Winter 2016

  • winter The Middle States Council for Social Studies has given Alexis I. du Pont High School's Cristina Kalesse the 2016 Cohen-Jordan Award, which is presented to one teacher in the Middle States region who sets high standards for social studies instruction in the secondary classroom. Kalesse's work in the district's Distance Learning Lab, participation in the National C3 Delaware Curriculum group and involvement with Teaching American History grants are a few examples of her commitment to social studies education.

    Hilda Koach of Thomas McKean High School has been selected as the 2016 Red Clay Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Koach's contributions to social studies include establishing the only National Social Studies Honor Society Chapter in the State of Delaware, serving as both department chair and Curriculum Council representative and developing a rich world history curriculum along with a number of professional development workshops.


    Fifteen Red Clay teachers recently completed the Delaware Teachers Institute of New Castle County: Deborah Blanco, Monica Corrigan, Janet Dean, Terri Eros, Stella Evans, Michelle Finegan, Jacqueline Gallagher, Kathleen Gormley, Michelle Hilbeck, Michelle Northshield, Barbara Prillaman, Meghan Rogers, Sonia Saunders, Ellen Shackelford and Katelyn Varga.



Fall 2015

  • fall Three Red Clay educators won grants from the Delaware Retired School Personnel Association: Natalie Alexander, 3rd-grade teacher at North Star Elementary School, for her Incubation and Embryology Project, Jessica Gascard, librarian at Anna P. Mote Elementary School, for Gripping Graphics, and Amy Mirolli, 3rd-grade teacher at Cooke Elementary School, for Informational Texts—Literature Circles.


    Elizabeth Eggleston, art teacher at Thomas McKean High School, has been named the 2016 High School Art Teacher of the Year by the Delaware Art Education Association. 


    Thomas McKean High School chorus teacher Crystal Haas was suprised with a well-deserved classroom makeover on the EDtv special, Class Act. Watch here.


    The Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project recognized Highlands Elementary SchoolRichardson Park Elementary School and Stanton Middle School for exemplifying specific components of the DE-PBS Key Features. The project recognized three phases of Schoolwide PBS program implementation based on the schools’ programs for the 2014–15 school year, with Highlands demonstrating excellence in Phase 1, Richardson Park in Phase 2, and Stanton in Phase 3.


    Red Clay received a $37,000 competitive grant from the Delaware Department of Education to help support the district’s new educator mentoring programs. The grant will pay for technology, materials and afterschool workshops as part of mentoring programs that are unique to Red Clay, said Veronica Everett, the district’s lead teacher for novice educator development and state site coordinator of the mentoring program, called the Comprehensive Induction Program. Read more in the September 28, 2015 eNews.


    Social Studies Supervisor Rebecca Reed has been awarded the Mel Miller Outstanding Social Studies Leader Award from the National Social Studies Supervisor Association.





June 2015

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    Mervin Daugherty, Superintendent, has been named the 2015–16 Delaware Superintendent of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Administrators.


    Taylor Domenici, social studies teacher at Heritage Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Delaware History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


    Megan Fioravanti, school nurse for The Meadowood Program, has been named the Delaware School Nurse of the Year by the Delaware School Nurse Association.


    Gabrielle Koury, psychologist at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, has been named the 2015 Delaware School Psychologist of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Psychologists.


    Victor Leonard, science teacher at Alexis I. du Pont High School, has received the 2015 Luther Porter Educator Award by the Delaware Astronomical Society.


    Mike Page, science teacher at Alexis I. du Pont High School, was awarded a $25,000 grant from Lowes Home Improvement for renovations to the school's nature conservatory.


    Sonia Saunders, social studies teacher at Brandywine Springs School, has been named the state's top Geography Teacher by the Delaware Geographic Alliance.




May 2015

  • may 2015 collage Stephanie Armstrong, Principal of Brandywine Springs School, received the "2015 Celebrating Women in Education Award" sponsored by Love2Educate.

    William Coughlin, Joshua Farside and Robert Naylor, science teachers at Conrad Schools of Science, were featured in an episode of Exploration Earth 2050. Set to air in fall 2015, the program focuses on Biotechnology Research, Computer Science and Biomedical Science.


    Lewis Dual Language Elementary School has receive the 2014–15 National Award for Academic Excellence from the Embassy of Spain. Lewis is one of only seven schools in the nation to receive this award.


    Kristin McKenna, teacher at Linden Hill Elementary School, was named the 2016 Red Clay Teacher of the Year.


    Kristine Murphy, teacher at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and John Kulesza, teacher at Conrad Schools of Science, have been named the 2015 SmartDrive Co-Teachers of the Year.


    Michael Reamer, auto-tech instructor at McKean High School, led two students to a 2nd place finish in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. Both students earned over $25,000 in scholarships to trade schools.





April 2015

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    Linden Hill Elementary School has been named a 2015 National Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.


    North Star Elementary School has been selected as one of the "50 Best American Public Elementary Schools in the U.S." by



February 2015

  • feb 2015 collage Stephen Field and Reese Rigby, teachers at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, received special thanks from a team of students that won Best in the Nation in the 2014–15 Verizon Innovative App Challenge contest. As a national winner, the school earned a $20,000 cash grant to further develop or support a STEM program. Watch Team Avocado's submission video here.


    Jill Szymanski, social studies teacher at Brandywine Springs School, and Justine Wood, science teacher at Brandywine Springs School, participated in the Philadelphia Zoo's "Unless Project," an 8-week learning experience that challenges students to rethink recycling in order to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. The project included a field trip to the zoo, an Environmental Night at the school and a shoe drive where families dropped off a pair of shoes to be recycled or reused.


    Twenty-six Red Clay teachers have been recognized for their work in the Delaware Teachers' Institute. Red Clay has the highest number of educators participating in the program, which has produced 55 curriculum units as of February 2015.




December 2014

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    Linda Ennis, Principal at Heritage Elementary School, has been named the principal of the new Cooke Elementary School.


    Jessica Hanger, teacher at Forest Oak Elementary School, has been named WJBR's Teacher of the Month for December 2014.


    Red Clay teams excelled at the 2014–15 Delaware Day competition, with three schools earning awards. Layla Cordwell and Gena Cawthray, teachers at Lewis Dual Language Elementary School, led their students to winning the George Read Signer Award and the Artistic Merit Award. Margo Miller, teacher at North Star Elementary School, helped her students tie for the Gunning Bedford, Jr. Signer Award. James Bencrowsky, Teresa Coates, Sara Corcoran and Courtney Kalbach, teachers at Richardson Park Elementary School, won the Artistic Merit Award.




November 2014

  • nov 2014 collage Judith Conway, Supervisor of Unified Arts, was selected to join the Chinese Bridge Delegation, a group of 350 educators from throughout the United States, on a trip to China. As a delegate she traveled to Beijing and Tianjin for a week in November and had the opportunity to deepen her understanding of China, share best practices and build partnerships with Chinese schools.


    Mervin Daugherty, Superintendent of RCCSD, has received the 2014 Jobs for America's Graduates National Educational Leadership Award.



October 2014

  • Denise Watson, teacher at H.B. du Pont Middle School, has earned a High Performer Award from Jobs for America’s Graduates.


    Tiffany Wyre, teacher at McKean High School, has won a Jobs for Delaware Graduates award.



August 2014

  • mumford Omeka Mumford, kindergarten teacher at Warner Elementary School, was treated to a much-deserved classroom makeover in the edTV special, Class Act. "Omeka is one of the most dedicated teachers I have ever seen," said colleague Valerie Hall, who joined friends, family and community members in transforming the space. Watch it here.