Seven administrators from Sussex County schools received their doctoral degrees on May 22, 2022, a result of the “WilmU Comes to You” initiative.
In 2019, Cape Assistant Superintendent Jenny Nauman began exploring opportunities to earn her doctoral degree. A Wilmington University representative informed her that WilmU would bring a program to Georgetown if five scholars enrolled. Immediately, seven educators signed on: Nauman; Lewes Elementary Principal Kim Corbidge; Beacon Middle Assistant Principal Kathleen Sheehan; Cape High Principal Nikki Miller; Mariner Middle Assistant Principal Emily Lehne; Sussex Consortium Assistant Principal Liz Cherico; and Sussex Consortium Special Education Coordinator Trish Wilson.
The program continues to bloom throughout the First State. More than 20 Colonial School District teachers have expressed interest in joining a cohort-based leadership academy that will result in a master’s degree and state certification as school leaders. The cohort will meet weekly in Colonial District facilities and will be taught by district leaders.
A similar program is about to begin in the Appoquinimink School District, where more than 80 teachers will work toward advanced degrees and certificates.