By: Susan Gum // September 24th, 2019 // Stories
The 2018-2019 school year was a banner year for Delmarva Christian Schools. Not only did it mark the school’s 15th year with students, it closed strong with the completion of a comprehensive math, science, and language arts curricula for the Milton campus; the successful advancement to the Odyssey of the Mind’s World Finals; second- and third-place wins in the first appearance at the DelDOT Bridge competition; conference championship wins of five (5) DCHS athletic teams; international and local mission service provided by seventy-eight (78) DCHS students; and enrollment of eighty (80) children in the DCS summer camp program.
To add to the aforementioned accomplishments, Delmarva Christian is also proud to announce twelve (12) new faculty and staff members, including three administrative leaders, who have joined the Royals family for the 2019-2020 school year.
Currently working on a doctoral degree in education, the new Director of Instruction, Jessica Baugh, brings a wealth of experience to Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC). With a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources and a Master of Education degree in Exceptional Children and Youth, Mrs. Baugh has held positions as Science Teacher, NextGen Science Teacher, Advisory Curriculum Writer, Mentor, School Leadership Team Member, and Coach before joining DCMC.
“I’m looking forward to serving and empowering the teachers to create and teach rigorous, exciting lessons that integrate technology and innovative design and engages and inspires the students,” said Mrs. Baugh.
The new Early Learning Center Director, Jenn Donihue, was already part of the DCS family when she took her new position this summer. The mother of two Delmarva Christian students and the wife of a DCHS teacher, Mrs. Donihue has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and is closing in on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. With six (6) years of experience in the Christian school environment, she also has eleven (11) years of leadership experience and five (5) years of teaching experience.
“I am looking forward to taking my passion for working with students and joining it with my love for Christ to create a Christ-centered, encouraging environment that will facilitate growth in the students’ academic lives,” said Mrs. Donihue.
Recently relocated from Oklahoma to Delaware, Ashley Vanaman has assumed the position as Assistant Business Manager. Her work experience includes military service as a Transportation Officer, Aide De Camp, Accounting Officer, Assistant S4, and a Retrograde Platoon Leader. As a civilian, Mrs. Vanaman was a staff associate at a CPA firm. Mrs. Vanaman holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting Economics and Business Administration.
“Children are facing ever-increasing challenges in today’s society and especially in the school systems,” said Mrs. Vanaman. “It gives me great satisfaction to be part of an organization that is willing to stand up to the changing norms in support of our students.”
Christopher Countryman is the new Middle School Bible Teacher. With a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Liberty University, Mr. Countryman held positions as a Youth Pastor, Christian Education/Young Adult Director, and Site Supervisor, a position that served him well as he led mission teams in Florida, Haiti, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, and Mexico.
Entrusted with maintenance of the Milton campus is newly hired Custodian Blake Hardy. A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Mr. Hardy also serves as a youth leader at his church.
Both campuses have new Art Teachers—Ashley Houtz teaches PreK 4 through 8th-grade students and Stacy Hennigan teaches Art I, Art II, and Yearbook at the high school.
Mrs. Houtz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has been in the education setting for ten years.
With a passion for quilting, Mrs. Hennigan is the owner of a mobile fabric shop but has spent many years also developing her painting and charcoal skills. Mrs. Hennigan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and, in addition to her fine art skills, is proficient in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
In addition to the new Director, the Early Learning Center has also added four teachers to their staff—Sarah Clendening, Crystal Hickman, Katelyn Mitchell, and Charlotte Wilson.
A graduate of Liberty University, Mrs. Clendening holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language and Interpreting and has nine years of teaching experience. Mrs. Clendening is the assistant to the ELC Director, serving as the ELC Lead.
Prior to joining the ELC and teaching the younger one-year-olds, Ms. Hickman was the lead educator for seven years at an early childcare center and teacher for fourteen years at a Christian school. Mrs. Hickman holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Currently taking online courses at Liberty University, Mrs. Mitchell has been a summer school counselor, after-care helper, preschool substitute teacher, and extended care teacher. Mrs. Mitchell teaches the three-year-old ELC students.
Mrs. Walton has more than twenty-five years of childcare and children’s ministry experience. From 1985 to 2011, Mrs. Walton was the owner and operator of a home daycare center in Baltimore, Maryland. She has also served as a teacher and volunteer. Certified in CPR, AED, first aid, and as a Level 1 daycare provider, Mrs. Walton teaches the ELC two-year-old students.
Ben Wilcox is currently working part time as the DCHS Performing Arts Teacher. He is also the Youth and Worship Pastor at a local church and a Clarks Summit University’s RiSE Outreach Team member. With practical theater experience and group leadership skills, Mr. Wilcox is also a vocalist and proficient at playing the guitar, piano, and violin. Mr. Wilcox holds a Master of Science degree in Accelerated Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology.