Mr. Edward B. (Ned) Southworth, IV assumed the role of Head of School in July 2016. Ned’s prior experience includes two years as Head of School at Walden School in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to that post, Ned held several positions at The Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland, where he served as Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of College Guidance, History Teacher, Academic Advisor, and Head Varsity Coach in Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer and Co-ed Soccer. Ned has also spent time as a Sales Manager and Director of Operations in the commercial world.
Outside of work, Ned has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the River Region, Kentucky Youth Lacrosse Association, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Central Presbyterian Church Community Ministry, Queen Anne’s Soccer Club, Centreville Lacrosse Club, and Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks & Recreation.
Ned earned his B.A. in History with a Concentration in Education from Swarthmore College and his M.A. in History from Washington College.
Ned and his wife, Roseann Squire, have three children: son Brownie, daughter Annie, and daughter Izzie.
Mrs. Meryl Hewett has been with MOT Charter School since its inception in 2002, and assumed the role of Business Manager in March of 2004. Prior to joining MOT, Meryl was an Account Manager for International Computaprint Corporation in Fort Washington Pennsylvania. She earned her BA from Temple University, and has two children, Jason and Rachel, who graduated from MOT Charter School K-8 Academy.
I have been involved in education all of my life starting as a young child playing school with my sister and stuffed animals. That passion for teaching and learning has never left me.
I earned my associates degree at Salem Community College and quickly began working with educators as a science trainer in Salem County, New Jersey. I then began my bachelors program at Rutgers University where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in General Science. After several years of teaching middle school science in New Jersey, I began my journey with MOT Charter School teaching middle school science and STEM classes. Throughout my time at MOT, I have been fortunate to be engaged in leadership activities as the school’s lead mentor, science curriculum leader, and student government advisor. I have also been a science kit trainer for the Delaware Department of Education Science Coalition. When opportunity knocks, I always answer and have been very fortunate to have taught science teachers in China for Enterprise for Education and to have been aboard the Joides Resolution, a research deep sea drilling vessel.
After earning my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I spent several years as the Principal of Students and Families before assuming the role of Principal of the K-8 Academy at MOT Charter. This is an extremely rewarding job and I love working with amazing students, families and passionate education professionals.
Mrs. Elaine Elston has served in a variety of administrative positions at MOT Charter School for the past 10 years. Prior to MOT Charter, Mrs. Elston was a teacher leader at Campus Community Charter School. Through her personal experiences, Mrs. Elston has become a front line advocate for choice in public education as her own children attended and graduated from 4 different high schools based on their individual interests and needs.
Mrs. Elston, a native New Yorker, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Cortland and completed her graduate work at Wesley College. She has earned degrees in Broadcast Communications, Education and Curriculum & Instruction. In addition to her administrative experience at MOT Charter School, Mrs. Elston has 28 years of teaching experience in public, private and charter school settings as a classroom teacher as well as a teacher of vocal and instrumental music.
Mrs. Elston is married to Art Elston, a Middletown native, and has four children and three grandchildren.
Dr. John Scali has over 16 years of teaching experience in secondary science. Dr. Scali has received numerous awards, including being named as a 2016 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Throughout his career, Dr. Scali has developed student-centered classrooms that allow students to explore foundational scientific concepts and to advance beyond simply learning about science to interacting with the material and practicing the art of science. John began working at MOT Charter School’s High School campus in its inaugural year. He has been instrumental in developing and driving the application of a science curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. John led the MOT Charter High School’s Science Olympiad team and is an avid musician who also heads up the school’s rock band. In addition to working with high school students, John mentors first and second year science teachers through University of Delaware’s Alternative Routes to Certification program.
John is a three time graduate of the University of Delaware. earning his B.A. in Chemistry Education, M.Ed. in Science Curriculum and Instruction, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Science Curriculum. He is certified as a teacher of chemistry grades 9–12.
Mr. Eric Walter joins MOT Charter High School after holding various teaching positions, as well as serving as an Interim Assistant Principal in the Lake Forest School District. Mr. Walter earned his Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Wilmington University.
Ali Khan has 20+ years of professional experience in information technology, of that 17 years in the financial and banking industry. He currently works as a Service Delivery Manager in the Global Technology area at Barclays Bank in Wilmington, Delaware. Ali’s work focuses on end to end service ownership and improvement, performing risk and control reviews, and vendor management.
Ali graduated in 1995 from Osmania University, INDIA with a Masters in Computer Applications. While attending university he owned a business to assemble personal computers and develop customized software, products were hospital and hospitality (hotel) management systems. During his junior high Ali was captain of the high school sports house and won the annual sports shield.
Ali believes in being connected with community and works with many “not for profit” organizations supporting local and international communities for education, economic and humanitarian purposes. Local to Delaware he has volunteered with local food bank, filled income taxes returns for free, FAFSA form filling, and back to school supplies campaigns.
