Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

Kappa Delta Pi


Xi Rho Chapter

Chapter Leaders & Moderators

Anam Afzal, President

Anam is a senior at St. Francis College, and is currently majoring in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Social Studies. She is a tutor for both the Academic Enhancement Center at SFC and the RENs Program. Anam looks forward to her future career as an educator and hopes to one day inspire her students to be the best they can be. She knows being a part of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society can help to make that possible.

Jillian Signer, Vice President

Jillian is an Adolescent Education Major with a concentration in Mathematics and is currently in her senior year at Saint Francis College. From as far back as Jillian can remember, her favorite subject in school has always been math. She later realized how much she enjoyed working with children so it wasn't long before she realized that she wanted to become a math teacher. She says that it is important that children don't develop a fear of the subject and hopes to help them develop confidence instead. Her goal for now and for the future is to instill her love of the subject of math into others.

Victoria Sortino, Vice President

Victoria Sortino is currently in her senior year studying at Saint Francis College. She currently studies Adolescence Education with a focus in English. Victoria works three part time jobs that all further develop her experience for her career. She enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her friends and family. Victoria has three pets that she loves very much. After graduating from Saint Francis, Victoria hopes to work for a master’s degree in guidance counseling in order to help and change the lives of her students. One day, Victoria hopes to reach for a career in administration and become a principal at a public school.

Christina Somma, Event Coordinator

Christina Somma is currently a senior at St. Francis College pursuing a degree in childhood education with a minor in mathematics. She works two part time jobs, takes part in serving the community, and does teacher observations at a public school located in Brooklyn. One day Christina not only hopes to gain an extension license to teach middle school, but she is also interested in gaining a leadership role at a public school. Christina is determined, hardworking and passionate about her field. She is very excited for what is in store for her in the future, and is ready to take on the challenge of being and educator.

Dr. Marisa Cohen, Moderator

Dr. Marisa Cohen, (Ph. D., Graduate Center, City University of New York) graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology and Society and a minor in Education. She then went on to study Educational Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a concentration in Learning, Development, and Instruction. Her dissertation focused on interventions which facilitate the acquisition and retention of science vocabulary. She has since replicated her findings with different populations.

While she continues to examine ways to instruct students in the science domain, her current research interests include the ability of students to assess their own knowledge, self-regulate, and adequately prepare for exams. She also recently began research in the area of relationship science, and has created the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab ( with Dr. Karen Wilson.

Beyond her teaching commitments, Dr. Cohen has served on the Graduate Student Issues Committee for the Northeastern Educational Research Association, and is the co-chair of the National Graduate Student Committee for Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. In this role, she works with graduate students from all over the country to help build a community in which research can be shared and students can work collaboratively.

Dr. Peter Leibman, Moderator

Dr. Leibman is Director of Student Teaching at St. Francis College. He previously served as a school principal K-12, assistant principal, director of planning, athletic director and teacher. Two of the schools where he was an administrator were identified as schools of excellence. As a school administrator, he helped raise test scores in every discipline, improved instruction and attendance, and created numerous innovative curriculum designs. Dr. Leibman was awarded a doctorate from St. John's University, Professional Diploma and Masters from City University of New York and a Bachelor's Degree from St. Francis College.

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Anam Afzal
Jillian Signer
Victoria Sortino
Christina Somma
Dr. Marisa Cohen
Dr. Peter Leibman


1. What is Kappa Delta Pi?

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power.

2. How can I become involved in the Xi Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi?

In order to become involved in Kappa Delta Pi, you must become a member. To become a member, please contact one of our chapter leaders for more information. We will be accepting members until January 30, 2015.

3. Do I need to be an Education major to become a member a member of Kappa Delta Pi?

Yes, in order to become a member of Kappa Delta Pi you must be an Education major. Through its programs, services, and products, Kappa Delta Pi supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers. This support is essential to inaugurating and retaining the best and brightest professionals in the field of education.

4. How do I find out about Kappa Delta Pi events?

There are a number of ways to find out about all of Kappa Delta Pi's events. You can check this page regularly for updates, join our Facebook group "Kappa Delta Pi SFC", check the Events Section on the SFC Homepage, or the TV screens located around school.

