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      (Camden, DE)  Caesar Rodney School District is pleased to announce that Darisa Everett will serve as the next principal of Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School where she has served as assistant principal since 2012.   Mrs. Everett’s first official day as principal was February 22, 2017.  Under her co-leadership, Stokes has been the recipient of four State Recognition Awards in the last 5 years. 


      “Being the principal of Stokes Elementary is a great honor.  I have the privilege of working with a dynamic staff who work diligently to put students first.” remarked Mrs. Everett.  


      Before becoming an administrator at Stokes, she began her teaching career in 1999 in Miramar, Florida.  She moved to Delaware in 2003 and began teaching third and fourth grade at Star Hill Elementary.  In 2010, she transferred to Major George S. Welch Elementary and became their achievement liaison teacher.


      Caesar Rodney School District is also pleased to announce that 2016 Nellie H. Stokes Teacher of the Year Danielle Deinert has been appointed to serve as the school’s new assistant principal.   Mrs. Deinert began her teaching career at John S. Charlton School and then transferred to Stokes Elementary serving as a third and fifth grade teacher.


      “I am honored to come on board to work with Mrs. Everett as part of the administrative team.  As a teacher at Stokes for the last few years I have come to know what amazing staff, students, and families we have here at our school.” remarked Mrs. Deinert on March 27, 2017, her first day at her new position. 


      “The appointment of Mrs. Everett and Mrs. Dienert, as the new leadership team at Stokes, reaffirms our district’s commitment to the children and staff of Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School. Both bring with them an understanding of the needs of the community and also the instructional ability to move this school, already recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and four time Delaware ‘Recognition School’, forward.” said Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.


      The CRSD looks forward to Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School’s continued success under their leadership.  

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      (Camden, DE)  This week, internationally-renowned children’s author Julia Cook will partner with the Early Childhood Pathway students at Caesar Rodney High School to work with the younger students at W.B. Simpson Elementary School, in teaching concepts of tolerance and acceptance. Using Cook’s recently released book, The Judgmental Flower, the students will explore the skill of valuing the differences of others.


    “Our goal is to give our Pathway students the practical experience of working with children,” says CRHS Family and Consumer Science Teacher Amy Finley. “We are thrilled that they will have this once in a lifetime opportunity working with Julia Cook in teaching the themes of The Judgmental Flower. Our students desire to move on to careers in early childhood education, and they will obtain tools this week that will serve them and their future students for years to come.”


    The schedule for this week, weather permitting:


    Wednesday, March 15, 2017


    Julia Cook presents to the Early Childhood Pathway students at Caesar Rodney High School (LGI room):


    Session 1: 8:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.


    Session 2: 9:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.


    Session 3: 12:20 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.


    Thursday, March 16, 2017


    Julia Cook assembly at W.B. Simpson Elementary School


    8:55 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.: Julia Cook presents to elementary student body: “The Judgmental Flower”


    9:40 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Caesar Rodney High School Early Childhood Education students conduct a lesson in the individual classrooms (Lessons include extension and enrichment activities linked to The Judgmental Flower)


    10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: High school students create a flower garden representing the elementary school student body using the handprints created during the lesson. This will be done on a large wall space in the hallway at W.B. Simpson. (Julia Cook will remain at W.B. Simpson for writer’s workshop sessions in the afternoon.)


    Friday, March 17, 2017


    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Julia meets with the individual Early Childhood Education classes for small group question and answer sessions and book signing at the high school.


    “Two things that must exist in any functional human relationship are trust and communication,” says Cook. “Without both, the relationship becomes unsustainable. Once a person develops hateful feelings, and shares them with those around, others can be influenced and begin to take on the same attitude. By increasing trust and developing better communication skills we can improve tolerance and increase acceptance and understanding.”


    More about Julia Cook:

    Beloved "Cook books" have won multiple accolades, including several AEP (American Educational Publishers) Distinguished Achievement Awards, Mom's Choice Awards and National Parenting Seals of Approval. It would be hard to find an elementary school counselor who doesn't know Cook's resources.  She is a former teacher and counselor who has authored over 70 books published by the CDC, Boys Town Press and the National Center for Youth Issues. Her gift is the ability to effectively translate important adult, behavioral and mental health information into kid language.  