Ali and wife Swaiba have made Delaware their home since 2000 and are parents to three children: Samiyah (11th Grader), Mir Sa’ad (8th Grader), and Saarah (4th Grader) at MOT Charter School.
Mrs. Allison Banbury holds a B.A. in English Literature from Goucher College and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the College of William & Mary. Allison also maintains her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is licensed as a Professional Counselor of Mental Health in the State of Delaware. In 2015 Allison earned her certification as a Bullying Prevention Specialist through the American School Counselor Association. In her 24 years in education, Allison has worked with students at every grade level and served schools in many capacities including English Teacher, Dean of Students, School Counselor, Director of Student Life, and Wellness Instructor. Allison is a passionate advocate for safe and positive school cultures and is excited be a part of the MOT Charter team as the Dean of Students.
Allison takes a leadership role in our Olweus anti-bullying initiative, the School Climate and Culture Committee, and the mentoring program. Allison is also the Wellness Instructor for grades 3, 4, and 6, and works with individual students who struggle behaviorally and/or socially. Allison and husband Ben enjoy spending time outdoors, visiting with family and friends, and parenting their 4 incredible boys: sons Alec and Will Finch who have attended MOT since Kindergarten, and stepsons Taylor and James who reside in Virginia.
Mrs. Barkus joins us as the new seventh and eighth grade Science teacher at MOT Charter. Most recently, she taught high school Environmental Science, Physical Science, Earth Science and Biology in the Appoquinimink school district. Before that, she served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the St. Andrew’s School and as the Outreach Coordinator for Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. Mrs. Barkus has her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware and is currently working on her Masters in School Leadership at Wilmington University. Mrs. Barkus has three children, two of whom will be joining her at MOT Charter this year. She enjoys reading, bird watching, gardening and spending time with her children and husband.
Mr. Baynard received his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education degree from Wesley College. In addition to teaching Social Studies at Uwharrie Middle School in North Carolina, Joe served in the Athletic Department and was the Assistant Football Coach. Mr. Baynard has been teaching middle school students at Campus Community School in Dover since 2002, where he also created and managed intramural sports leagues for football, basketball, and soccer. Prior to becoming a teacher, Joe served as a Medical Technician and Personnel Training Instructor in the United States Air Force for four years.
Mrs. Taylor Beal began teaching at MOT Charter School as the 7th and 8th grade writing teacher in 2015. She is also head coach of our middle school girl’s travel field hockey team. Her prior experience includes two years at Prestige Academy Charter School for Boys in Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught 5th and 6th grade and was part of the school leadership team as well as head lacrosse coach.
Taylor attended Liberty University, where she played field hockey, and graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelors in Middle Level Education, with a focus on English Language Arts and Social Sciences as well as certifications in Special Education. Most recently, in 2016, Taylor graduated from Wilmington University with a Master’s degree in School Leadership.
Outside of school, Taylor enjoys playing field hockey, reading any book she can get her hands on, and traveling. In the fall of 2016, she married John Beal.
Mr. Thomas Becker is a graduate of Delaware Valley College and is an experienced Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) teacher and trainer. Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Becker taught at Laurel High School and is a leader and coach in our state math coalition. He has led our high school math league to 1st and 2nd place wins in previous years, and is also the coach of the golf team.
Mrs. Lori Cabatingan has taught third grade at MOT Charter School for the past ten years. Prior to that she spent three years teaching fifth grade in a New Jersey elementary school. Lori graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.
Lori lives in Middletown with her husband and two boys. Her oldest son, Cole, is a student here at MOT.
Mrs. Camponelli joined MOT Charter after teaching both general education and special education for 11 years. She earned her BS in Elementary Education at UD and her Master’s from Wilmington University in Applied Technology in Education. She is excited to work with the MOT community, teachers, and students. Mrs. Camponelli likes to run and enjoys time with her family at the beach.
Rick is a corporate attorney with Saul Ewing LLP in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Active in the Delaware community, Rick currently serves on the board of directors of Westside Family Healthcare, the Technology Forum of Delaware, and the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and the executive committee of the Delaware Republican Party. Rick is also a member of the World Affairs Council of Wilmington.
Rick previously served on the boards of directors of the Downtown and Walnut Street YMCAs and Downtown Visions.
Rick studied philosophy at the University of Virginia and holds graduate degrees from Cornell University and the University of Oxford. He attended Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware before serving as Head Page of the United States Senate.
Ms. Carrie Chen earned her Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware before continuing for her Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from West Chester University. In addition, she maintains her Delaware Speech-Language Pathologist state license and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification (CCC). Carrie has over 18 years’ experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, over 10 of which have been with MOT Charter School. Previously, she worked with the Early CHOICES program, providing speech-language services to preschoolers in Colonial School District.
