School of the Arts teacher named to Delaware Dream Team

SELBYVILLE – Nichele Lobo of Southern Delaware School of the Arts was one of 45 teachers statewide to be named to the Delaware Department of Education’s 2016 Delaware Dream Team.

These talented educators were nominated by their districts and charter schools to participate in an intense math and leadership-focused professional learning opportunity that will strengthen the Common Core State Standards in Delaware.

This is the third year educators have participated in the Delaware Dream Team led by LearnZillion, a digital curriculum and professional learning provider.

“Participating as a teacher in the Delaware Dream Team has been one of the best professional developments that I have received. I felt so invigorated following my experience that I felt the desire to be part of this community again,” said Jennifer Guido, a third grade teacher at Shields Elementary in the Cape Henlopen School District. “I am thrilled to return as a coach for the third cohort of Dream Team educators and help them scale their impact beyond their classrooms.”

Other Dream Team members from Southern Delaware:

  • Kristin Carmen, Sussex Technical High    School;
  • Rachel Bonnewell, Woodbridge Middle School;
  • Jacky Allman, Seaford Frederick Douglass Elementary;
  • Tara Backus. Seaford Middle School;
  • Kristin Brent, Seaford Central Elementary;
  • Bill Curtis, North Laurel Elementary;
  • Julie Davis, Laurel Middle School;
  • Kim Marquis, Blades Elementary, Seaford;
  • Kristy Marshall, Delmar High School;
  • Judy Mills, Delmar Middle School;
  • Courtney White, Seaford Central Elementary.

Members of the 2016 Delaware Dream Team were nominated by their district or charter leaders for their passion for learning, collaborative mindset and strong leadership in the classroom. These math educators represent 17 districts and four charter schools in the state, with an average of 11 years of classroom experience. Among the group, 28 teach elementary math and 17 teach middle and high school math.

“The Delaware Dream Team develops teacher leadership that supports and furthers the Common Core standards,” said Michael Watson, the chief academic officer for the Delaware Department of Education. “Each year this opportunity allows districts to identify talent and build school support around practices that engage and benefit all Delaware students. We are excited about the state’s deep focus on math, and we congratulate every member of the new 2016 team.”

Eleven of the 45 teachers participated in TeachFest Delaware: Spring Academy, a one-day, state-wide Common Core professional learning workshop hosted by the Delaware Department of Education and LearnZillion in May 2015. Spring Academy participants created practical instructional resources in math and literacy with the support of Delaware Dream Team teachers from the 2014 and 2015 cohorts, who served as small group facilitators during the event.

The Delaware Dream Team teachers will convene at TeachFest Delaware, a two-day professional learning experience Jan. 28-29 in Dover. At TeachFest Delaware, teachers will dive into an intensive program of highly structured coach and peer collaboration led by LearnZillion. Teachers will develop their skills in teaching for conceptual understanding and fostering productive struggle in their classrooms. Post-TeachFest Delaware, the 2016 Delaware Dream Team members will apply what they’ve learned in their classrooms and meet virtually with their coaching group to reflect and continue planning.

Joined by alumni from the 2014 and 2015 cohorts, the 2016 Delaware Dream Team will reconvene for three evening workshops throughout the spring focused on leading impactful professional learning with colleagues and models of teacher leadership. The Delaware Dream Team network will plan for leading professional learning experiences and will debrief their experiences in person and through virtual coaching group meetings.

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