Dover, Del.–October 20, 2004Nineteen of Delaware’s best educators representing each school district in the State have been nominated for the distinctionof becoming Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2005. The 17 women and two men were chosen by their school districtsfrom nearly 8,000 Delaware teachers statewide.
Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2005 will be announced by Governor Ruth Ann Minner at the annual awards dinner to be held onTuesday, October 26, 2004, 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 2003-2004 school year.Basic nomination criteria included having a superior ability to inspire students with a love of learning, demonstrating professional traits,and possessing a strong sense of dedication and devotion to teaching.
After being nominated, each district teacher was asked to submit a detailed portfolio of work and philosophy which was reviewed by five“readers” from Delaware’s Department of Education (DOE). Working independently, each reader assigned a numerical value to each portfolio.The next step in the selection process was to conduct a formal observation of each candidate, which was scheduled for late September.Two observers, a former State or district Teacher of the Year and a DOE employee, visited each candidate’s classroomto conduct the observation.
Finally, based on the scores assigned to the portfolios as well as classroom observations,another independent panel of judges selected the one teacher who will serve as the 2005 Teacher of the Year.This panel consisted of: the current State Teacher of the Year; the President of the State Congress of Parents and Teachers;the President of the State Student Council Association; the President of the Delaware State Education Association;a representative of the State Chamber of Commerce; a member of the State Board of Education;and the Chair of the Professional Standards Board.
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 also 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||Veronica Perrine||Middletown H.S.||Choral Music|
|Brandywine||Mary O’Connell||Concord H.S.||Mathematics|
|Caesar Rodney||Kathleen Thomas||Caesar Rodney H.S.||Grades 10-11 Marketing Education|
|Cape Henlopen||Charlene Jones||Rehoboth Elementary||Grade 2 Regular & Special Education|
|Capital||John Augustus, Jr.||William Henry Middle||Grade 5 Math/Science/Reading|
|Christina||Paula Henderson||Newark H.S.||Grades 10-12 Biology|
|Colonial||Shirley Rodriquez Moux||Castle Hills Elementary||Grades K-2 ESL|
|Delmar||Shauneen Giudice||Delmar Middle & Senior H.S.||Grade 7 Science|
|Indian River||Cynthia Baker||Sussex Central Middle||Grade 7 Geography|
|Lake Forest||Sandra Krugh||Lake Forest North Elementary||Grade 1|
|Laurel||Marilyn Neat||Paul Dunbar Elementary||Grades K-1 Reading Specialist|
|Milford||Amanda Parisi||Milford Middle & H.S.||Grades 6-12 ESL|
|NCCo Vo-Tech||Raymond Theilacker||Howard H.S. of Technology||Grade 12 English|
|POLYTECH||Lynne McIntosh||POLYTECH H.S.||Grades 9-12 Child Developoment|
|Red Clay Consolidated||Barbara Borleske||A.I. duPont H.S.||Grades 10-12 Chemistry|
|Seaford||Kimberley Myran||Frederick Douglass Elementary||Grade 5|
|Smyrna||Diane Marthaler||North Smyrna Elementary||Grade 1|
|Sussex Technical||Sabrina Neal||Sussex Technical H.S.||Grades 9-12 Business Education|
|Woodbridge||Elizabeth Morrison||Phillis Wheatley Middle||Grades 5-8 ILC Language Arts & Science|
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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