Outside of work, Carrie participates in local community theater productions and volunteers time at her children’s school with the music program.
Mrs. Deputy graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Elementary Education, and has taken graduate classes in Reading instruction at Wilmington College. When she’s not teaching she enjoys scrapbooking, going to the beach, gardening, reading, and watching movies. Her entire family has been involved at MOT Charter for many years, both daughters are graduates and her husband, Morris, has been on the Board of Directors since 2002.
According to Mrs. Deputy, “First grade is such a fun age group because they are so excited about learning and their perspectives on life keep me laughing daily. My favorite part of teaching is watching first graders learn how to read!”
As Middletown Town Manager, Morris’ responsibilites require him to direct and supervise the administration of all the departments through daily coordination with the town superintendent, clerk, solicitor, and auditor. Morris is required to keep the mayor and council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of Middletown and make such recommendations to the mayor and council concerning the affairs of the town, as he deems desirable. Morris graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In 1994, Morris graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to employment with Middletown, Morris worked as a construction foreman with John Julian Construction, and project manager with the engineering consulting firm of KCI Technologies, Inc. In 2000, Morris received his Delaware Professional Engineering license. Morris and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 15 years and reside in Middletown, Delaware with their two children, Alexis(14) and Margaux(9). Alexis is in the 8th grade and Margaux is in 4th grade at the MOT Charter School.
Ms. Lisa Delcollo is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she majored in Health and Physical Education. She has taught in Cecil County Maryland for 12 years and has coached a variety of sports as well. She is an avid runner and plays for numerous softball leagues in the area. Ms. Delcollo is a strong advocate for fitness for life and the development of healthy lifestyle choices.
Mr. Elliott earned his Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Literature focused on Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from University of Delaware, and his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Wilmington University. He loves Latin, science fiction and baseball.
After growing up in upstate New York, Ms. Cara Feeny graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York in 1996. She then went on to complete her Master of Arts in School Psychology in 1997, and continued to complete the Specialist Certification in School Psychology at the University of Delaware in 1999. In addition, Ms. Feeny has been awarded her credentials as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Ms. Feeny has served as the school psychologist at MOT Charter since 2005. Prior to her time at MOT, she was a School Psychologist within the Red Clay School District and Cecil County Public Schools, working with preschool through high school aged children in a variety of settings. She also has experience working to secure services addressing the mental health needs of children and their families through her experience working in the day program and residential treatment center at the Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center.
As a School Psychologist, Cara works to help identify the best approach to support the academic, behavioral, social and emotional success of children in school by encouraging school-wide practices to promote learning and emotional/social growth. She also consults and collaborates with families to support student growth outside of school. She completes assessment and data collection to assess student strengths and needs, and provides and supports teachers and parents with behavioral and mental health interventions and instructional support.
Ms. Feeny currently teaches second, and fifth grade wellness as a related arts class, and has provided instruction in this area to kindergarten and first grade students in previous years. She has completed training in and supports MOT’s Olweus bullying prevention model as a member of the School Climate and Culture Committee. She is also is involved with the K-8 Academy ELL program, assisting with the identification of student needs and intervention planning.
Cara has provided active support to MOT students’ extracurricular activities, as she has previously held the role of coach for the middle school boys and girls travel soccer teams, as well as a coach for Odyssey of the Mind teams. Finally, in addition to her role as school psychologist, Cara is an MOT parent, with her two sons having attended the K-8 Academy.
Mrs. Tracy Friswell-Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is the Artistic Director of the Delaware Arts Conservatory in Bear, DE. She has been a teacher at Cab Calloway School of the Arts and has directed numerous theatrical productions. In addition, she is a talented dancer and vocalist. Her enthusiasm for developing well rounded performing artists is evident throughout her works.
I graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania with a degree in elementary education and attended graduate school at Wilmington University in Delaware. With MOT Charter I have been fortunate to serve as an Administrator and 5th grade language arts and science teacher before assuming my current role. I feel fortunate to foster young learners and continue my journey as a life long learner. I plan to continue enjoying this position and improving my skills each year with great students, parents and staff at MOT Charter School.
Mrs. Goodwin joins us as a new Kindergarten teacher at MOT Charter. Erin brings with her a love of children and eleven years of teaching experience, the last six as a kindergarten teacher in Maryland. Erin has her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University. Mrs. Goodwin comes from a family of educators and is excited to be teaching in the same community in which she lives. She has a preschooler and second grader of her own and enjoys the beach and kayaking.
Mr. Jonathan Guenther earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership at the University of Delaware. With over 5 years teaching experience, including British and World Literature, Mr. Guenther is bringing his love of American Literature and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition to our High School students.
