WILMINGTON, DE—The Rodel Foundation of Delaware this week officially kicked off the 2016-17 class of the Rodel Teacher Council, and introduced the 29 exemplary teachers who will serve as its members.|
Members represent all three counties, a variety of grade levels and subject areas, and bring a broad cross-section of leadership perspectives. In all, the council members boast over 369 years of combined teaching experience.
During the 2016-2017 term, the council will continue its work of scaling personalized learning statewide while removing barriers currently in place. As with previous years, council members will meet with and hear from key education leaders and policymakers, and in the winter, they will host a personalized learning workshop for fellow educators.
"I’m continuously impressed by the breadth and leadership of Rodel Teacher Council members," said Paul Herdman, Rodel's president and CEO. "This group speaks to the value of a teacher’s voice, not only when it comes to defining what the next generation of learning will look like, but also in how they support their peers through the Personalized Learning Workshops, which is designed to empower teachers to share their passions."
Personalized learning puts students at the center of the learning environment. Instruction is tailored to students’ specific academic needs, personal interests, and learning style—while they are enabled to learn at their own time, pace, place, and approach.
In just three years, the Rodel Teacher Council has contributed to the education conversation in Delaware in many ways. The group has met with local and national education experts and policymakers, including legislators, the State Board of Education, the governor, DSEA leadership, PTA leadership, and others.
They wrote and published the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware, one of the nation's first examples of teachers developing policy recommendations for personalized learning. Council members regularly write opinion letters and blog posts for local and national audiences, and serve on statewide working groups and committees to inform and shape the future of education in Delaware.
"Being on the RTC offers a tremendous professional development opportunity, and a venue to weigh in on important policy issues," said Melissa Grunewald, a dual-certified elementary teacher at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School. "But above that, the camaraderie and personal growth provides us with some of the most memorable moments of our teaching careers."
The 2016-17 Rodel Teacher Council Members are:
Jenna Argo, Millsboro Middle School, Indian River School District
Sherlynn Aurelio, Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School, Colonial School District
Shani Benson,* South Dover Elementary School, Capital School District
Kate Bowski, Milton Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District
Tim Brewer,* Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Wendee Bull, Georgetown Middle School, Indian River School District
Lyndsey Cook, William Henry Middle School, Capital School District
Luke Crossan, Alfred G Waters Middle School, Appoquinimink School District
Elizabeth Washam, Freire Charter School
Karen Eller,* Stubbs Elementary School, Christina School District
Joseph Evans, Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Mary Grace Flowers, New Castle Elementary School, Colonial School District
Kristin Gray, Shields Elementary School, Cape Henlopen School District
Melissa Grunewald,* Phillip C. Showell Elementary School, Indian River School District
Robyn Howton,* Mount Pleasant High school, Brandywine School District
Jessica Inskeep, Freire Charter School
Michele Johnson,* Towne Point Elementary School, Capital School District
Cheryl Jones, First State Montessori Academy
Jared Lelito,* Fred Fifer III Middle School, Caesar Rodney School District
Joyce Lester, Sarah Pyle Academy, Christina School District
Lisa Mims,* Pleasantville Elementary School, Colonial School District
Kimberly Neal, Brandywine High School, Brandywine School District
Lori Nichols, Brandywine Springs School, Red Clay Consolidated School District
Lori Roe, Cape Henlopen School District
Tara Saladyga,* Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Judi Spencer,* W.T. Chipman Middle School, Lake Forest School District
Melissa Tracy,* Conrad Schools of Science, Red Clay Consolidated School District
Jermaine Williams,* St. Georges Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
Michelle Wilson,* Booker T Washington Elementary School, Capital School District
*- Returning member