Congratulations to Ms. Thompson, NSE's 2020 Teacher of the Year!
We are thrilled to congratulate Ms. Thompson on her selection as NSE's 2020 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Thompson is an Early Childhood teacher, and she is well known for her positive, kind disposition.
Congrats, Ms. Thompson! We are thrilled to have you represent NSE as our Teacher of the Year!
Congrats, Mrs. Collins, NSE’s ESP Award Recipient!
Congrats to Mrs. Collins for being selected as NSE’s Education Support Professional Award Recipient for 2019-2020! In order to be eligible for this reward, the recipient must be a positive role model in the school and community, demonstrate strong involvement in the school district, and exhibit outstanding professional practice. Mrs. Collins does all this and more as a paraprofessional in NSE’s Early Childhood program. Mrs. Collins joined the Smyrna School District in 2007 and has been a paraprofessional at JBM and NSE. Students and staff members alike know Mrs. Collins for her warm, embracing nature. No matter the weather, she always brings the sunshine! Ms. Collins says the best part of her job is working with the students and the connections she makes with their families. Her motto is “Have a great day on purpose” because a lot of things can happen in a day, but we have the power to make it good. Our staff and students are truly appreciative of all she does, and we are so very proud to have her represent NSE.
Congratulations to Ms. Brewer, NSE's Teacher of the Year, 2018-2019!
NSE is thrilled to announce Ms. Brewer was selected as NSE’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Kailey Brewer is currently in her fifth year of teaching, and in her fourth year of teaching fourth grade at North Smyrna Elementary. Prior to teaching fourth grade at NSE, she taught third grade for one year at W. Reily Brown. She is a graduate of Smyrna High School where she was a member of many clubs and also played field hockey, basketball, and soccer. Ms. Brewer then went to York College of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Special Education minor. She was also a collegiate athlete, playing on the York Field Hockey team. She is currently working towards earning her Masters of Education degree in Reading from Wilmington University.
In addition to her academic accomplishments, Ms. Brewer has been coaching the JV Field Hockey team at Smyrna High School for five years. She is also the head coach of Girls on the Run and a member of the Restorative Practice team at North Smyrna Elementary.
Ms. Brewer believes that teamwork is a critical component in finding success in the teaching profession. She believes that when teachers, specialists, and administrators work together as a team, they find success and provide better opportunities for their students. She also knows that in the classroom, students must feel as if they are members of a team so that they are given a comfortable, safe, and positive learning environment. Together Everyone Achieves More!
Congrats, Mrs. Brewer! We are honored to have you represent our school!
Congrats, Mrs. Carden, NSE’s Education Support Professional Award Recipient for 2018-2019
Congrats to Mrs. Carden for being selected as NSE’s ESP Award recipient. Mrs. Carden was recognized by the Smyrna School District Board of Education and Administration at the December 19th Board Meeting. In order to be eligible for this reward, the recipient must positive and professional in the school and community, demonstrate strong involvement in the school district, and show outstanding practice. Mrs. Carden does all this and more as a paraprofessional with the SSD for the past 16 years. Mrs. Carden does a phenomenal job supporting our students not only during school hours but also with the Boys & Girls Club in their after school and summer programs. Students and staff throughout the school know Mrs. Carden by her kind, caring demeanor and her willingness to help others at all times. Mrs. Carden says the best part of her job is being around children and watching them grow. Our staff and students are truly appreciative of all she does, and we are so very proud to have her represent NSE.
Chris Sfamurri - North Smyrna Elementary Teacher of the Year 2017-2018
We would like to congratulate Mr. Sfamurri on being named North Smyrna Elementary’s Teacher of The Year!! Mr. Sfamurri began his teaching career at North Smyrna Elementary the fall of 2013 as our physical education teacher. Mr. Sfamurri always knew he wanted to teach young people and coach the sports he loved. He studied Physical Education K-12 at Wesley College and played offensive line for the football team. After graduation Mr. Sfamurri moved back home to Pennsylvania with hopes of fulfilling his dream of teaching. Mr. Sfamurri returned to Delaware and began working as an assistant football coach at his alma mater. After three years at Wesley College, Mr. S. (as we all know him) came to North Smyrna Elementary. Mr. S. further inspires our students by coordinating an intramural basketball team and district-wide elementary school basketball tournament, collaborating with colleagues for Read Across America events, Special Olympics Soccer, American Heart Association Hoops for Heart, and Philadelphia Flyers Faceoff for Fitness classes and assemblies. He not only inspires our students, but students on the high school football as an assistant coach.
Teacher of the Year - 2016-2017
Mrs. Allabaugh fell in love with school at a very young age and teaching was always her dream. She was born and raised in Smyrna and graduated as a Smyrna Eagle in 2005. Following high school, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Delaware, and minored in Leadership. She earned her master’s degree in Special Education from Wilmington University. Mrs. Allabaugh started her career with the Smyrna School District as a substitute teacher then went on to teach fourth grade at Sunnyside Elementary. After three months she then began teaching preschool. She is incredibly grateful for the six years she has been with the Smyrna School District and all of her students hold a special place in her heart. On the last day of school Mrs. Allabaugh always sheds tears of sadness and great pride. She always reflects on the many milestones her students have achieved during the school year.
Outside of school, Mrs. Allabaugh has been happily married for six years. She is a very proud, loving, and obsessed aunt. Aside from her family her other interests include golfing, skiing, crafting, and almost anything Penn State. She has a 25 lb. temperamental cat and a very friendly bunny who’s second home is her classroom.
Sandra Hall - State Teacher of the Year, Smyrna School District & North Smyrna Elementary Teacher of the Year
Sandra has been with the Smyrna School District for twelve years starting as a substitute teacher then becoming a band paraprofessional at the middle school. Sandra joined the North Elementary family in 2007 teaching third grade then moved up to fourth grade in 2008 which is where she is currently teaching.
Sandra is a graduate of Smyrna High school continuing her education at Goldey Beacom College where she earned her Associate of Science degree in Business. She went on to further her education at the University of Louisville earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Sandra received her Master of Education degree in Elementary Studies from Wilmington University.
Sandra is very active in her community as well, teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School at her church, coordinated the PNC Bank at School, coordinates the Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser at our school and Smyrna Veterans of Foreign War.
You can walk into Sandra’s classroom any given day and see her students engaged in whatever lesson they are working on. Some of her students have said, “I like Mrs. Hall as a teacher because of how she is always there to help someone when they need it. “Mrs. Hall always tries hard to teach us and never gives up on us” and another student said, “Mrs. Hall is always very cheery and never puts us down.”
Not only do her students appreciate the teacher she is her parents do as well. Some of her parents have said, “She embraces each child’s gifts and encourages individuality. She fosters creativity and independent thinking.” Another parent said, “She chose Mrs. Hall as her child’s teacher because she very organized and cared about her students.”
Sandra lives in Smyrna with her husband and two daughters.
We are very fortunate to have such a compassionate, caring and creative teacher on our staff here at North Elementary.
Dianna Ferris - Teacher of the Year 2014-2015
Congratulations to Ms. Dianna Ferris for being selected our Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. Ms. Ferris graduated from Wilmington University in 2009 with her Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education. She earned her Graduate Deegree in Applied Educational Technology in 2011. Ms. Ferris has worked four years in second grade. In her free time she enjoys running with her dog and our Girls on the Run team. Ms. Ferris demonstrates great dedication to her students. We are very proud to have Ms. Ferris representing North Smyrna Elementary.
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Inquiries should be directed to the District Superintendent. 82 Monrovia Ave, Smyrna, Delaware 19977, or telephone (302) 653-8585