Chapter Ballot 2022
2022 AES Chapter Executive Board Ballot
Voting will be open from March 9, 2022, through March 23, 2022. Thank you for voting!!
For your information, each nominee was asked to answer the following questions: 1) What is your experience with KDP and your involvement in the chapter? 2) What do you bring to this particular position and what is your vision for our chapter? and 3) What is your applicable academic and/or professional experience? Note: Not every position has multiple nominees.
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Cast your vote for Chapter President:
Alizabeth Morlock - For the last 2 years I have been president of our AES Chapter, and a member of KDP for over 5 years. My first term as president began just moments after the world shutdown from Covid-19. Everything changed overnight. Throughout it working with our dedicated board members we changed the look to how our monthly meetings for members would continue. Bringing interactive, engaging, relevant content to our members is at the forefront of my vision once more. My vision for this term would be to continued to grow as a chapter educators strive to be apart of. Bring in activities and guest to speak about real world issues we will see in the classroom. Diversity, equity, and mental health for education is a personal priority I would work towards sharing with our AES members. My goals were changed almost immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic began. So I am not done yet with making our AES Chapter a rewarding, amazing, and beneficial community to educators. Recently I graduated with my Bachelors at WGU for educational studies and am looking into pursuing my Masters degree in the future. Daily I work as a preschool age teacher full-time. I am also a member of NAEYC · National Association for the Education of Young Children. Prior work of mine has been with youth who have struggled with mental health and crisis stabilization.
Cast your vote for Chapter Vice-President:
Rose Saliger - I have worked on both the Professional Development and Celebration of Teaching committees in Kappa Delta Pi. I have been a member of KDP since 2018. I would like to bring ideas and tips to collaborate on but also would love to work as a team with the other chapter members to provide new and engaging content to our current educators and future educators. I believe that the education system is always evolving and I would like to help in any way that I can to make transitions smoother whether it be technology tips and tricks, tips to balance work and life goals, helping educators navigate through the pandemic, and much more. I am excited about how much the chapter has grown and will continue to grow. I am glad to be a part of it. I have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from WGU and working on my Master's degree in Science Education (Secondary Earth Science). I have worked on both the Professional Development and Celebration of Teaching committees in Kappa Delta Pi.
Cast your vote for Chapter Secretary:
Alexis Foster - I joined KDP in 2021/ In my first year I have attended app KDP and the Celebration of Teacher's Committee meetings. We have met every other Monday to discuss how to keep teachers engaged and connected with their students, so that they can continue to do what they love and not lose interest. It was interesting to hear other's opinions and their point of view. As a group we discussed ideas on what we could gift other teacher that we thought could use a little extra love. This process was fun and heartwarming. I felt so fortunate that I was also able to attend this year's virtual convo. I learned many tools and technics that have helped me in instructing my students. I especially enjoyed the different presenters, and the ability to choose what sessions I wanted to attend. I feel the knowledge I have learned since being involved with KDP has inspired me to become the teacher I thrive to be. I am highly organized. I am accessible. I am open receptive. I can easily adapt and acclimate to a variety of different personalities and working conditions. My vision would be to inspire other to excel and be the best they can be. In doing so, they can share their light with their students who in turn can share their sparkle with all those they come into contact with. I am graduating with a B.S. in Special Education and General Education for elementary children. I have an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education. I also have an A.A.S. in Theater Arts. I have worked in a school for the last 8 years. In these eight years I have been a building substitute, musical director for grades 3-12. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for a self-contained classroom. Once I graduate, my goal is to teach and remain in a self-contained setting.
Cast your vote for Chapter Treasurer:
Rachael Grillo - I have been a member of KDP since around 2012, when I completed my bachelor degree with WGU. I stayed on through my master's degree and now that I am pursuing graduate degrees elsewhere. I have twice been treasurer, including currently. I've held this position for a total of 4 years over the course of my involvement with WGU. I work well with Sydney to account for all monies in our various accounts and where the funds should be allocated. Because the treasurer has no access to the bank account, it is imperative that they're able to work closely with our faculty counselors to track all funds. Sydney and I have developed a system to meet regularly and work on the shared spreadsheet together to maximize efficiency. I have a corporate background and I am familiar with the type of work needed to maintain cash flow and tracking. I've been associated with WGU since 2009 and though graduated, I maintain affiliation as an alumnus. I've held the KDP AES treasurer position twice with success both times. I come from a corporate background and I am familiar with the type of work needed to maintain cash flow and tracking. Sydney and I make the work effortless, error free, and efficient for the chapter.
