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Delta Kappa Gamma Hosts Workshop in Wylie for Women in Education

9/14/2022

Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization for women educators, held its area workshop at Cooper Junior High this past weekend. 

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society for women to promote and support each other in the education profession. With chapters in every state, the organization has grown to 226 chapters in Texas alone. 

Members pose for a picture.

Members were celebrated for their years of membership at the workshop at Cooper.

“The purpose of this workshop was to get different chapters together within the district to network and do professional development,” Pam Hennigan, Dodd Elementary teacher and member of the teacher-led society, said. “There’s so much experience and knowledge within our society, we share with others.” 

The workshop brought over 175 ladies into the area from Collin, Dallas and Grayson counties. 

“This is also a great opportunity to showcase Wylie, the teachers that love it and bring revenue into the Wylie area for the day,” Hennigan said.

Wylie Mayor Matthew Porter issued the chapter a proclamation, making Sept. 10 as Delta Kappa Gamma/Nu Gamma Day. 

Mayor and members pose.

Wylie Mayor Matthew Porter, Gamma Nu President Sarah Sponsel, member Liz Garret and Superintendent Dr. David Vinson commemorate the mayor’s proclamation of Sept. 10 as Delta Kappa Gamma/Nu Gamma Day. 

The Wylie chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, known as Nu Gamma, was chartered in 2016. 

“We now have 25 members who are currently employed or recently retired from Wylie ISD,” Hennigan said. “Our number one mission within our chapter is to philanthropically develop and support our fellow teachers, but also assist with programs that benefit the students of Wylie ISD and our community.” 

Women used to only be able to join the society with an invitation. Now anyone can join. 

“If you love doing philanthropic things for our kids and teachers, we’d love for you to join,” Hennigan said. “We’re always looking for new members.”

Delta Kappa Gamma members seek to make new teachers feel welcome. Using social-emotional learning tactics from weekend home visits with coffee-in-hand, to surprise duty takeovers, members want to help Wylie ISD retain teachers. 

“It’s nice for teachers to help teachers,” Hennigan said. “There is so much experience and knowledge within our society, we should share with others.”

The society does fun things too; it’s not just business.

“We have holiday parties and play Bunco,” Hennigan said. “It’s a way to get you out of school with a new set of teacher friends.”

Educators interested in joining Delta Kappa Gamma can reach out to dkgnugamma@gmail.com to learn about upcoming events. 

“Members join to grow their professional relationships, enjoy the sisterhood of local, state, and international events, and enrich their professional opportunities through society awards such as scholarships and grants,” Nu Gamma President Sarah Sponsel said.

For more information about the society, visit www.DKGtexas.org or the local chapter site at https://sites.google.com/view/nugammadkg/welcome