Rodel Teacher Council Members

Council Members

Stephanie Alexander
K-2 ILC Teacher
Southern Elementary
Colonial School District

This is Stephanie’s fifth year teaching in the intensive learning program at Southern Elementary in the Colonial School District. She graduated from Wilmington University with my bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education. Stephanie is the Southern Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. She has a passion for incorporating socials emotional learning into my classroom and driving the force for change across Delaware. Stephanie believes educators cannot just focus on the academics but educating the whole child. In her free time, Stephanie loves to spend time with her almost one year old daughter and husband. They enjoy doing things outdoors and spending time as a family.

Sherlynn Aurelio
Retired National Board Certified Literacy Specialist

Over the past 40 years, Sherlynn’s experiences in education have been unique. Starting as an active parent in the 1980’s, she was elected as a member of the Red Clay School Board. After endless discussions concerning the growing achievement gap between the advantaged and less advantaged, she purposely changed careers to pursue a teaching degree from Wilmington University. There, she was able to combine her passion for closing the gap with formal education degrees, which include a dual certification in early childhood and elementary education and minor in literacy, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, a literacy specialist certification, and National Board Certification. Sherlynn started teaching first grade but has served as a literacy specialist for most of career in the Christina and Colonial School Districts, an achievement specialist at EastSide Charter School, and project manager for the Delaware Readiness Team initiative. Other affiliations include: Fellow with the Teachers Network Leadership Institute DE and the Hope Street Group; Early Literacy Consultant for Social Venture Partners; participant in Vision 2015, Delaware Early Childhood Council, and other state committees. Sherlynn was honored in 2011 at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in the urban setting. Recently, she led a team of teachers in bringing together the Delaware Department of Education, school districts, University of Delaware, and other agencies in a grassroots effort to improve social emotional learning in Delaware.

Dr. Tim Brewer
Instructional Technology Coach
Hodgson Vocational and Technical High School
New Castle Vocational Technical School District

Tim is beginning his 23rd year of teaching, and is currently a Instructional Technology Coach at Hodgson Vocational and Technical High School in New Castle County Vocational Technical School District. He also served on the staff at St. Georges Technical High School. Tim is a member of the BRINC consortium’s first cohort of teachers implementing blended learning in their classrooms. In addition to his responsibilities at Hodgson, Tim is also an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University, where he teaches online and face-to-face hybrid undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of science. Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in earth and space science from West Chester University, a Master of Education degree in school leadership and instruction from Wilmington University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree in higher education teaching and learning from Argosy University.

Karen Eller
Dual Certified Elementary Education Teacher, M.Ed.
Stubbs Elementary School
Christina School District

Karen is a fourth grade teacher at Stubbs Elementary School in the Christina School District. She is her school’s ELA chair and also serves on the School Leadership Team. She was the Bancroft Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Christina District Teacher of the Year in 2014. Also in 2014, she received the City of Wilmington Education Award and in 2015 was recognized as an iEducate Delaware honoree. Karen is also a member of the State Network of Educators. Karen serves on the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission to advise the governor and General Assembly on improvements to public education in Wilmington. She also serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, the State Systemic Improvement Council, Next Generation Science Standards Teacher Leader Cohort, and is a Schools That Lead Teacher Leadership Initiative participant, focusing on advancing powerful student learning. Karen earned her Master of Science degree in elementary special education and is proud to be an educator in the City of Wilmington.

Lisa Enright
Project SEARCH Instructor
Kent County Community School
Capital School District

Lisa Enright graduated with a degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and a Master of Education degree from Wilmington University. With over 20 years of experience in business, education and instructional technology, Lisa uses these skills to personalize instruction to engage, empower, enhance and extend learning for Project SEARCH interns both in the classroom and the workplace. Lisa has been the Instructor for Project SEARCH at Bayhealth since its implementation in August 2014. In May 2017, Project SEARCH at Bayhealth was named Superstar of Education Award Winner for program excellence by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Lisa was recognized as the 2019 Teacher of the Year for Kent County Community School. Lisa resides in Delaware with her husband, two children and Labrador, Lady Mae.

