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Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education

Margaret “Peg” Kirkey and her husband William “Bill” Kirkey ’63 BUS have pledged $20,000 to establish the Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education. The endowment honors and recognizes outstanding creativity in teaching by an undergraduate student majoring in an early childhood education degree program.
Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education

William and Margaret Kirkey

Margaret “Peg” Kirkey and her husband William “Bill” Kirkey ’63 BUS have pledged $20,000 to establish the Margaret and William Kirkey Award for Creative Education. The endowment honors and recognizes outstanding creativity in teaching by an undergraduate student majoring in an early childhood education degree program.

The Kirkeys believe that the best way to engage this generation of students in the learning process is to immerse them in a creative, tech-savvy classroom environment. Through Peg’s time as a teacher and Bill’s volunteer work at their church in Christian education, they have found that every student learns in a different way. The Kirkeys believe, however, that nearly every student in this generation understands and responds to technology and creativity in the classroom.

“It seems that education today is focused on meeting the requirements of state and national examinations,” said Peg. “It is important to us that students enjoy learning and that they have creative teachers who make school fun.”

Bill graduated from Penn State in 1963 and went on to work for DuPont for forty-three years in several industries including manufacturing and  information technologies. Before her senior year, Peg left Penn State to be with her husband. She completed her B.S. degree in elementary and kindergarten education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1973.

Peg continued to follow her husband's career and taught in many schools across the country. Peg currently serves as a member of the Dean's Development Council at the College of Education at Penn State.

The Kirkeys have two children and three grandchildren. Their daughter, Heather DeLancey, is a '90 BUS graduate, and is now a high school math teacher. Their eldest grandson is currently a sophomore at Penn State in the College of Engineering, and their granddaughter, Lauren, will be a freshman in the College of Nursing next fall.

(June 2014)