AGE 51

HOMETOWN Magnolia

FAMILY Wife, Tina; son, Benjamin; daughters, Andralea and Cassilyn; and three grandchildren

EDUCATION Liberty High School in West Virginia; bachelor’s degree in education from Fairmont State University, 1985; master’s degree in science education, Delaware State University; doctorate in innovation and leadership, Wilmington University, 2003.

FAVORITE BOOK Frank Peretti and Steven James novels

HOBBIES Antique collecting, growing vegetables, reading at the beach and going outdoors

Scott Lykens is doing double duty for the Caesar Rodney School District.

The district’s director of instruction since 2012, Lykens was tapped late this summer to also serve as the district’s assistant superintendent.

Despite the extra work, Lykens said he was glad to take the position and fulfill the needs and responsibilities assigned to him by the superintendent and school board.

Q What do you hope to accomplish in your new position?

A I want to continue to implement the programs established by the board of education in a manner that lives up to the district’s motto, ‘Where Educational Excellence Is A Tradition,’ and continue the tradition of uplifting the academic, arts, athletics and atmosphere of the Caesar Rodney School District.

 

Q Since you’ve been in the position what challenges have you had to face and how did you overcome them?

A I am still held accountable for the duties of director of instruction. I’m only in charge to act on [the superintendent’s] behalf.

 

Q What do you believe is the best way to be sure kids get the most out of their education?

A The goal has always been to empower each child with the educational opportunities our community has known to expect.  We want to make sure each of our students is college- or career-ready by the time they graduate. This means we need to provide our students with the content, knowledge, strategies, skills and techniques necessary to enroll in college, trade school, the armed forces or the workforce, where they’ll  most likely be required to get additional training in that field. Whether they leave for college or the workforce, they will never stop learning.

Q What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the Caesar Rodney School District?

A Delaware has adopted the Common Core Standards. Delaware will use the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and will use the Smarter Balanced test to assess how students, teachers, schools and school districts are achieving as outlined by those standards in grades 3 to 11.

CRSD has taken those standards (what students show know and be able to do) and used our existing process of writing and aligning curriculum and material to ensure we are addressing the content and skills at those particular levels. Our teachers always have, and will continue to consider, the individual needs of our children and work to challenge them at their levels. In other words, we have adopted a curriculum and chosen material that will allow our teachers to prepare our students.