Amy Riches Filliben
Kindergarten Teacher
Castle Hills Elementary
Colonial School District

Amy Riches Filliben has been teaching kindergarten for 19 years, both half and full day. She holds an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Master’s in Literacy from Wilmington University. She earned the recognition of Teacher of the Year twice, once at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and once at Castle Hills Elementary School. Amy also has had the opportunity to offer professional development at both the building and district level since beginning her career with Colonial School District. Additionally, she has served on the Superintendent’s Full Day Kindergarten Task Force, the Colonial Readiness Team, and the Mastery Based Learning Mathematics Committee. Amy is passionate about early intervention and in her free time enjoys traveling, reading, and all things Disney.

Stephanie Diggins
Teacher Academy/Theatre Teacher
William Penn High School
Colonial School District

Stephanie is entering her ninth year in the field of education, and her sixth year teaching. She is currently in her second year teaching theatre and heading the Teacher Academy at William Penn High School. The Teacher Academy program aims to provide opportunities in the form of classes, various field experiences, and a classroom internship to students who are interested in pursuing a college degree in education. Previously, she taught at Passages Academy in New York City and Westside Montessori in Cincinnati. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in secondary education-integrated language arts from Xavier University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in theatre production and English from the University of Delaware. This is her first year serving on the Rodel Teacher Council.

Robyn Howton
National Board Certified Teacher and ELA Chairperson/AVID Coordinator
Mount Pleasant High School
Brandywine School District

Robyn Howton is a teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandywine School District, where she has taught for 14 years. As a member of first BRINC cohort, she learned to use blended lessons to personalize learning for her students. She now does PD workshops to share what she has learned with other educators. Additionally, Howton volunteers as an academic coach and statistician for Mount Pleasant Green Knights football and track teams. She has served as a National Hope Street Group Fellow and a member of the Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Group. She earned her Bachelor in Science degree in education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, her Master in Education degree in curriculum and instruction and endorsement in educational leadership from Lindinwood University, and is a National Board Certified English teacher. Howton spent the first 14 years of her career teaching about one hour north of St. Louis. She has been a member of the Rodel Teachers Council since 2013.

Lindsay Hudson-Hubbs
Special Education Teacher
G.W.Carver Academy
Indian River School District

Lindsay is in her tenth year of teaching. She is a special education teacher at G.W. Carver Academy in the Indian River School District. She previously worked in the Woodbridge School District and in a day treatment program with the Division of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families (DSCYF). Hudson-Hubbs was a classroom teacher for four years and was fortunate to have experience teaching students from kindergarten through 12th grade. From 2013-2016, she held the position of educational diagnostician at DSCYF. While in that position, Hudson-Hubbs worked with every school district in Sussex County, and two districts in Kent County. For two years, she served with the Literacy Cadre. All of her teaching experience has been with students with Social Emotional needs, and although challenging, she absolutely love working with this population. Prior to teaching, Hudson-Hubbs was a behavior interventionist for three years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral science at Wilmington University, as well as a Master of Education in special education (K-12).

Cheryl Lynn Jones
Montessori elementary teacher
First State Montessori Academy

Cheryl is beginning her 14th year as a Montessori educator. She is currently working as a second and third grade Montessori teacher at First State Montessori Academy (FSMA) in Wilmington, Delaware. This is her fifth year at FSMA. Previously, she taught in a Montessori elementary classroom at Wilmington Montessori School for eight years and Willistown Country Day School for one year. Cheryl has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a Montessori Elementary I credential from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. She has served on her school’s Common Ground for the Common Core Committee for two years. Cheryl is starting her second year as a Lead Teacher Mentor. In her classroom, she combines Montessori curriculum, the Common Core Standards, and Responsive Classroom practices, to make her students’ learning environment a peaceful, productive, and safe place. She feels strongly about the Montessori principle of “following the child” and helping children be reach their fullest potential at their own pace. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis, running, and cooking new recipes.

