Dover, Del.–October 19, 2005 Nineteen of Delaware’s best educators representing each school district in the State have been nominatedfor the distinction of becoming Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2006.The 15 women and four men were chosen by their school districts from nearly 8,000 Delaware teachers statewide.
Delaware’s Teacher of the Year for 2006 will be announced by Governor Ruth Ann Minner at the annual awards dinner to be heldon Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 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 2004-2005 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 reviewedby five “readers” from Delaware’s Department of Education (DOE). Working independently, each reader assigned a numerical valueto 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 member of the DOE staff,visited 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 selected the one teacher who will serve as the 2006 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 usefor the educational benefit of his or her students, as well as a personal grant of $3,000.Additionally, all school district candidates receive a $2,000 grant.
|Appoquinimink||Laurie J. Wicks||Silver Lake Elementary||Grade 3|
|Brandywine||Kimberly J. Fawks||P.S. DuPont Elementary||Grade 6 Reading, Writing, Math|
|Caesar Rodney||Jean Marie Allen||W.B. Simpson Elementary||Grade 2|
|Cape Henlopen||Lisa W. Martz||Sussex Consortium||Special Education|
|Capital||Robert J. Adams||Dover High School||Grades 9-10 Biology|
|Christina||Jane C. McFann||Glasgow High School||Grades 9-12 English|
|Colonial||Roberta Honig Jacobs||Castle Hills Elementary||Grade 5|
|Delmar||Christy Lee Parsons||Delmar Middle & Senior High School||Grades 9-12 Science|
|Indian River||James R. DeBastiani||Southern Delaware School of Arts||Grade 1-8 Drama|
|Lake Forest||Mary E. Tyndall||Lake Forest North Elementary||Grade 4|
|Laurel||Garrett Lydic||North Laurel Elementary||Grade 2-4 Physical Education|
|Milford||Barbara FitzPatrick||Lulu M. Ross Elementary||Grades 2-5 Librarian|
|NCCo Vo-Tech||Jennifer Linn Walker Kennedy||Hodgson Vo-Tech High School||Grade 9-12 Special Education Science|
|POLYTECH||Tad A. Damask||POLYTECH High School||Grade 9-12 Mathematics|
|Red Clay Consolidated||LaVon Peterson||Thomas McKean High School||Grade 12 English|
|Seaford||Vicki Watson Bailey||Seaford High School||Grade 9-12 Business Education|
|Smyrna||Kristine W. Schultz||North Smyrna Elementary||Grade 3|
|Sussex Technical||Jennifer Couch||Sussex Technical High School||Grade 10 & 12 Biochemistry|
|Woodbridge||Wendy Lea Kupcha||Phillis Wheatley Middle School||Grade 5-6 Math/ELA|
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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