• Our Mission Statement

     Our mission is to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the children, parents and community that we serve by:

     -providing an enriching and nurturing environment in which all children feel safe, lovable, and capable;

     -providing experiences that address individual abilities, learning styles, and emotional needs; and encourage children to treat others with respect and kindness.



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jason Payne

Welcome to Major George S. Welch Elementary School, a K-5 school located on Dover Air Force Base in the Caesar Rodney School District. The namesake of our school was one of the few pilots who got off the ground at Pearl Harbor and distinguished himself by shooting down four Japanese aircraft during the attack. He was honored in ceremonies at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in May of 1942.

Welch Elementary offers an array of programs for our students. Some of those include Girls on the Run, Odyssey of the Mind, Math League, Student Council, Art Club and Safety Patrol, just to name a few. These programs enrich our students by providing opportunities for them to explore interests that they would like to develop.

The Welch Elementary School staff meets regularly to collect data and analyze data in order to drive better instruction for our students. Teacher’s review student performance and share effective instructional practices regularly. They review units of instruction and coordinate approaches to grade level issues. Through these meetings, we have developed programs to meet the needs of our students.

Our school could not be as successful as it is without the support of our parents. We have an active PTA which plans various activities throughout the year. We have school volunteers who help out in classrooms and most importantly, we have parents who provide the necessary support to their students at home so that they can reach their true potential.

On behalf of the staff at Major George S. Welch Elementary School, I feel privileged to be able to provide a quality education to those families who are actively serving our country. I am extremely proud of our outstanding students, our dedicated and experienced staff members, and our supportive families. I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to your participation this school year.

Jason Payne




Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Jean Miclette

As the assistant principal, I would like to welcome you to Major George S. Welch Elementary! Welch is located on the housing side of Dover AFB, and we are the only K-5 school in the Caesar Rodney School District. For our positive behavior support system, we practice the FISH Philosophy (Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude) to help foster making good choices each day. Check out https://www.fishphilosophy.com/fish-philosophy-story/    to learn more about FISH.

The state of Delaware offer lots of opportunities for families to explore and enjoy the surrounding areas, as we are located within a two hour and thirty minute radius from cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City. In addition, there are also great beaches and places to visit along the coast and near the Chesapeake Bay. Dover is a growing city, with very much a small town feel.

At Welch Elementary, we believe in a strong connection between home and schools, and offer many events throughout the year to bond as a family, learn more about how they can better support their child at home, and strengthen connections between home and school.

Many of our staff members have a military connection; either having served in the military, are or have been a military spouse, or at one time was a dependent child of active military parents. This helps give us to have a unique perspective in understanding  the many challenges that military families might experience. I am so proud to be the assistant principal of such a wonderful school, as well as a veteran of the United States Air Force.