Mr. Guenther’s pedagogy includes encouraging students to become critical observers and thinkers in the world as his teaching is grounded in literature’s power to convey the human experience. His critical perspective examines the role of literature in an increasingly technological society. He often works to incorporate various forms of media in the classroom from fine art to contemporary music and beyond.
Mrs. Michelle Guenther is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she majored in Biological Sciences and Teaching. She previously taught all levels of Biology, Physics and Integrated Science at Woodbridge High School. She is excited to be able to focus all her teaching efforts into biology— her passion! She is also coaching her second passion- field hockey.
In 2017, Mrs. Hancock returns to MOT Charter School and to the role she held for several as our 3rd grade teacher. More recently Mrs. Hancock served as our English Language Learner and Wellness teacher. Mrs. Hancock earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science and her Master’s degree in Instruction. Mrs. Hancock has three children, two of whom currently attend MOT Charter.
Mrs. Harbeson has had a diverse history in MOT Charter School as a teacher, paraprofessional and parent. Mrs. Harbeson began her career in education 21 years ago and joined us as the 4th grade Social studies and ELA teacher with a strong desire to get back to her teaching roots. She earned her BS in Elementary from UD and her Master’s in Special Education from Wilmington University. Mrs. Harbeson loves to travel and will incorporate her many adventures into her social studies lessons.
Mrs. Harris graduated from the University of Delaware with BA in Psychology in 2000 and from Wilmington College with M.Ed in Education in 2004. She completed her student teaching and substituted within the Appoquinimink School District before becoming a third grade teacher at MOT Charter. She has been teaching third grade at MOT Charter School since 2004.
Mrs. Hassig is the Technology teacher at MOT Charter for grades K-8. She is a native New Yorker, born, raised and educated there. She graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Technology and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Instructional Technology. She has taught Second Grade in a public school on Long Island and Technology at two private schools in New York. She has also taught courses in Human Growth and Development for NOVA Southeastern University’s online Master’s Program. She resides in Bear, with her husband, two daughters, dog and two cats. She enjoys computers, writing, reading and LOVES cooking and baking for her family and friends. Ask her about Mustang Chefs!!
Mr. Chad Henderson received his BA in English from the University of Delaware and his MA in American Literature from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he taught English 101 for two years. After receiving certification through the ARTC program, he has been teaching High School English for ten years, in both the Christina and Red Clay Consolidated School Districts.
Chad believes that to succeed in English, students must learn to think critically and practice the art of revision. His course will cover classics – The Odyssey and Macbeth – as well as modern poetry and short stories.
Mr. Herbert earned his Master of Arts in Foreign Language from the University of Delaware. He taught English in Chile, and has been an undergraduate academic advisor and Spanish Language Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Delaware. Mr. Herbert enjoys traveling and meeting new people throughout the world and learning from them.
Mrs. Hernjak earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Widener University and has been a production engineer with Ashland Inc. in Philadelphia. She is excited to move from industry to education and to serve as a role model for young women entering the sciences.
Mrs. Hilario has her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. She completed her student teaching in second grade at MOT and worked in both the third and fourth grades before assuming the lead teaching position in first grade. Mrs. Hilario is the parent of a current MOT Charter students and two MOT Charter graduates.
Mrs. Carrie Howe is a veteran teacher at MOT Charter School having worked with students at many grade levels. She prides herself on assisting struggling learners to build from their already existing strengths and is a great advocate for our full inclusion approach to education. In addition, she has coached many Odyssey of the Mind teams and also accompanies students to the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students.
Mrs. Lauren Hoskins received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware with a concentration in child development and her Masters in General Elementary Education from Wilmington University. Lauren has been teaching for eleven years and has taught Kindergarten, fifth, and first grade. While teaching first grade at the Wilmington Friends School, Lauren served as the Assistant Varsity Swim Coach. Lauren lives in Newark and enjoys spending time with her family, including her son, Lucas.
Stacie Husted graduated from Wilmington University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at MOT Charter School since it opened in 2002. Miss Husted’s favorite part of teaching is sharing her love of reading and writing with the children. Outside of school she enjoys many activities such as shopping, puzzles, reading, canoeing, photography, basket collecting and crafts. She also enjoys endless ball chasing with her two favorite four-legged friends, Macaulay and Macenzie.
Ms. Laura Hutchison graduated from James Madison University and George Mason University where she studied English, Communications and Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on integrating technology. A transplant to Delaware from Virginia, Ms. Hutchison is also a journalist for the Free Lance-Star. She loves working with our students to help them become strong readers and writers of fiction and non-fiction and perhaps even budding journalists as well!
