NSPDK'S PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY
As a professional organization of well-trained and effective educators in all components of the learning spectrum, NSPDK is dedicated to training youth and adults to develop and enhance those skills, abilities, attitudes and ethics that will prepare them to function successfully in a democratic society.
The Y. E. S. (Youth, Education, Service) program guides us in the work we perform. We provide workshops for teacher development and mentoring; parent workshops on the new trends in education and how to help children succeed with the Common Core Standards.
The Purpose of our sorority is:
To stimulate personal growth among teachers
To foster a true spirit of sisterhood
To promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession
To encourage the development of the potential of our youth
WHO WE ARE
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. (NSPDK) is a nonprofit, educational sorority founded by eight educators desiring to establish a sisterhood among teachers and promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession. NSPDK was the idea of Gladys Merritt Ross, who, on Good Friday, March 30, 1923, convened a group of young teachers from Jersey City Normal School in Jersey City, New Jersey to discuss the idea of forming a sorority.
Eight members of those present concurred, and Newark attorney, J. Mercer Burrell, incorporated the new organization on May 23, 1923 - which is now recognized as the official Founders Day. Because the original members were all minors, their parents or guardians, Dr. G.E. Cannon, Mr. J.L. Merritt, Mrs. Lottie Cooper and Mrs. Estelle Morris became trustees.
The eight founders are Gladys Merritt Ross (Mother Founder), Julia Asbury Barnes, Ella Wells Butler, Marguerite Gross, Florence Steele Hunt, Edna McConnell, Gladys Cannon Nunery and Mildred Morris Williams.
"Every Soror Participate-Through Extraordinary Service in Education"
Meet Our Midwest Regional Director Tiffany M. Pritchett
Tiffany M. Pritchett professionally serves as the Westwood Heights School District lead Counselor for Hamady Middle/High School, which is comprised of student’s grade 7th-12th. She has been servicing students to reach their potential post-secondary graduation for 16 years in public education. She has been actively involved in the leadership team to improve daily and academic processes in the district. She is a member of the Genesee Area Counseling Association, she has served as a President and newsletter editor.
Tiffany grew up in a loving environment and was always able to explore her creative side. She participated in many extracurricular activities, but education was always at the forefront. After graduating from Flint Southwestern Academy she continued her education at Tuskegee University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has a passion for helping others and decided to earn her Masters in Counseling from Michigan State University. After working in the field of education as a counselor for 6yrs she later earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.
Since 2019, Tiffany has served as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Midwest Region Regional Director. Tiffany was initiated into the sorority’s Gamma Delta Chapter in 2008. She has been a proud member for 14 years with proven dedication and service to the organization. She has held many leadership positions within the sorority, such as serving as President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, and Hub-Parent Advisor in Gamma Delta chapter. On the regional level, she served as Regional Leadership chairperson for 4yrs. She currently serves as member of the National Executive Council and a member of the Leadership committee.
We have a three-point program that serves our local communities. Y.E.S. (Youth, Education, and Service.)
Chapters are committed to sponsoring a variety of community activities that will enable and inspire the youth to attain high ethical, educational, moral, and social standards. Students receive life skills support, academic assistance, test-taking procedures, study skills, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and socialization training.
Chapters with a KOT are committed to offering a variety of experiences that will enable the college guidance group to become competent, dedicated, and effective educators. The chapter provides guidance, career counseling, community service opportunities, educational advice, and training in leadership skills for female college students. All interested candidates must display good moral character and maintain at least a “C+” grade point average.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The test of a great teacher is not how many questions you can ask your students that they will answer readily, but how many questions you inspired your students to ask which you find it hard to answer.”