The Delaware Chief School Officers Association (DCSOA) has named long-time Delaware educator and NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent Vicki Gehrt as the 2017-18 Delaware School Superintendent of the Year. She will represent Delaware at the annual school superintendents association conference in Nashville in February when the National Superintendent of the Year will be announced.
“Dr. Gehrt is a highly valued colleague and a leader. Not only does she advocate for what is best for Delaware’s students, schools and teachers, she is focused on the State’s long-term economic prosperity by ensuring a well-educated workforce,” said Dr. Matt Burrows, President of DCSOA and Superintendent of the Appoquinimink School District.
Gehrt has been the NCC Vo-Tech Superintendent since August 2011. Prior to that, she was assistant superintendent of Kennett (PA) Consolidated School District from 2006 to 2011, and served for five years as superintendent of the Bensalem (PA) Township School District. Previous to her time as a school leader in Pennsylvania, she spent 30 years as a Delaware educator, starting first as a teacher in the Appoquinimink School District before joining the NCC Vo-Tech district, where she worked for 22 years serving as an assistant principal, director of instructional services, and assistant superintendent. She also served as an interim superintendent for the Brandywine School District in 2000.
Gehrt earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Delaware, where she was named Outstanding Education Alumni of the Year in 1995. She has been an adjunct professor in both the masters and doctoral programs at Wilmington University.
Gehrt said she is most proud of her ability to move school districts forward with improvements in student achievement and in closing achievement gaps. She has also been instrumental in facilitating and encouraging the use of technology as an integral instructional tool for all learners. She was one of the four superintendents that helped spearhead the BRINC Consortium, an organization of Delaware school districts that focuses on personalized and blended learning, access to technology, and collaboration.
She has served as President of the DCSOA and is a member of the Longwood Rotary Club, serving as its Secretary. She is a member of the New Castle County Chamber and the Delaware State Chamber, serving on its Partnership Board. She is a member of the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee, serves on the Kennett Education Foundation board, and is Chairperson of the Jinishian Memorial Program that provides financial support to serve needy Armenians in the Middle East.
“I am proud to represent not only the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, but also the thousands of educators across the state as the Superintendent of the Year,” said Gehrt. “Public education faces many challenges, from policy changes to funding concerns. As school leaders, it is our responsibility to quiet the noise, set high expectations, then assure that our teachers have the resources necessary to teach, so our students can learn,” she said. “Like all of my fellow Delaware educators, I am committed to working together and sharing best practices to benefit all of the students we serve.”