Sam Golder

  • Director of Secondary Education


    Sam began his education career after spending two years in radio broadcasting. He started out servicing students in a summer program promoting advancement of minorities in the field of Engineering. Soon after, he became an English teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland. Sam’s efforts earned him Arundel High’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999 and Anne Arundel County’s Basketball “Coach of the Year,” for leading his team as 4A East Regional Champions in 2001. Years later, after receiving a Masters degree from Loyola College, Sam was named Assistant Principal at Southern High School. After a brief stint at Southern, Sam was moved to Annapolis High School, charged with leading the school through implementation of restructuring. Sam joined Red Clay two years later when he was hired to serve as Principal of Alexis I du Pont High School.


    Under Sam’s leadership, within three years, Alexis I du Pont High School became the first comprehensive high school in Delaware to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress after being a part of the restructuring continuum. State test scores increased for three consecutive years under Sam’s direction. Sam became quickly known for his professional development in literacy, his genuine support of staff and his popularity with students and the AI community. His “Tiger Pride” character education initiative still remains strong at AI High years later. Sam was humbled to receive the Administrator of the Year Award from the Delaware Association of Student Councils in 2007.


    After completing three years of the Principalship, Sam was promoted to Director of School Operations, supervising and mentoring all Red Clay Principals. In this role, Sam created an internal communication document (The Weekly DOSE) that serves today as the main source of interdepartmental communication throughout the district. Additionally, Sam has changed policy (including grade reporting and athletic eligibility) to support student success. Additional duties in Sam’s role as Director include: the State Unit Count Coordinator, grade reporting, school budgets, district calendar, master scheduling, school evaluation procedures, school success plans, supervision of district security personnel. Through Sam’s tutelage, Red Clay Secondary Schools met every academic (AYP) target possible in 2012–13. Additionally, two of Sam’s former assistant principals are now successful principals and two of Sam’s current principals have been named Delaware State Principal of the Year.


    Red Clay adopted a new Strategic Plan in the fall of 2012. Sam has been the champion for Goal 4 of the plan (All students will graduate college- and career-ready). As a result of Sam’s efforts, the district now partners with AVID Corporation, providing support for students taking high rigor coursework. Additionally, Red Clay offers more dual enrollment opportunities than any other district in the State of Delaware. Finally, Sam has orchestrated mandatory professional development for teachers of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or STEM classes.


    Sam's wife Holly is a teacher and he has three children, Brooks, Sophia and Elizabeth. Sam and his family live in Hockessin.



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