Voting Starts Today for iEducate Delaware Finalists

August 15th, 2012

Category: Early Childhood Education, News, Policy and Practice

Today, voting has begun for the iEducate Delaware finalists: 15 Delawareans who are unsung heroes of public education from up and down the state. The finalists–nominated by people like you–represent a diverse cross-section of teachers, community leaders, school leaders, and other inspiring individuals who are dedicating their time, commitment, and leadership to Delaware’s education community.

You iNFORMED.  You were iNSPIRED. Now it’s time to iNTERACT.

Vote today and every day until September 14 for your favorite iEducate Delaware finalists. There are encouraging stories from each finalist, and you’ll be able to vote for three different finalists each day. Voting isn’t your only way to support your favorite finalists. After you vote, share their stories with friends and help promote the impact of the finalists’ innovative work– get involved, volunteer, and support local students, teachers, and schools. Also, each finalist’s website page has individual social media tools to Tweet, Pin, Facebook or email the finalists’ info to a friend. As the iEducate community grows, so does the impact of the finalists’ contributions.

Find out more information about each finalist:

  • Audrey Carey – an administrator at the Indian River School District who uses technology to address the unique needs of English Language Learners.
  • Matthew Carre – a teacher at Howard High who leads an “academy” system that facilitates much improved teacher interaction and cooperation.
  • Elizabeth Diaz – a teacher at Pulaski Elementary who designed and implemented a comprehensive literacy program that uses science to inspire English Language Learners.
  • Ed Emmett – a principal at Positive Outcomes Charter School who integrates real-world experiences (through internships) into student learning.
  • John Hollis – a community leader who directs Minority Engineering Regional Incentive Training (MERIT), a college prep program for minority middle and high school students.
  • John Lynch – a school board member who was a key contributor for New Castle Vocational-Technical School District’s State of Delaware Quality Award.
  • Rita Salisbury & Dara Laws – co-teachers at Delaware New Tech Academy who use project-based instruction grounded in real-world experiences to lead their students to dramatic gains.
  • Nancy Mears – a school nutrition manager at Seaford School District who works with staff to develop innovative programming that supports nutrition and aligns with curriculum.
  • Margaret O’Dwyer – a community leader who co-founded the Delaware Youth Leadership Network, a program that teaches high school students critical leadership skills.
  • Cheryl Potocki – a teacher at the Charter School of Wilmington who leads a program where high school students mentor and tutor younger students in neighboring schools.
  • Sarah Preston – a teacher at Bush Early Education Center who taught the first support class for students with autism that was fully integrated in an inclusive setting.
  • Tracey Roberts – a principal at Pulaski Elementary who encourages her staff to involve and interact with the community and parents in innovative ways.
  • Lori Roe – an instructional technology specialist at Cape Henlopen who designed a comprehensive technology program to make classes come alive for students.
  • Natalie Way – a community leader and founder of a camp which gives underserved students a chance to gain real life skills as they explore aquatic habitats and environmental issues.
  • Susan Whaley – a principal at Laurel Intermediate who dramatically and positively transformed the school through implementing initiatives and programs.

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Brittany Mason



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