5. What is the difference between Kappa Delta Pi and the Education Society?

Kappa Delta Pi is a Honor Society that seeks recognize and honor achievement, leadership, and growth in the field of education.

Kappa Delta Pi is synonymous with scholarship, teaching, and service. The organization continues to strive to meet the changing needs of educators and their students, as well as provide member educators resources and opportunities that encourage innovative and best practices. Through publications, conferences, online resources, networking of education leaders, and strategic partnerships, Kappa Delta Pi focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of the profession and its individual teachers.

The Education Society is a group that sponsors various community-related events for underprivileged children. These events help promote educational and social growth in the children and provide the club members with field experience.

6. When can I join the Xi Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi?

The Xi Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi will be accepting new students for membership into the society at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Members Corner

Rules of Xi Rho Chapter

-I will communicate through my SFC email account.

-I am not allowed to bring non-members into meetings, unless it is stated that a meeting is open to all students.

-As a student teacher, I have to attend at least one meeting, and at least one event.
(Note: Updated information from meetings will be sent to student teachers via email.)

  • Inductees MUST obtain 10 points during the semester (through meetings, fundraising, & KDP held events) so they may receive acceptance into the chapter.
  • Current members MUST participate in 2 events.

Point System - PIIP

Meetings: 1 point for attendance

Career Development: 3 points for participation/attendance

Community Service and Volunteer: 1 point per hour of participation

Fundraising Events: 1 point per event for participation

  • Inductees MUST obtain 10 points during the semester (through meetings, fundraising, & KDP held events) that they receive acceptance into the chapter.
  • Current members MUST participate in 2 events but will be rewarded for earning 10 points. (Current members who obtain 10 points will receive a recommendation letter from one of our moderators.)
  • Student teachers MUST participate in 1 event.


Kappa Delta Pi Events & Activities

iLead Conference


When: February 22nd, 2015

Where: St. Francis College Brooklyn, NY

What is the iLead Workshop?
KDP iLead Workshops will support the first Leadership Month at KDP in February 2015. The iLead workshop will help members become more effective teacher leaders. Offered as a full day interactive institute for individual growth and development, it is also a chance to connect with other KDP members. Participants will take part in small and large group activities designed to help them learn about how transformational leadership works for educators and how to create and implement a vision. Members will learn practical leadership skills and increase their capacity for making a difference in the lives of their students, their school building, and education overall.

After participating in iLead, members will:

  • Be able to articulate what their educational vision is and be able to communicate that vision to others.
  • Make connections between their vision and transformative leadership in the classroom.
  • Leave being able to identify themselves as a teacher leader –from an increased awareness of their personal gifts as an educator and understanding of how that has shaped their educational vision.
  • Show that they can compare their vision with the reality of teaching today, analyze the source/cause of any differences, and use their vision to identify areas of improvement and setting goals towards change.
  • Use and apply the necessary skills needed to effectively implement change as they work towards their vision.
  • Know how to seek out and build relationships (mentors, peers, support groups) to foster the growth and development of their vision. They will know how to create and inspire others to a shared vision of the future.
  • Leave encouraged, energized, and confident to face the challenges ahead.

Who should attend?
Active KDP members – undergraduate and graduate students, and any active members of KDP! Locations for iLead have been selected based on the convenience and centrality of their location. This is an opportunity for KDP members to meet face-to-face with one another and make professional connections throughout the area. Not only is this an opportunity for professional development, it’s a wonderful opportunity for students within chapters to meet future colleagues and like-minded peers.

All chapters within driving distance to a location are strongly encouraged to register at least one person for the day.

Registration Information
Registration is $25 per person and includes workshop materials and lunch. There is no charge to substitute members. No refunds will be given for cancellations occurring less than two weeks before the event.

Questions regarding the iLead Workshop or your chapter’s participation can be directed to Dr. Marisa T. Cohen, Dr. Peter Leibman, or Sarah Zike, KDP Director of Membership and Chapter Services, by emailing or calling 800-284-3167.