning within them. This includes working in the field, internships and after-school programs. What we produce are highly qualified educators for instruction in the state of Illinois or beyond."  

PLT also provides tailored resources to help students grow professionally, including: opportunities to travel abroad and learn about education in other countries; recognition and funding through PLT's numerous scholarship and awards programs; and networking opportunities through online communities and local chapters.

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Christina Wilke, a senior elementary education major from Wheaton, Ill., and president of Millikin's Pi Lambda Theta Chapter, hopes to see more presence of Pi Lambda Theta on Millikin's campus.

"We want to show how important this society is to all education majors," Wilke said. "Moving forward, I would like to see the society host events and be able to make people aware of the things that go on with education."

Wilke added, "My opportunities within the School of Education have been huge. I've been put into many different placements that have provided the right experiences." 

The following students were inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society on April 13.

Kristi Adams, a senior elementary education major from Decatur, Ill.

Rebecca Boliard, a senior elementary education major from Decatur, Ill.

Laura Brenneisen, a senior elementary education major from Springfield, Ill.

Jordan Brewer, a sophomore early childhood education major from Blue Mound, Ill.

Stacey Burnett, a junior early childhood education major from Decatur, Ill.

Anna Brutlag, a senior elementary education major from Milford, Ill.

Amber Crouch, a senior mathematics secondary teaching major from Decatur, Ill.

Taylor Edwards, a senior elementary education major from Sherman, Ill.

Meaghan Grady, a junior elementary education major from Frankfort, Ill.

Cori Grzenia, a junior music education-vocal major from Lombard, Ill.

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Tyler Haub, a junior English secondary teaching major from West Branch, Iowa.

Victoria Hall, a junior music education-instrumental major from Malden, Ill.

Kendall Kott, a junior music education-vocal major from Lombard, Ill.

Breanna Ninmer, a sophomore elementary education major from Taylorville, Ill.

Kaitlyn Norris, a junior elementary education major from Palmer, Ill.

Megan Reifsteck, a senior elementary education major from Champaign, Ill.

Jacquelynn Ruot, a sophomore early childhood education major from Niantic, Ill.

Natalie Smith, a junior music education-vocal major from Evergreen Park, Ill.

Kyli Thompson-Michael, a senior elementary education major from Foosland, Ill.

Ashley Wright, a junior elementary education major from Mokena, Ill.

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For more information on the PLT programs and benefits, visit pilambda.org.