Jared Lelito
Middle school Math/Special Education Teacher
Fred Fifer III Middle School
Caesar Rodney School District

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Jared Lelito is in his eighth year teaching in Delaware. He teaches math in an inclusion classroom at Fred Fifer III Middle School. Jared completed his undergraduate work at SUNY Buffalo and received a master’s degree in secondary education from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. In addition to teaching, Jared coaches football, basketball, and baseball for the Caesar Rodney High School Riders.

Kevin T. Lair
11th Grade U.S. History Teacher, AP U.S. History Teacher, Data and Interventions Coordinator, Mediation Director, National Honor Society Advisor

Kevin is in his fourth year of teaching at Freire Charter School Wilmington. He currently teaches 11th grade U.S. History and AP U.S. History as well as serves as the data and interventions coordinator for the school. As one of the founding teachers of the school, he leads the peer mediation program, advises the National Honor Society, and also serves on the school’s Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee. He was a 2015 Teach For America Delaware Corps Member, received his B.A. in Political Science and Global Business from Washington College, and earned his M.A.T. from the Relay Graduate School of Education. He seeks to promote educational equity and excellence throughout Delaware and the nation with an interest in elected office. This is Kevin’s second year on the Rodel Teacher Council and continues his work advancing a statewide commitment to social emotional learning.

Kendra Moritz-Rosner
Teacher of Autism and Severe Disabilities
Olive B. Loss Elementary School
Appoquinimink School District

Kendra Moritz-Rosner has been an educator for 12 years, specifically in the area of special education. She has had the pleasure of working with and teaching grades pre-K through 12th grade. Moritz-Rosner has a background as an ESL program specialist as well as reading specialist. She currently works at Olive B. Loss Elementary School, where she teaches students in first through third grade who have learning disabilities. What motivates her every single day is having the ability to help her students find out who they are supposed to be and help make them more independent in various levels of learning. Moritz-Rosner is active in the special Olympics community and also is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Education Association.

Joyce Lester
Business Education Teacher
Bayard Middle School
Christina School District

Joyce Lester has 14 years of classroom experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business education from Temple University and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University. Joyce has served as a Christina Education Association Executive board member, and Christina Education Association area director. Currently, she is a member of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s Unique Programs and Instruction Committee, a student advisor of Business Professionals of America, and a Bayard School Liaison committee member. Joyce has designed and implemented a school-wide job internship program the Sarah Pyle Academy which develops mentor relationships between students and business professionals as well as partnerships between banks, corporations, and the school. She is very passionate about increasing student engagement through frequent interactions with business, corporate, and school communities.

Sophie Lin
Math Teacher
McKean High School
Red Clay Consolidated School District

Sophie works as a high school math teacher in the Red Clay School District. This is her fifth year teaching after joining Teach for America in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Government, and French from Cornell University and Master’s in Secondary Education from Wilmington University.

Elena Miller
Special Education Coordinator
Southern Elementary School
Colonial School District

Elena Miller is a Special Education Coordinator at Southern Elementary School in the Colonial School Distirct, where she collaborates with staff, students, and their families to provide the services and supports kids need to succeed. Prior to this role, Elena spent five years as a classroom teacher, serving a wide variety of students in middle and high school. Elena has a Bachelors degree in English Education and a Masters degree in Special Education, both from the Univeristy of Delaware. She is most passionate about restorative justice, trauma-informed practices, and social- emotional learning in schools, and hopes to see more initiatives surrounding these frameworks drive Delaware schools forward.

Lisa Mims
Fifth Grade Teacher
Pleasantville Elementary
Colonial School District

Lisa Mims is a fifth grade teacher at Pleasantville Elementary. She earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from SUNY New Paltz, and a master of science in early childhood education from Brooklyn College. Mims was the 2008 and 2012 PLV Elementary Teacher of the Year, and the 2008 Colonial School District Technology Teacher of the Year. In 2015, she was named an iEducate Delaware honoree. Mims is passionate about integrating technology in her classroom. She has presented at the school and district level, and at the University of Delaware tech conference. Lisa is an edu-blogger at Diary of a Public School Teacher, and has written guest posts for other education sites and magazines. She is the creator of the YouTube series, “Techfully Yours,” which introduces ed-tech tools. In March of 2018, Lisa Mims did a TEDx Talk titled “The Power of a Caring Educator.” Mims is a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. and a ReadAloudDE volunteer.

