The following individuals were the Teacher of the Year for their district/charter. They have been chosen to represent their school communities in the Delaware Teacher of the Year (TOY) program. The state program will choose one person annually to serve as Delaware’s TOY. DDOE is excited to recognize these outstanding professionals whose work is vital to students’ success.

Appoquinimink School District

Karen Speciale

Brick Mill Elementary, Spanish

Brandywine School District

Judson Wagner

Brandywine High School, Physics and engineering

Caesar Rodney School District

Beth Schmidt

Nellie H. Stokes Elementary, Grade 1


Cape Henlopen School District

Jorge Moreno Jaen

Milton Elementary, Grade 1 Spanish immersion

Capital School District

Julie Eaby

Booker T. Washington Elementary, Grade 4

Christina School District

Jeffery Dombchik

Christiana High and MSHA, Instrumental music (Grades 8-12)


Colonial School District

Khayree Bey

McCullough Middle School, Health/physical education

Delaware Charter School Network

Melissa Tracy

Odyssey Charter School, High school social studies

Delmar School District

Kate Hakeem

Delmar Middle School, English learners


Indian River School District

Brandon McCabe

Sussex Central High School, Agriculture structures/engineering

Lake Forest School District

Amber Hobbs

North Elementary School, Kindergarten

Laurel School District

Lindsay Parsons

North Laurel Early Learning Academy, Prekindergarten


Milford School District

Kimberley Webb

Lulu Ross Elementary School, Grade 4

New Castle County Vo-Tech School District

Anthony Reid

Howard High School of Technology, Mathematics

Polytech School District

Cameron Sweeney

Polytech High School, Social Studies


Red Clay Consolidated School District

Kimberly Stock

McKean High School, English/English learners

Seaford School District

Kathi Adams

Blades Elementary School, Kindergarten immersion

Smyrna School District

Holly Hufford

Smyrna Middle School, Agriculture Science


Sussex Technical School District

Kelli Gehrke

Sussex Technical High School, Digital publishing/design

Woodbridge School District

Jessica Leone

Woodbridge Middle School, Agriculture