Cast your vote for Chapter Membership Chair:
Alexander Taves - I joined KDP about a year ago, and have attended many meetings since (and watched recordings of the meetings I missed due to work!). I am an aspiring teacher about halfway through my degree and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this organization for the community, professional development, mentoring, and information that it provides. The position of Membership Chair stood out to me straight away! I am currently a program manager at Silicon Valley Education Foundation where I am the lead on College Mentor hiring and professional development. I would bring 2.5 years of experience where I have grown in my abilities of professional development planning, retention strategies, and of course survey/form creation and debriefing. My vision for our chapter would be well communicated Meeting and Event Sessions with increased attendance, more thorough engagement, and increased education about what our organization provides its members. As mentioned before, I have worked for 2.5 years as a program manager at the largest Bay Area Educational Non-Profit in charge of college mentor hiring and professional development. My experience has always been based in education, where before my current position I served as a tutor/advisor/and after school teacher in my hometown across elementary to high school. In my youth I served multiple terms as Senior Patrol Leader of my local Boy Scout Chapter where I got my first taste of leadership of my 30-40 fellow peers.
Cast your vote for Chapter Historian:
Ashley DeGroate - I was Social Media Coordinator for the last 2 years. I helped set up our Instagram page and helped with friendly reminders about our chapter meetings on Facebook. I also helped moderate the chat box during our monthly KDP meetings. I also take care of the attendance for our perfect attendance award for the end of the year. I would like to make the historian a vital position on the board. I want to help create a blog on our chapter website to keep our members updated. I would also like to help create a chapter yearbook so our members can look back on the amazing things we have worked on throughout the year. I feel like I could bring some of my experience from working on our social media pages that can help with our chapter website. I would also like to encourage more of our members to check out our chapter website as well. I am working on my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education currently. I am a daycare teacher and we update our private Facebook group on what is going on in our classroom. I create a newsletter about what we will be doing that week. I like to keep my families at work updated on our daily life in our classroom.
Cast your vote for Social Media Coordinator:
Bethany Bradford - I became a member of KDP this past October and am part of the Celebration of Teaching Committee. I enjoy being a part of the social media groups for this chapter and have coordinated social media for previous employment and also for my two dogs. I envision a social media presence that allows members to be more active and engage in discussion with one another more. I have run a social media page for previous employers before. I have also taken business courses that explain the relevance of social media in today’s day and age.
Tiffany Kline - I have been a member since October 2020. I have been involved with both the celebration of teaching committee and the professional development committee. Last year, I got an award for perfect attendance. I would like to bring a new form of outreach and connection with this position. I would love to see the chapter be more well known and I’d love to see students get excited about getting a letter to join.
Kimberly Lewis - I joined October 2020, and I have attended every meeting. I have wanted to be more involved for awhile now. I have a previous degree in mass communication with dual specialties in internet publication and social media from the University of Utah. I've written social media plans with huge ROIs for large companies, and I've also been a web developer, user experience coordinator, and have moderated online communities as well. Degree: BA Mass Communication, Internet Publication/Social Media. In progress: BS Secondary Education - Biology Work: The Family Learning Tree: HealthFULL Eating division. Social Media Coordinator/Manager, Science Writer. G/O Digital: Web development, social media management and integration, instructional video creator. Western Slope In-Home Care: Personal Care Assistant, PR Manager
Jessica Martz - I have been a member of KDP for a little over six years. In the past six years, I have been in different roles on the executive board. My first two years, I served as secretary, ensuring that the meeting records were accurately kept and up-to-date. The last four years, I have served as Vice President. While in this role, I was the committee chair for the LIteracyAlive! and Celebration of Teaching committee. Throughout the years I was the committee chair for our service projects, we got recognition from KDP for outstanding work. To this particular position, I bring social media experience and familiarity with our chapter. I have experience being an admin in two large Facebook groups and I also run a business Facebook page. My vision for our chapter includes the following: providing members a place to network with each other, supporting our members wherever they are in their career/schooling, and doing what we can to improve the field of education. As a social media coordinator, I would like to make sure members have a safe and welcoming platform to ask questions related to KDP and teaching. Additionally, I would like to post relevant articles that I feel would be helpful to our members as well as create posts that would engage members in conversations with one another. In addition, I would also make it a goal to post a few inspirational quotes each week on social media. I have a bachelor's in Secondary Education with a concentration in English and Communication from Penn State, a master's in ESL from WGU, and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from WGU. For the past three years, I have worked as an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.
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