The following individuals were the Education Support Professional of the Year for their district/charter. They were nominated by their districts and the Delaware Charter School Network to represent their school communities in the Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPY) program. The state program will choose one person annually to serve as Delaware’s ESPY. DDOE is excited to recognize these outstanding professionals whose work is vital to students’ success.

Appoquinimink School District

Valerie Raab (awarded posthumously)

Middletown High School, Paraprofessional

Brandywine School District

Ryan Matthews

P.S. duPont Middle, Paraprofessional

Caesar Rodney School District

Paula Kohout

W.B. Simpson Elementary, Paraprofessional


Cape Henlopen School District

Chantal Smith

Richard Shields Elementary, Paraprofessional

Capital School District

Jamel Troutt

William Henry Middle School, Paraprofessional

Christina School District

Alice Williams

Jennie E Smith. Elementary Senior administrative secretary


Colonial School District

Holly Wiedenmann

Southern Elementary School, Paraprofessional

Delaware Charter School Network

Suzanne Musacchio

Charter School of Wilmington, Assistant to the president/admissions director

Delmar School District

Odell Jones, Jr.

Delmar Middle/High School, Intensive Learning Center assistant


Indian River School District

David Clark

Indian River High School, IT technician

Lake Forest School District

David Thomas

East Elementary School, Computer lab/technology paraprofessional

Laurel School District

Justin Saulsbury

Laurel High School, Custodian


Milford School District

Robert Newsome

Lulu Ross Elementary School, Paraprofessional

New Castle County Vo-Tech School District

Megan McClelland

Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Paraprofessional

Polytech School District

James Demko

Polytech High School, Technician plant operator/maintenance


Red Clay Consolidated School District

Kathryn Ellis

A.I. duPont High School, Paraprofessional

Seaford School District

LuAnn Holden

Central Elementary School, School behavior interventionist

Smyrna School District

Nadine Collins

North Smyrna Elementary School, Paraprofessional


Sussex Technical School District

Philip Wilson

Sussex Technical High School, Technology coordinator

Woodbridge School District

Thomas “Pete” Faulk

Woodbridge Middle School, Chief custodian