On Monday, May 16, Milford School District Board of Education approved Jason Peel, the current Polytech High School Principal, as the Director of Secondary Education under a one-year contract. Dr. Peel will replace Dr. Kevin Dickerson on July 1, 2016 when Dr. Dickerson assumes the position of Superintendent.
“I am very excited to serve the community in which I live and which has provided so much for my family,” Dr. Peel said. “This has been a long-term goal of mine and I am committed to helping make Milford School District the best.” Dr. Peel, who has been in education for 17 years, has served as Polytech’s principal for the past four years.
Dr. Peel is a native of North Carolina, attending Elon University. It was while he was in college that he met his wife, Lisa, who was from Milford. Ten years ago, the Peel’s moved to Milford in order to raise their family in a small town. Dr. Peel says that he and his wife are engaged in the community and are excited to watch Milford become home to many more families.
One of the most immediate challenges Dr. Peel feels he will face when he joins Milford is learning about current programs in the district and getting to know the people of the district. He says that education is about building relationships with students, staff and the community, so getting to know the district, staff and students will be important in order to meet the needs of the students.
“Education is rapidly changing at the state and national levels,” Mr. Peel said. “Just this year, we saw a mid-year change in the accountability assessment for the high school as the state abandoned the Smarter Balanced test for the SAT. These changes cause a state of continuous change that is challenging for any school district and especially the individual teacher. Milford has to adapt to see these changes, but at the same time stay true to educational and community traditions and to practices that are rooted in evidence to support students.”
In addition to the need to evolve with changes in educational standards, Dr. Peel says that Milford must also evolve with the community it serves. He says that as Milford grows, becomes more diverse and expands industry, the district must make sure that the skills students attain match the needs of the community.
Dr. Peel began teaching Spanish at the high school and college level before moving into administrative positions. He served as an assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school level for the eight years prior to becoming the principal at Polytech. He says that his extensive experience at all levels of education, in many different schools and at both the comprehensive and vocational level gives him a unique advantage in Milford.
“I am well-versed in current initiatives in Delaware, including Career Technical Education and dual enrollment programs,” Dr. Peel said. “As a former Spanish teacher, I am also proficient in Spanish. I hope to work alongside the Milford School District staff to ensure that every student in Milford receives the best education possible that prepares them to attend and succeed in college, a career or the military.”
Dr. Peel graduated from Elon College and earned graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Middlebury College. He recently earned a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Delaware. He and his wife have three children, Owen, Ellie and Spencer. Owen will attend Milford Central Academy in the fall, while Ellie and Spencer will attend Mispillion Elementary.
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