Ms. Natalie Hyman holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Delaware and is currently working on a Master of Instruction in Teaching and Learning at Wilmington University. She has been teaching for 13 years, and spent the past 7 years at Appoquinimink High School.
Mrs. Irons has worked at MOT Charter School since its opening in 2002. She taught second grade for the first eight years and is now teaching 5th grade. Mrs. Irons graduated from the University of Delaware in 1991 earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education from Wilmington College in the spring of 2002. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending time with my family, reading, traveling, going to the beach, swimming, and skiing.
According to Mrs. Irons, “Every year I learn new things from the wonderful students here at MOT Charter School!”
I began my teaching career MOT Charter School in August 2004 after graduating from the University of Delaware with my B.S. in Elementary Education. I completed my Master’s Degree in Instruction from the University of Delaware in August 2011.
I look forward to providing your child with opportunities to express themselves through several educational experiences. I am a firm believer that children learn best through involvement. This includes involvement in educational experiences both in and out of the classroom. Participation in class activities, discussions, group projects and field trips are necessary to provide a deeper understanding for all students involved in the learning process.
Linda Jennings is a founder and former Head of School of the MOT Charter School. A passionate learner herself, Mrs. Jennings worked to bring a unique K-12 experience to students who are eager to learn and explore.
Mrs. Jennings graduated Summa Cum Laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics and Health Fitness. She went on to receive a Juris Doctor with Order of the Coif honors from the University of ·Maryland. Following a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Linda joined the Philadelphia-based law firm, Duane, Morris & Hecksher as a commercial litigator. Prior to her role as the leader of the MOT Charter School, Ms. Jennings was a Senior Executive of the Siegfried Group, where she served as the firm’s General Counsel and Director of Human Resources & Marketing.
Linda is married to Luther Jennings and has two sons–one currently attending the US Naval Academy, and the other the University of Delaware.
Ms. Sarah Killingsworth graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, with a degree in Elementary Education. She is originally from Alameda, California (San Francisco Bay Area) and has taught kindergarten through 4th grade from California to Delaware.
Ms. Killingsworth thoroughly enjoys teaching kindergarten and the opportunity to nurture, guide and challenge young minds. As she often likes to quote ”There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child…there are 7 million!” Kindergarten is definitely an amazing year of growth and development!
Ms. Killingsworth has been teaching kindergarten at MOT Charter for 7 years, and her son, Eric is a student at MOT as well. As a parent and as a teacher she has loved being part of such a vibrant school community, and is proud to be a mighty mustang! In her free time, Ms. Killingsworth enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling and spending time with family.
Mr. Klink earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Aurora University and his masters of Arts in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design. As a filmmaker and artist, Mr. Klink is eager to share his talents in media design with our students.
Mrs. Theresa Lingenfelter earned both her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education in School Leadership and Instruction at Wilmington University.
After spending 18 years in the Colonial School District teaching 6th grade English/Language Arts, she joined MOT Charter High School in 2015 and enjoys working with the 10th grade students teaching safe driving skills to our future drivers.
Mrs. Lomas graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003, earning a degree in elementary and special education with a concentration in math. She began her career teaching special education in grades K-4 at MOT in 2003, but now enjoys teaching 5th grade language arts and math. She was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team for Vision 2015.
Mr. Brian Marley joined MOT after spending seven years teaching at North East High School in Maryland. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Delaware in Secondary Mathematics Education and his Master of Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University. In his free time he enjoys coaching soccer and lacrosse, spending time with his family and taking walks with his dogs.
Ms. Mical is a graduate of Wilmington University where she studied multi-media design and communications. She has been a freelance graphic designer and owner of a family photography studio. Ms. Mical is excited to work with the visual and digital students.
Ms. Michelitch is an energetic special education teacher who has been involved in coaching cheerleading and softball. She joined MOT Charter with over 6 years of experience working with exceptional children. She earned her BA in History and Political Science at the State University of New York at New Paltz and her MA in Secondary Educations at Wilmington University.
Mrs. Patti Mooney is a graduate of Widener University and is a veteran teacher from MOT Charter School. She has enjoyed teaching our high school students after many years with our middle school program. She shares her passion for computer programming and business management and works with the Wilmington University Dual-Enrollment program.
Mr. Murphy has been a Civil Engineer since earning his degree from the University of Delaware in 2011. In addition he has been a drumline instructor at a variety of Delaware and Pennsylvania high schools and very much enjoys inspiring learners of this age.
Ms. Myers earned her Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University. A talented singer, instrumentalist and performer, Ms. Myers enjoys working with our students in all areas of music theory and performance.
Mrs. Nabb earned her Master’s Degree from Moravian College and has been a teacher in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Along with teaching English she has created opportunities to match students with writing mentors and has planned school-wide events and advised numerous clubs.
