The Delaware Department of Education made more changes recently with their leadership. No formal announcement came out for these, but I did some super-sleuthing on their website to figure it out.
A long-time face at the DOE is missing from the top rung of leadership. Susan Haberstroh. She has been with the DOE since Mike Matthews was wearing diapers. I think. Her position as policy analyst has been replaced by Emily Cunningham. She introduced herself to me the other day at the House Education Committee meeting. Where is Haberstroh? Don’t despair. She is still there. She is heading up the School Support Services (School Climate/Bullying, School Counselors, Nutrition and Nursing) division of the DOE.
Watson and Rivello are still there. I can’t remember when Watson’s last day is but Rivello told me her last day is February 2nd. Rivello’s replacement will lead the Educator Support area (I’m glad they changed the name from Teacher Leader Effectiveness Unit).
Alison May is still in charge of communications down here in Dover. So if you file a FOIA request with the DOE, she is your point of contact.
Michael Rodriguez is a new name to me. He leads the Student Support division. My apologies if he has been with the DOE for a while now and recently got a promotion. But he is from the Indian River School District and served as the Principal of North Georgetown Elementary School. Say, isn’t Secretary Bunting from Indian River?
If it looks like Karen Field Rogers is in charge of a lot, that’s because she is. Aside from the Academic Division, she oversees the rest of the DOE. That is a lot of work! Watson’s replacement will oversee the Academic side of things.
Two areas that appear to be in a silo are Office of Early Learning led by Kimberly Kraznowski and the Office of Innovation and Improvement (or as I like to call it the Christina Derangement Office) led by ex-Brandywine Assistant Superintendent Dorrell Green. But everyone answers to Secretary Bunting who answers to Governor John Carney who answers to… well, nobody. Except for Mrs. Carney.
What this picture doesn’t tell you is who is in charge of all those subdivisions. Luckily, I figure it out. You just have to click on the subdivision title in the PDF and it tells you. So here it is:
Curriculum, Instruction, and Personal Development: Shelley Rouser
Student Assessment: Theresa Bennett
Exceptional Children Resources: Maryann Mieczkowski
CTE/STEM: Luke Rhine
Language Acquisition/Immersion: Greg Fulkerson
Higher Education: Shana Payne
Human Resources: Jeanette Hammon
Performance Management: Chantel Janiszewski
Data Management and Governance: Adrian Peoples
Adult & Prison Education: Maureen Whelan
Driver Education (Public/Non-Public): Michael Wagner
Title/Grants Support: Vacant
DIAA Athletics: Thomas Neubauer
Educator Effectiveness: Shannon Holston
Licensure/Certification: Wendy Modzelewski
Investigations: Charles Simpson
Finance: Kimberly Wheatley
Technology: Patches Hill
Charter Schools: Denise Stouffer
School Transportation: Gregg Tulowitzky
Capital Projects: James Pennewell
Now this isn’t the entire DOE. Underneath all those subdivisions are many more people. I’m not going to list them all. But this is the core leadership at the Department of Education. So if you have a question about something, I would direct it towards one of these DOE employees. If you annoy the DOE too much, they will send you to Alison May if you are just an average citizen who just so happens to write a blog and writes about the DOE here and there.
The State Board of Education office is in the Townsend Building but they are NOT the DOE. Many people confuse the two. Donna Johnson is the Executive Director with a huge staff of one, her receptionist.
So this is the Delaware DOE. Of course I will keep you updated once Rivello and Watson’s replacements have been named. The Delaware DOE looks different than it did three and half years ago when I first started this blog. Some names are still there, but many are gone: Schwinn, Ruzkowski, Reyna, Blowman, etc. I did hear that David Blowman is now with the Delaware Community Foundation. Bunting is the third Secretary of Education since I started. The DOE is a calmer place than it used to be. Or I just don’t hear enough about what goes on down there now. Something I have no doubt they don’t mind at all!