Kelin McDavid Receives Kappa Fellowship for Elementary Teaching

Kelin McDavid Receives Kappa Fellowship for Elementary Teaching

Kelin McDavid

SESP’s second Kappa Kappa Gamma fellow, Kelin McDavid, is excited to become an elementary school teacher because she has already experienced the rewards of teaching preschool. McDavid, who graduated from Emory University and taught children aged two to five in Atlanta, is the second Master of Science in Education (MSEd) student to be awarded the Kappa fellowship.

This SESP fellowship was established by a group of Northwestern alumnae who are members of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. The goal of the more than 50 donors to the fund is to make a contribution to high-quality elementary education that will have an impact on the lives of children in years to come. To attract the best and brightest to elementary education, the fellowship is awarded to an outstanding MSEd student who intends to teach at the elementary school level.

McDavid had a swift rise at the Clifton School, a private preschool for children of the faculty and staff of Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and other Georgia healthcare organizations. She began as a camp counselor the summer after her graduation from Emory University and was soon promoted to a full-time, year-round teaching role, a position she held for two years.

What makes McDavid’s teaching position at the Clifton School all the more impressive is the fact that she did not go to college to become an educator but rather earned a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences in 2010. Her initial experience working with children was as a summer camp counselor during high school and college. One summer while working in a biology lab, she realized that she did not get nearly as much out of it as she did teaching at summer camps. As McDavid says, “After that summer, I knew that education is really what I love doing.”

As McDavid begins the Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern, she brings her significant experience as a classroom teacher with her. For instance, one of McDavid’s main daily goals as an educator is to create a positive classroom environment. “I want to create a place where it is easy to love learning. In my experience, if students are set up to see learning as an enjoyable process then they will be more likely to also view learning positively in the later grades,” she says.

McDavid is excited to teach in the early elementary grades, most likely kindergarten through third grade. As an avid reader, she enjoys building students’ reading skills. “When you are teaching a child to read, you are opening up a whole world for them to explore,” McDavid says. She enjoys teaching students from diverse backgrounds, and after two years as a preschool teacher she can see herself being in the classroom for years to come.

While she has already developed classroom and curriculum management skills as a preschool teacher, McDavid is coming to Northwestern to deepen and broaden her base in instructional theory. As part of the MSEd program, she will learn education research methods, become informed about best practices and hone her teaching skills.

McDavid says, “I am thrilled and honored to be given the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fellowship, and it is very much a part of my being able to attend Northwestern. The MSEd program was my number one choice, and I know that I will receive an excellent education.”

By Samantha Adler, Shawn Gavin and Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 10/6/12