Ms. Samantha Neubert has been teaching for 14 years, and spent the past 6 years at Appoquinimink High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a minor in German Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and Master of Instruction in Science Education from the University of Delaware. In her free time Sam serves as a board member for the Delaware Science Olympiad.
For twelve years, Shana was a teacher at Campus Community Charter School in Dover where she taught fourth and fifth grade. Shana received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Clemson University and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Wesley College. For the 2016-2017 school year, Mrs. Noll is serving as the K-8 Academy’s Teacher Leader where she works with the teaching faculty on content and instruction. Mrs. Noll and her husband have two children who attend MOT.
Ms. Karen Patterson joined MOT from the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, where she had been since 2011. While at DAPSS, Karen taught American Literature, served as a student service educator, and most recently, held the role of Chief of Academics. Prior to joining DAPSS, Karen taught for in Wilmington for 11 years. Karen earned a her Bachelor of Science in Education, her Master of Education in School Leadership, and her Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Wilmington University.
Mr. Travis Piser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining MOT Travis worked with the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife doing research on fish populations, and also conducted research for the University of Delaware on the North East States Cyber-infrastructure Consortium’s Little Skate Genome Project.
Andrea Popham earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education/Middle School Math and a Masters of Instruction at University of Delaware. Mrs. Popham worked for ten years as a fifth grade teacher at Bancroft Elementary. and is currently the Math Specialist at MOT.
As the math specialist, Mrs. Popham work with students from all grade levels. She teaches RTI groups, enrichment groups and currently is teaching an Advanced Eighth Grade Math Class.
Mrs. Priester graduated from Wilmington University with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education K-6 and special education K-12 and a Masters degree in Gifted and Talented Instruction. Before coming to MOT, she taught 6th grade Science and Social Studies in the Capital School District. Currently, Mrs. Priester is workin on her Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. This year at MOT, Mrs. Priester will be the yearbook advisor.
Mrs. Jean Ramos is a graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College and Wilmington University. Her experience in teaching and managing groups runs the gamut from coaching softball, volleyball and basketball, to teaching reading to 2nd graders, to training recruits for the New Castle County Police Department. Mrs. Ramos’ abilities are diverse but always learner centered.
In 2017, Ms. Rice transitioned from teaching 4th grade Social Studies to the K-8 Arts program. She earned her Bachelors from West Chester University in Elementary Education. She has been passionate about art and working with artists of all ages for the last 12 years by leading after school programs and art camps including her own equestrian art camp.
Mrs. Barbara Riggin is a graduate of Washington College and McDaniel College where she studied Mathematics and Curriculum and Instruction. She has previously served as a math teacher at Bohemia Manor in Maryland and at Grant High School in Oregon. Barbara returned to the East Coast to be closer to family and has enjoyed being part of the High School since 2015.
Mr. Joe Ross spent two years teaching at Frederick A. Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University, with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Social Studies.
Mr. Sanchez earned his B.S. in mathematics from Delaware State University and previously taught at the Early College High School in Dover. He enjoys collaborating with his math colleagues as well as creating cross-curricular opportunities for our students.
As the Account Executive for New Castle Insurance, LTD. Louis is responisible for managing insurance for businesses of all sizes in the Mid-Atlantic region – working as a consultant to support all customers to help them maximize coverage and minimize costs. Louis graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Louis and wife Lisa have five children; Mary, Isabella, Louis, Sofia and Nicholas. They reside in Middletown, Delaware.
Mr. Roger Seedorf has taught over 15 years at the high school level. In addition to teaching Technology Applications, Math, Computer Science, and Career Development, Roger also served as a Work Based Learning Coordinator and Career Counselor for 7 years at a local high school. Prior to his career in education, Roger spent 2 years in the Engineering industry as a Director of Operations and 29 years in the United States Navy, the highlight of which was serving as the “Captain” of a naval nuclear submarine. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Math from the United States Naval Academy, multiple Master degrees and Master level certifications in Information Technology, Nuclear Engineering, Management, and Education, and has also completed some doctoral level studies at the University of Delaware in Instructional Technology.
Chris Sharp graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in English in May, 2001. He went on to complete his Master’s in Elementary Education at Wilmington University.
Chris runs the middle-school Cross Country program and served on the school board from 2005 – 2008. Chris enjoys spending free time with his daughter, Jocelyn, who is currently a student at MOT.
Mr. Snell earned his BS in Physics at Widener University and has taught Physics and physical science at Seaford high School. Prior to teaching, Mr. Snell was a research assistant and looks forward to sharing his strength in making very complex Physics theories and ideas understandable to all!
