Dover, Del.–June 20, 2003 Nineteen of Delaware’s best educators representing each school district in the State have been nominated for the distinction of becoming Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2004. The 14 women and 5 men were chosen by their school districts from nearly 7,500 Delaware teachers statewide.
Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2004 will be announced by Governor Ruth Ann Minner at the annual awards dinner to be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2003, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Inn and Conference Center in Dover.
All 19 school districts selected their Teacher of the Year candidate during the 2002-2003 school year.Basic criteria for being nominated included a superior ability to inspire students with a love of learning, demonstrating professional traits, and possessing a strong sense of dedication and devotion to their profession.
Since their nomination each district teacher has been asked to submit a detailed portfolio of work and philosophy which will be reviewed by five “readers” from Delaware’s Department of Education (DOE). Working independently,each reader will then assign a numerical value to each portfolio. The next step in the selection process is to conduct a formal observation of each candidate, which is scheduled for late September. Two observers, a former State or district Teacher of the Year and a DOE employee, will visit each candidate’s classroom to conduct the observation.
Finally, based on the scores assigned to the portfolios as well as classroom observations,another independent panel of judges will select the one teacher who will serve as the 2004 Teacher of the Year.This panel will consist of representatives from the State Board of Education, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce,the Delaware Association of Student Councils, the Delaware Congress of Parents and Teachers, and the past three State Teachers of the Year.
The teacher chosen to become the State Teacher of the Year will become Delaware’s entrant in the national programsponsored by the Council of Chief State School officers and Scholastic, Inc.
The State Teacher of the Year will take on the important task of representing all teachers in Delaware.The individual will address community groups, business leaders, legislators, and educational organizationsin an effort to inform the public about the status of Delaware schools.
By action of the General Assembly, the State Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 grant to use for the educational benefitof his or her students, as well as a personal grant of $3,000. Additionally, all school district candidates receive a $2,000 grantfor use in their educational field.
|Appoquinimink||David Maloney||Middletown H.S.||Mathematics|
|Brandywine||Kelly Eckert-Bradley||Mount Pleasant H.S.||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|Caesar Rodney||Michael Kijowski||Fred Fifer Middle||Grade 6 Mathematics|
|Cape Henlopen||Lisa A. Bayko||Richard Shields Elementary||Grades 1-3 Intensive Learning Center|
|Capital||Crystal E. Thompkins||Towne Point Elementary||Grade 2|
|Christina||Karen A. Valentine||McVey Elementary||Kindergarten|
|Colonial||Deborah E. Phillips||Southern Elementary||Grade 2|
|Delmar||Karen W. Lewis||Delmar Middle & Senior H.S.||Middle School Intensive Learning Center|
|Indian River||Mary Norton||North Georgetown Elementary||Grades 3-5 ESL|
|Lake Forest||Melody A. Miller||Lake Forest East Elementary||Kindergarten|
|Laurel||Jodi F. Green||North Laurel Elementary||Grade 4|
|Milford||Ethel M. White||Lulu M. Ross Elementary||Grade 3|
|NCCo Vo-Tech||Nicholas J. Mottola||Hodgson Vo-Tech H.S.||Grades 9-12 Culinary Arts|
|POLYTECH||Michael Sampere||POLYTECH H.S.||Grade 9 Social Studies|
|Red Clay Consolidated||Jill Joos||Linden Hill Elementary||Grade 5|
|Seaford||Alison Perdue-Tingle||Blades Elementary||Grade 4|
|Smyrna||Amy C. Musto||Clayton Elementary||Grade 3|
|Sussex Technical||Christopher L. Aiken||Sussex Technical H.S.||Grades 9,11,12 Principles of Technology
Grades 11,12 Physics
Grade 9 Integrated Science
|Woodbridge||Rita Hovermale||Woodbridge Senior H.S.||Grades 9-12 Early Childhood Education|
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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