Dutchtown High School’s Mindy Rose named Kappa Delta Pi ‘Teacher of Honor’

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Mindy Rose

Mindy Rose, cooperative education coordinator and teacher at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, is the latest recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. Rose joins a select group of educators who have been recognized with this honor.

Rose has been with Dutchtown High School since 2010, teaching family and consumer science. She is extremely committed to her students, going beyond her teaching role by serving as an adviser for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and for the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

In her role as adviser of the high school’s FCCLA chapter, a student community service organization focused on family and consumer sciences, she brought a campaign to prevent texting and driving to the Geismar community. The chapter was named first-place winner of the community service award at the state FCCLA leadership conference for its contributions to Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana. Rose was also awarded the 2013 FCCLA Master Adviser Award.

At the Louisiana DECA Career Development Conference—which prepares emerging high school leaders in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality and management—the Dutchtown chapter received an Outstanding DECA Chapter Award and Rose won the Outstanding Chapter Adviser Award.

“Great teachers change lives by inspiring students to recognize their gifts and to learn how to use them inside and outside of the classroom,” said Kappa Delta Pi International President Dr. Beth Wilkins. “We are so proud of the work Mindy has done to improve the lives of the students at Dutchtown High School. She has, no doubt, made them better students, people, and members of the community.”

Rose is also committed to giving back to the Dutchtown teaching community by serving as a mentor teacher and passing on her experiences, strategies, and successes with students and parents to new teachers.

“I know Ms. Rose both professionally and personally. I have a special needs daughter who attends Dutchtown High School where Ms. Rose teaches,” said Marilyn Lambert, Ascension Parish Court Judge. “Though my daughter is unable to function as a regular education student, Ms. Rose made her feel like she was part of the class and always treated her the same as the other students. She also encouraged the other students to mentor [her] and treat her like one of their own. As parents, my husband and I appreciate the extra effort that made such a difference in [her] life.”

Since the award’s establishment in 2008, KDP has named a very select few from around the world as Teachers of Honor. To earn this designation, an educator must have more than three years of classroom teaching experience, submit evidence of professional development, leadership, community service, and exceptional contributions to the education profession, and demonstrate a commitment to integrity and high standards in the classroom. The award recognizes teachers of all levels, from early childhood instructors to university faculty members. To learn more about the designation, go to http://www.kdp.org/recognition/teacherofhonor.php.

About Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of nearly 40,000 worldwide.