Steven Stallone (Steve) is the Treasurer and Director for MOT CharterSchool. Steve is also a Senior Client Service Associate for J.P. Morgan – Private Banking UHNW Group. Steve has over twenty years of relevant experience working in the banking, brokerage, mutual fund and insurance industries. Steve is recognized for his skill and relationships with his clients in ultra high net worth, wealth management, institutional investments and 401K groups. He has worked with clients to meet business growth objectives by harnessing new growth and balancing corporate portfolios. Steve Stallone earned a BA degree in Business Administration from Hope College and an MBA degree in Investment Management from Drexel University. He holds series 7, series 63 and series 65 securities licenses and insurance licenses in a number of states. Steve is and Eagle Scout and a 15 year resident of Newark, DE. Steve and his family enjoy spending time at the beach.
Mrs. Heather Stevenson graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wilmington University in 2005. Heather joined the MOT Mustangs in January 2006 as a first grade teacher, and in 2010, switched roles to a substitute teacher to enjoy some time as a stay-at-home mom. In August 2012, she returned to the classroom as a kindergarten teacher. Heather loves the exciting world of kindergarten and welcomes the new adventures that come as children begin their academic career. She enjoys seeking out new and exciting ways to engage students, encourage them to challenge themselves, and make them feel safe and cared for at school.
Outside of school, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and daughter, Kylie, who attends MOT Charter as first grade student. She loves being creative and doing DIY crafty projects.
Sam was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He is a product of 13 years of Catholic School Education. He began his college career at Temple University and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Biology. He then continued his education at Harcum College and graduated in 1995 with his Assosicates Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. He worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant for 12 years and then returned to college at Neumann University where he graduated in 2007 with his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Since he did not have enough education, Sam returned to school at Wilmington University at received a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in 2013. Sam started work as a PTA in a nursing home in Philadelphia. He currently works as the Lead Physical Therapist at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Delaware. He works primarily doing aquatic physical therapy. He strives to ensure progress and positive outcomes with every patient encounter. Sam and his wife, Meredith reside in Middletown with their two children, Bethany and James David. Sam has an older daughter who is currently residing in Swathmore, PA. He is a history buff who loves learning about the Civil War. He enjoys traveling and working in his in-home workshop.
Cathy Swalm has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware, a Masters in Middle Level Education from Wilmington University, and is certified and highly qualified to teach sixth grade math and language arts. Cathy joined MOT with over twenty years of experience in math instruction in both private and charter schools. Mrs. Swalm also has a minor in Spanish and experience and interest in field hockey. She is married with four children, including her daughter, Taylor Beal, who teaches 7th & 8th grade at MOT.
Chairperson & Founding Board Member
Mrs. Jennifer Hubert Taylor is a founding board member of MOT Charter School, which was organized and incorporated in 1999. She teaches the Seventh and Eighth Grade Reader’s Workshop classes at the K-8 Academy campus. Jen is also currently the middle school volleyball coach, a member of MOT Charter’s Instructional Leadership Team, and the Chairperson of the MOT Charter School Board of Directors.
Jen’s educational passion is teaching children to love books and reading. She specializes in Teen and Young Adult fiction as well as the classics, and incorporates historical, societal, cultural, and geographical evolution into her lessons.
Jen earned her B.A in Political Science with Concentrations in both Education and Literature from the University of Delaware and her M.A. in English from Washington College. Prior to college, she was an exchange student in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and speaks almost-fluent Dutch. Jen remains very close with her Dutch host family and enjoys frequent visits.
Jen and her husband, Jim Taylor, have three children, all of whom are also students at MOT Charter: daughter Carson, son Shep, and son Clay. She enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, reading and collecting books, and exploring her family’s Texas farm.
Ms. Angela Trani has over 14 years of teaching experience. She began her career teaching languages at the secondary level, followed by a move to the University of Delaware, where she taught Italian for seven years. Angela holds a BA in Italian and Spanish studies with a concentration in language and literature, and an MA in Latin American Literature. In 2008 Angela traveled to Italy with a group of teachers of all levels and disciplines to prepare a unit of study incorporating Italian art, history and culture. Angela also participated in organizing the first children’s Italian summer camp in Delaware, where she teaches every summer.
Ms. Jennifer Vail is a veteran of MOT Charter School, having taught 6th grade for many years. She was excited to have the opportunity to move up to the High School in 2015 and continue teaching her passion, social studies! She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Wilmington College where she majored in Consumer Economics and Education.
Kristy Walsh graduated from Georgain Court College in 1999 and majored in Elementary Education and Psychology. She was a second grade teacher in Bricktown, NJ for four years. After moving to Delaware in 2005, she taught second and third grade, multi-age, at Campus Community Charter School in Dover, DE for three years. Kristy has been teaching at MOT Charter since 2009. Besides her love of teaching, she has two sons, Connor and Cooper, who attend MOT. She looks forward to many more years of teaching at MOT!
