Gov. John Carney and Delaware Department of Education Secretary Susan Bunting announced, on March 27, the establishment of a new Teachers Advisory Council to gather the feedback of educators from across the state.
Bunting invited two teachers from each of the state’s 19 school districts and six charter school educators to join the group, which will facilitate communication, contribute to solutions and help increase the voice of teachers in policy decisions. The group will meet bimonthly to discuss various issues affecting teachers.
Teachers participating on the council were recommended by their superintendents or the Delaware Charter School Network for the voluntary role. Secretary Bunting has asked each to share his or her personal feelings as an individual rather than serve as a representative of a district or charter school’s position on an issue.
This group is in addition to the Teacher of the Year Advisory Council, which Secretary Bunting also meets with bimonthly.
Educators participating in the council include Kristyn Bradford, of Lake Forest North Elementary in Lake Forest School District; Seth Buford, of Milford High School in Milford School District; Shorel Clark, of Brittingham Elementary School in Cape Henlopen School District; Marisa Clarke, of Central Elementary in Seaford School District; Guy Cooper, of Providence Creek Academy charter school; Luke Crossan, of Waters Middle School in Appoquinimink School District; Todd Cushman, of Delmar Middle School in Delmar School District; Chelsea Darczuk, of East Side Charter School; Robert Edmondson, of Seaford Middle School in Seaford School District; Catherine (Katy) Evans, of Sunnyside Elementary School in the Smyrna School District; Christina Gallo, of Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest School District; Shelby Gordon, of Bunker Hill Elementary School in Appoquinimink School District; Emily Green, of Caesar Rodney High School in Caesar Rodney School District; Robert Harrod, of Cape Henlopen High School in Cape Henlopen School District; Matt Hoopes, of Concord High School in Brandywine School District; Shelley Hovanec, of Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center in Woodbridge School District; Michelle Howard, of Delmar High School in Delmar School District; Lesley Louder, of Dover High School in Capital School District; Tina Lykens, of Polytech High School in Polytech School District; Jennifer MacDonald, of Smyrna High School in Smyrna School District; Nathalie Melvin, of South Dover Elementary School in Capital School District; Phyllis Mobley, of Harlan Elementary School in Brandywine School District; Elaine Norris, of Mispillion Elementary School in Milford School District; Petra Palmer, of Delcastle High School in New Castle County Vo-Tech School District; Michael Paoli, of Hodgson High School in New Castle County Vo-Tech School District; Sarah Polaski, of Christiana Middle School Academy in Christina School District; Moraima Reardon, of Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge School District; Lisa Richardson, of Millsboro Middle School in Indian River School District; Matthew Sabol, of William Penn High School in Colonial School District; Dara Savage, of Early College High School charter school; Cameron Sweeney, of Polytech High School in Polytech School District; Crystal Thawley, of Sussex Technical High School in Sussex Technical School District; Elizabeth Van Aulen, of Wilson Elementary School in Christina School District; Anthony Varrato, of Sussex Technical High School of Sussex Technical School District; Kim Weber, of Welch Elementary in Caesar Rodney School District; Leigh Weldin, of Conrad School of Sciences in Red Clay Consolidated School District; Karen Willey, of Sussex Academy charter school; Jill Young, of Lord Baltimore Elementary in Indian River School District; and Stacie Zdrojewski, of Red Clay Consolidated School District Office.