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Stanley Spoor, Principal of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, has been named the 2017 Delaware Secondary Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Principals (DASP). He will represent Delaware along with all other state winners at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) annual institute held in September in Washington, D.C. Candidates must be a principal for five years, and are nominated by colleagues.

Spoor has been the principal of Howard since 2012. During his tenure, the school has received prestigious national and statewide recognitions. Howard was named a Bronze Medal School by U.S. News and World Report four times in the past five years, listing Howard as one of the top 8 high schools in Delaware. Howard was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program school for its innovation, leadership, and education excellence, and it also was named a Verizon Innovative Learning School, one of only 12 in the nation at the time of the award.

Spoor has been invited twice to present at the National School Boards Association annual conference on initiatives and strategies he helped develop focused on improving student achievement at Howard. He and his team were invited to present on Howard’s 1:1 iPad initiative at the annual International Society for Technology Education Conference. He has been selected as a National Principals Academy Fellow by the Relay Graduate School of Education. He has been an invited panelist by the Rodel Foundation to participate in conference presentations, and was named an iEducate Delaware Winner.

Under his leadership, the school was named a Delaware Reward and Recognition School, and a School of Continued Excellence by the Delaware Department of Education. Most recently, the school’s new student leadership development initiative that he introduced at Howard, named iLEAD, has already won national recognition.

Prior to being named principal, he served as assistant principal at Howard for five years. He was a social studies teacher at William Penn High School and Hodgson Vo-Tech, where he also served as a state championship wrestling coach. He earned his Bachelors degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and two Masters degrees and his Doctor of Education degree from Wilmington University.

“We are most fortunate to have such an energetic, skilled leader as Stan representing Delaware’s finest school principals,” said DASP President Clifton Hayes, principal of Delcastle Technical High School. “Acquiring rewards and recognitions is not his focus – yet they have come as a result of his leadership and his push for innovation to improve outcomes for all students. That he is highly regarded by students, faculty, and parents alike is a testament to both his integrity and his commitment to his students.”

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Howard High School of Technology Social Studies instructor, Lindsay Tietze, was named the 2017-18 NCCVT District Teacher of the Year. Lindsay is the Social Studies Content Area Teacher Leader and a Digital Teacher Leader for Howard, as well as a new teacher mentor, member of the instructional technology committee and instructional leadership team, and assistant cheerleading coach. She has earned numerous awards in her five years with the district and will represent New Castle County Vo-Tech in the Delaware Teacher of the Year competition. Congratulations to Lindsay and all of our other 2017-18 building Teachers of the Year:

Delcastle: Lisa Henderson

Hodgson: Ed Sobocinski

St. Georges: Frances Mancini

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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.”

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Middle school students from across New Castle County will be making sprinklers, welding metal, building projects, learning to code, building robots, and getting their hands on all sorts of tools and software during the NCC Vo-Tech Summer Career Camp June 19-22. The camp, hosted by Delcastle Technical High School, is focused on Information Technology and Construction Trades.

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We have been informed that on Friday morning, May 5th, portions of Route 1 North and I 95 North will be closed in preparation of funeral services for fallen Delaware State Trooper, CPL Stephen J. Ballard. Traffic will be diverted in these areas between the times of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., and then again between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. We are anticipating significant bus delays at each of our schools. Due to this and the anticipation of heavy rain on Friday morning, school for students has been cancelled. Again, school is cancelled for students on Friday, May 5th.  All staff (including paras) are expected to report as usual. No days will be added in June as a result of this change. Thank you.

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More than 200 sophomores heard a lively panel discussion Friday, March 3, on a host of political topics as part of St. Georges’ 2nd Annual Civic Panel Discussion. This year’s distinguished panel included Gov. John Carney, Delaware Senator Nicole Poore, State Representatives James “JJ” Johnson and Kevin Hensley, and Family Court Judge Arlene Coppadge. St. Georges Social Studies Team Leader Patrick Lombardozzi coordinates the event and served as moderator for the 90 minute discussion.

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Eighth grade students who have been offered an assignment to Delcastle, Hodgson, Howard, or St. Georges for next school year should register prior to the Saturday, March 18 New Student Placement Test day. If you have questions about your registration, please contact the guidance office of the school to which you were offered assignment.

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