Kimberly Neal
Secondary English Teacher
Brandywine High School
Brandywine School District

Kimberly Neal is an English teacher at Brandywine High School, where she has taught for 15 years. She is active in her school community as the former AVID coordinator, a member of the BRINC Consortium, and the former new teacher mentor as well as the former ELA department chair. She has also facilitated blended learning courses for eLearning Delaware. Neal was the Brandywine High School Teacher of the Year in 2013, as elected by her peers and students. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Shippensburg University, and she holds a master’s degree in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University. This is Kimberly’s third term on the Rodel Teacher Council.

Stacey Stump
K-12 Teacher Academy, AP Psychology
Laurel High School
Laurel School District

Stacey is entering her eleventh year in education and her fourth year at Laurel High School. She currently teaches the career and technical education (CTE) pathway, K-12 Teacher Academy. She serves as the Lead Mentor for her building, CTE Department Chair, member of the Data Team, a building representative for the Laurel Education Association and the Educators Rising’s Teacher Leader. She was Laurel High School’s Teacher of Year for the 2017 school year. She attended Wesley College for undergraduate degree in History and American Studies, and attended Western Governor’s University for her Masters in Special Education. She is currently enrolled in the University of Delaware’s Principal Prep Program and aspires to become a school administrator in the future. This is her first year as a member on the Rodel Teacher Council and hopes to advocate for equal access to education for all students and to promote and build the teaching profession.

Kady Taylor
First Grade Teacher
Castle Hills Elementary
Colonial School District

Kady Taylor is currently a first grade teacher at Castle Hills Elementary School, a part of the Colonial School District, and is in her seventh year of teaching first graders. Kady graduated from Shippensburg University with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and is getting ready to graduate from Drexel University with her Master’s in Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Throughout her educational career, Kady has held many different roles alongside that of teacher – curriculum writer, literacy coach, and part-time instructional coach. Partnering with the Relay Graduate School of Education, Kady has also mentored new incoming teachers to the state.Outside of the classroom, Kady is active in leadership within the state and in the Mid-Atlantic region. A former member of Engage Delaware, an initiative of Teach for America, Kady is now a governing board member for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, and is engaged in ongoing action research with the Colonial School District. Kady has a relentless passion to create great opportunities for children.

Michael Williams
Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Teacher, Grade Team Lead, EastSide Charter School Board Teacher Representative for Vision Academies
Eastside Charter School

Originally from Texas, Michael is in his 5th year of teaching in Delaware. Starting his career in teaching with Teach for America, serving the students of the Indian River School District from 2014 -2017 as a middle school Math and AVID Elective Teacher. After completing his 3rd year at Indian River, he moved to Wilmington in pursuit of expanding his teaching career in an urban setting, landing and serving at EastSide Charter School as the 7th and 8th grade Math Teacher, Grade Team Lead, and was recently elected Teacher Representative for EastSide Charter School on Vision Academies Network School Board. Michael is in his 2nd year with EastSide Charter School and hopes to continue to grow his scholars academically, socially, and personally, and further develop an honor and/or academic program before the end of the academic year. All in all, Michael seeks to increase teacher and staff effectiveness in and outside of the classroom through individualized professional development and training. Michael is excited to serve on Rodel Teacher Council on behalf of teachers, students, families, and citizens of Delaware.

Tameka Wingo
Fifth Grade Teacher
Thomas Edison Charter School

Tameka Wingo is a third year 5th grade teacher at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, DE. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration concentrating in marketing from Delaware State University. After an 8 year career in marketing for J.P. Morgan Chase, she left the field and joined the field of education through Teach for America Delaware. As a corp member, she was able to complete a Master’s of Arts program in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. She is passionate in bridging the opportunity gap for all students in Delaware.

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