    Many ‘Cook books’ are especially helpful to children on the autism spectrum and have been endorsed by the Alaska Department of Education. Her books have also been endorsed by EAGALA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Chidhelp, Darkness to Light, USA Volleyball, the CDC and the list goes on. Julia's books have been featured in Parents magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Fatherly.com and CNN's Headline News. For more information, go to www.juliacookonline.com.



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    (Wyoming, DE.)  Teachers from each of the twelve Caesar Rodney School District schools have been selected to represent their students and staff as 2017-2018 Building Teachers of the Year.   This May, one of these teachers will emerge as the district's Teacher of the Year and will then compete in October against educators from across the state to become State Teacher of the Year.


    “I want to congratulate each of our Building Teachers of the Year.  They are excellent examples of the commitment that the Caesar Rodney School District has made to our students and our community.  Selecting only one of these outstanding teachers to represent our district in the statewide Teacher of the Year competition will be a challenge.”  remarked CRSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.  


    Listed in alphabetical order they are:


    Tracie Brewer – Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School

    Colleen Cabaud – McIlvaine Early Childhood Center

    Molley Crist – Major George Welch Elementary School

    Katrina Custer – W. B. Simpson Elementary School

    Anna Maria Farro – John S. Charlton School

    Kyle Hill – Star Hill Elementary School

    Charles Konadu-Adjei – Dover Air Base Middle School

    Danielle LeNoir – F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School

    Alexandra March – Fred Fifer III Middle School

    Nicole Monroney – W. Reily Brown Elementary School

    Xue Qin – Allen Frear Elementary School

    Nora Tuke – Caesar Rodney High School



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       (Wyoming, DE)  The Caesar Rodney School District is pleased to announce that Mrs. Brittney Stewart has been appointed head coach of the Caesar Rodney High School Field Hockey Team.


       Mrs. Stewart, who has served as an assistant coach for both the field hockey and girl’s lacrosse teams, was the goalie on Caesar Rodney’s 2004 DIAA State Championship Field Hockey Team.  Mrs. Stewart competed collegiately at the Division I level while attending West Chester University.


    Upon graduation, Mrs. Stewart returned to Caesar Rodney where she currently teaches Algebra I in the high school’s Freshman Academy.


      “We’re so excited to have Brittney Stewart at the helm of the CRHS field hockey program.  I’m certain that the young women on the team will learn a great deal about the game from her, and we look forward to her dynamic leadership on the field.” remarked CRHS principal Dr. Sherry Kijowski.   


       “It is an honor to coach at my Alma mater.” said Stewart. “I have a passion for this sport and a strong commitment to my Caesar Rodney family.  As a member of the 2004 State Championship Team, I remember what it meant to me as a player, my coaches, and this whole district to bring home that title.”


       “I also, remember the hard work that went into that success.  I believe that through hard work, dedication and a passion for this sport we can once again make our community proud.” remarked Mrs. Stewart.



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      (Wyoming, DE)  Caesar Rodney School District is pleased to announce that Nicole Jones will serve as the next principal of Dover Air Base Middle School.  Current DABM principal Dr. David Santore is retiring.   His last day is February 15th.


      Mrs. Jones comes to DABM from Nellie H. Stokes Elementary School, also in the Caesar Rodney School District, where she has been serving as principal since 2012. 


      “It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the next principal of Dover Air Base Middle.  I am looking forward to working alongside the amazing staff and school community.” remarked Mrs. Jones.  


      Under her leadership, Stokes has been the recipient of four State Recognition Awards in the last 5 years. 


      Before becoming an administrator at Stokes, she served as a 5th grade teacher, academic liaison teacher (ALT), and as assistant principal.   Prior to coming to Caesar Rodney, she was a middle school mathematics teacher.


       “It is my goal to continue the tradition of excellence to which the community has grown accustomed.   I truly believe you always have to finish stronger than where you start and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.” said Mrs. Jones.


      Mrs. Jones will officially start at DABM on February 16, 2017.  However, she will be visiting intermittently prior to that date to acclimate herself to the instructional and operational culture of the school and to meet the staff and students.  


      The CRSD looks forward to Dover Air Base Middle School’s continued success under her leadership.  

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