Limestone Teacher Education Program Graduates First Pi Lambda Theta Class
Limestone College’s Teacher Education program recently graduated a total of seven students as part of its inaugural Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society class.
Those students included Christina Echoles (Elementary Education), Felecia Erwin (Elementary Education), Tessa Faucette (Elementary Education), Madison Holley (Physical Education), Marissa Johnson (Physical Education), Jillian Suarez (Early Childhood Education), and Kaela Williams (Elementary Education).
Pi Lambda Theta, a division of Phi Delta Kappa International, is one of the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies. Established in 1910 at the University of Missouri, Pi Lambda Theta serves to recognize outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in education. With more than 185,000 individuals who have been inducted across the nation, membership signifies a commitment to academic excellence and the teaching profession.
“It is important that we elevate the teaching profession in every way possible,” said Dr. Shelly Meyers, Limestone’s Director of Teacher Education. “Our Teacher Education program has many talented pre-service teachers, so having an honor society is one way we can showcase them. We had 22 students eligible to join Pi Lambda Theta this past semester. We will host an induction ceremony in the fall for all junior and senior students who choose to join.
“We were fortunate to recently receive an anonymous donation of $3,000 to support the honor society,” she continued. “The gift will be used to help pay application fees, induction ceremony expenses, and fund other Pi Lambda Theta activities. We hope that Limestone alumni and other friends of the College will also be willing to support this extremely important honor society.”
Anyone interested in more information about eligibility should contact Meyers at smeyers [at] limestone.edu.
Pi Lambda Theta has a stringent grade point average requirement for membership. Eligible candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and must be one of the following: undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students who intend to pursue a career in education; or current educators, or education professionals/support staff.
Seven years after Pi Lambda Theta was first organized, honorees from six other universities joined to form a national association to advance education as a profession. Members can now be found in all 50 states and in many countries throughout the world.
Pi Lambda Theta offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate scholarships and study abroad for its members.