Kelley Cordeiro

While most of our recipients are recent high school graduates, Kelley shows that education never ends. She is currently working on her doctorate in education at Molloy College after an impressive previous academic career that included inductions into the Delta Kappa Gamma lnternational Honor Society for Women Educators, and the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society.

Cordeiro chose a mid-life career that allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom and that took her back to school. Her long-term goal is to be “an agent of change in diverse learning communities.”

“I hope that after earning my doctorate I will be an even stronger advocate for my students and also an example for my own children that commitment and determination can help you overcome any obstacles.”

While the impact of her essential tremor can be seen daily in her life, she refuses to let it dictate who she is. She definitely will not let it get in the way of her goals.

“I take on extra teaching opportunities to help cover the cost of my tuition, which increases my stress level and increases my tremor,” Cordeiro said. “But it is not an excuse I am willing to let stand in my way or prevent me from achieving my goals.”