AASA Central | Shawn Larrimore, Superintendent, Laurel School District, Laurel, Del. and Victoria Gehrt, Superintendent, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, Wilmington, Del.
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Shawn Larrimore, Superintendent, Laurel School District, Laurel, Del. and Victoria Gehrt, Superintendent, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, Wilmington, Del.

Delaware: Leaders Matter


Nominated By: Tammy Croce, Executive Director, Delaware Association of School Administrators


 

Shawn Larrimore, Superintendent, Laurel School District, Laurel, Del.

https://www.laurel.k12.de.us/

 

Shawn Larrimore (https://www.laurel.k12.de.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=637869&type=u), utilizing a systemic process to improve instruction resulting in increased student achievement, has seen good gains in student achievement. A district-wide walkthrough and feedback process along with data tools to connect student progress to interventions have been keys to their success.

Larrimore is the driving force behind this initiative. A small district in rural southern Delaware, Laurel School District has a low-income rate of 48.8 percent. Larrimore and his team designed and implemented a plan that had focus and provided the professional development and feedback to ensure success. This initiative is a great example of districtwide systemic change.

Exemplars of Leadership:

  • Employed systematic process for achievement improvement with an emphasis on being highly visible and accessible for community feedback.
  • Deployed structure staff improvement plan as essential element of reform efforts.

 

Victoria Gehrt, Superintendent, New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, Wilmington, Del.

http://www.nccvt.k12.de.us/

New Castle County Vocational Technical School District includes four high schools in New Castle County Delaware. The district offers a variety of vocational and technical pathways.  Victoria Gehrt (http://www.nccvt.k12.de.us/parents-prospective-students/district-administrators/victoria-c-gehrt-ed-d/) has worked diligently to expand programming to meet the needs of the job market and to develop a long list of business partners who offer insight for programming as well as job training for students.

Gehrt is a true advocate for vocational technical training and has worked to assure the district is aligned with the current and future job market.  She has built a strong leadership team that is forward thinking and passionate about their work.

Exemplars of Leadership:

  • Expanded programs to mirror job market as identified by business partners.
  • Developed a leadership team clearly focused on common goals.

To learn more about the superintendents profiled in AASA’s Leaders Matter campaign, visit aasacentral.org/leadersmatter. To join the conversation via Twitter, please access #LeadersMatter.

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