Kaufman, an elementary education major, will spend nine days in June touring and studying the culture of Greece. She was one of 20 students to receive an award, aimed at shaping globally aware teachers. Recipients will participate in travel experiences in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Peru and Spain.
Kaufman, a KDP officer on the Linfield campus, will tour Athens, Delphi, Olympia and other cities, visiting sites such as the Acropolis, the Delphi Museum and the Temple of Poseidon. She said travel experiences such as this are helpful to incorporate into the classroom setting.
"Itâ€™s nice be able to show my students specific areas of interest instead of just pointing to a map," said Kaufman, who studied in France and Italy during a Linfield January Term course in 2007. "Travel helps you to learn how to communicate with all sorts of people and as a teacher, that's important."
Kaufman is currently student teaching in the third grade classroom of Jane Apel at Dayton Elementary School and she has also taught kindergarten at Newby Elementary School. She will earn a degree from Linfield June 1 and hopes to have her own classroom in the fall.
One challenge she's finding as a teacher is that she constantly thinks about her students and classroom issues.
"I take everyoneâ€™s lives home with me and think about them," she said. "Thereâ€™s no swipe card to clock out and be done for the day."
Nancy Drickey, chair of the Linfield education department and KDP chapter counselor, praised Kaufman's dedication to education and her interest in children.
"She's a very dynamic young woman who cares about kids," said Drickey.
In addition to KDP, Kaufman is a member of Alpha Phi sorority, where she has served as director of parental events and director of new member education.
Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, is committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support and professional growth for educational professionals.