Dave received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware in 1998 and joined First USA Bank as a Unit Specialist responsible for supporting employee goals, ensuring card member satisfaction and minimizing risk. In 2000, Dave became an Operations Manager at PFPC Global Fund Services and was responsible for corporate client satisfaction and employee development.
In 2003, Dave joined Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate as a Sales Associate. In 2007, Dave was named Assistant Sales Manager and Director of Training for the Newark Residential Sales Center. Dave is licensed as an Associate Broker in Delaware and as a Residential Sales Associate in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Dave and his wife Christie reside in Middletown with their 3 children Madison, Hailey, and Luke. Middletown offers the sense of community that Dave and Christie were looking for when they decided to move. When they were looking at the options for their children’s’ education MOT Charter School was at the top. “Our children are making improvements everyday. I truly believe it is a result of the learning environment that MOT Charter School has created. That is why I feel so strongly about being involved and supporting the school through volunteering with the MOT PTO.” Dave has been involved with the PTO since 2008
After a 7 year career working or Sears as a Repair Technician, Mr. Don Whitaker discovered his love for teaching and enrolled at Wilmington College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005 with a degree in Middle School Education. While at Wilmington College, Mr. Whitaker earned the following honors: Academic Dean’s List, Division of Education Scholarship, Christa McAuliffe Scholarship and was inducted into the following honor societies: Delta Epsilon Rho Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and National Honor Society. Prior to attending Wilmington College, Mr. Whitaker graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College with an A.S. in Marketing and Management and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Mr. Whitaker began his teaching career as a middle school math teacher at MOT in 2004, left for one year to teach at Marion T. Charter in the city of Wilmington and has been happily teaching seventh and eighth grade math at MOT ever since. Mr. Whitaker currently serves as the Math League coach for 8th grade and previously was the NJHS advisor for several years.
A parent of two MOT Charter School graduates, Brian joined us from Newark High School where he taught Engineering Drafting and Design and Architectural Drafting and Design. Prior to his 14 years in teaching, Brian served as a Project Engineer and Project Manager in a variety of mechanical systems projects for 10 years. Brian graduated from Rutgers University.
Ms. Laura Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Special Education teaching degree from James Madison University. Prior to working at MOT, Laura worked in Roanoke, Virginia as a Special education teacher with middle school aged children. She moved to Delaware in 2004 to live closer to her family. Laura taught one year at Meredith Middle School but she found her place at MOT the very next year and has been here ever since.
As a special education inclusion teacher, Laura works hard to make her students feel included in the regular classroom setting; collaborating with grade level teams to help plan and make accommodations/modifications as needed. She encourages her student to always try THEIR best, and loves seeing them be successful and take pride in their work.
Laura greatly enjoys time with her daughter, Madison, who attends MOT Charter.
Brad Willis received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1989 after completing his BSA in Domestic Animal Biology at the University of Arkansas. He moved from Louisiana to Delaware and joined QPS, LLC, a worldwide pharmaceutical contract research organization, in August of 2002. Brad serves as their Attending Veterinarian and Manager of their Animal Resources Group and animal vivarium. Prior to joining QPS, he worked for 9 years as a Research Associate and Laboratory Manager for the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics and Physiology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Brad also served as Consultant Veterinarian for Fabgennix, Inc., and served in the U.S. Army as the Officer in Charge of all 5 military (Army, Navy and Air Force) Animal Disease Prevention and Control (ADPAC) Facilities in Louisiana. Brad enjoys writing, singing, coaching little league baseball, travelling and woodworking. He and his wife Elena (a teacher in the Appoquinimink School District) have two children at MOT: Daria in 7th grade and Daniel in 4th. Brad has been active within MOT as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, Science Olympiad team coordinator and coach, and classroom presenter (animal anatomy). He and Elena have been strong proponents of the new high school for years and he’s excited to see MOT grow in this direction!
Mrs. Wittman is a graduate of UD and a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College National Association for Music Education, and several other professional memberships. She has performed and competed both nationally and internationally including a performance in Greece for the International Music Education Convention. She brings her passion for teaching music to our students and under her leadership, MOT Charter is excited to begin a new band program.
Ms. Gina Zanella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Three Languages (French, Italian, Spanish) from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education in School Counseling K-12 from Wilmington University. In addition, Ms. Zanella has completed post-graduate course work in Mental Health Counseling through the University of South Dakota. Ms. Zanella has developed counseling curriculum and programs for schools, counseling organizations/associations, and outside agencies. She is an active member of the Delaware and American School Counseling Associations and serves as the Advocacy Committee Chair for the Delaware School Counselor Association. Ms. Zanella is also a parent of children at the K-8 school. She has previously worked in the Appoquinimink School District.