Simpson Elementary School teacher wins award for volunteering at Veterans Day events.

Windsor Allen has been interested in music since she was 7 years old.  As a child she used to sing along to her favorite Disney movie, “The Little Mermaid.”

“I watched a lot of Disney movies so I sang a lot,” she said.

It’s been 24 years since the “The Little Mermaid” was released. Now, Allen is a music teacher at W. B. Simpson Elementary School. But she doesn’t limit her work with music to the classroom.

She volunteered with Simpson’s Community Veterans Day Assembly. That work helped her win the “Teacher of the Year” Citizenship Award from the Delaware Veterans of Foreign Wars. Allen, one of 15 contestants, received the award at a Feb. 7 luncheon.

“I’m very honored and humbled by it,” Allen said. “The whole point was to honor veterans. That wasn’t something that I was looking for a ‘thank you’ for.”

Simpson developed the music, taught the chorus some songs and sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at the school’s Veterans Day event. This is her third year volunteering to help.

Allen said teaching students to respect veterans is an important function of Veterans Day. That’s why she takes her job as a volunteer seriously.

“I’m always on top of the kids telling them even if you don’t like to sing, you’re singing … for the veterans,” she said.

While a love for Disney movies got her into singing, other factors led her to teaching.  She was in the choir at Dover High School. It was her choral director, Tom Dean, who inspired her to pursue music as a career.

“He just kind of got me ready for the idea that I was probably going to go to school for music at the University of Delaware.”

She earned her undergraduate degree in music education with a vocal concentration from the U of D in 2005 and started teaching at Simpson in the 2007 academic year. 

When she isn’t teaching, Allen enjoys a little competition at the Milford Skating Center. For the past three years she’s been a member of the Southern Delaware Roller Girls.

“I’ve never done a contact sport before but I really like roller skating,” she said. “It’s two hours of good clean fun and there are no windows in the rink so you can’t even tell what time it is outside. I can be dead tired and strap on those skates ” and get energized.

Allen lives in Milton with her husband of five years and their dog.