A Student’s Commitment to Servant Leadership

By Raven Padgett, Howard Magazine

photo by Ron Ceasar


Kendall Isadore discovered Howard on a visit to Washington, D.C., when she was just six years old.
By the time she performed as a backup vocalist for Roberta Flack (Mus.Ed.’58) while still a senior in high
school in Indiana, she was certain she would one day share the same alma mater as Flack.

The senior has flourished at the University, taking advantage of the full Howard experience. An accomplished violinist and classically trained pianist, she is a member of the Howard Chamber Orchestra and a vocalist in the Howard Gospel Choir. During the 2008-2009 academic year, she also served as Miss Howard University, representing the University at CEASAR numerous events. She will serve another term during the 2009-2010 school year.

Mindful of her status as a role model to young people, she also tutors for the Washington, D.C.-based Heads Up program and is an intern at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)².

“Servant leadership was instilled in me at an early age,” says the Biology major.

“Kendall is one of the finest students that I have ever worked with,” says Timothy Macek, director of the Howard Chamber Orchestra. “She is one of our real leaders.” Once she graduates in May, Isadore plans to join Teach for America for two years, because she says, “the greatest thing that you can do is teach people what you’ve learned.” After her two years, she plans to attend medical school to become a plastic surgeon.

And while she has no plans to enter the music profession, she admits it will always remain one of her passions. She started playing the violin when she was 9 years old and has taught violin and piano in the past. She has also performed as a backup vocalist for musician Josh Groban and at T.D. Jakes’ Potter House, and recently sang backup for Kurt Carr, which was featured on the “Bobby Jones Gospel Show.”

“Attending Howard was the best decision I have ever made in my life,” says Isadore. “I just feel like I belong here. I have formed lifelong friendships and I know that having a degree from here will take me very far.”