The Delaware Center for Teacher Education (DCTE) provides support services for students, faculty, and staff in the educator preparation programs at the University of Delaware.


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Outstanding Student Teachers

DCTE congratulates all of our teacher candidates on their growth and progress this year.

  • Leticia Alfaro, Social Studies Education
  • Emily Bengtson, Mathematics Education
  • Kyra Brown, Foreign Language Education
  • Eric Bronstein, Elementary General Music Education
  • Meghan Coyne, Blended Early Childhood Education
  • Leah Epstein, Mathematics Education
  • Rachel Foley, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Christine High, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Catarina Janotti, Social Studies Education
  • Stephanie Jennis, English Education
  • Anna Krammes, Instrumental Music Education
  • Kolby Lykon, Mathematics Education
  • Juliette Lynch, Science Education
  • Erica Marini, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Maddie McGrail, Blended Early Childhood Education
  • Megan Murphy, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Rachel Narcho, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Amanda Obiedzinski, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Francisco Reyes Matuz, Foreign Language Education
  • Jessica Riniti, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Rebecca Robbins, English Education
  • Tom Schreck, Choral Music Education
  • Kelly Skettini, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Veronica Slater, Foreign Language Education
  • Danielle Viverito, Science Education
  • Elisha Wilson, Mathematics Education
  • Mikayla Wolken, Elementary Teacher Education
  • Rebecca Yaffee, Social Studies Education
  • Allyson Yates, Elementary Teacher Education

Delaware Association of School Administrators Award Winner

The UCTE Awards Subcommittee is pleased to announce that this year’s DASA award recipient is Stephanie Jennis.  Stephanie is an English Education major who is completing her student teaching experience at McKean High School. She currently serves as President of the Student Literacy Council, President of Kappa Delta Pi (UD’s Education Honors Society), and Secretary of Secondary Educators of Tomorrow.

Stephanie is the co-founder of the organization Pathways for Exceptional Children in Morris County, New Jersey. Pathways for Exceptional Children is committed to helping children with and without disabilities to follow their passions and reach their fullest potential and to fight the daunting 70% unemployment rate that faces those with disabilities.

The Delaware Association of School Administrators (DASA) Award is presented to a graduating senior in a teacher education program who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and character and who gives promise of making a meaningful contribution to the teaching profession.

Thank you to everyone who nominated candidates for this award.

Partnership for Public Education Honors Phipps & Hall

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Liz Farley-Ripple, Carol Phipps & Naima Hall
DCTE’s own Carol Phipps and Naima Hall were honored by the Partnership for Public Education for their outreach with UD’s district and charter school partners. Through regular visits to schools and hosting breakfasts for local human resource directors and principals, Carol and Naima are changing the relationship between UD and local education agencies to one of a true partnership, in which we actively seek out feedback from our partners.

Kappa Delta Pi Officers

The KDP Honor Society welcomed the 2018-19 Executive Board on May 7, 2018.

President: Emily Fudge
Vice President: Tara Monaghan
Treasurer: Sophia Worrall
Secretary: Holly Read
Recruitment/Membership Chair: Kira Steinmark
Fundraising Chair: Sami Seidenberger
Programming Chair: Amanda Rose

KDP wants to welcome our new leadership and thank our outgoing leaders for an excellent year of KDP events! Seniors graduating from KDP proudly wore their cords at graduation on May 26, 2018.

Spotlight on Teacher Education Research

Assistant Professor Roderick L. Carey in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences draws from his years of experience as an urban high school teacher and teacher educator in addition to his urban education research in his latest publications. His recently-released co-authored article, Power, Penalty, and Critical Praxis: Employing Intersectionality in Educator Practices to Achieve School Equity, in The Educational Forum, the official journal of Kappa Delta Pi, was featured i the KDP blog, an online resource reaching KDP’s members at all levels. Roderick was also a co-author on the recently published Guilty as Charged? Principals’ Perspectives on Disciplinary Practices and the Racial Discipline Gap in Educational Administration Quarterly. For this article, Carey, along with his co-authors, were awarded the William J. Davis Award by the University Council for Educational Administration for the most outstanding article in Volume 53 (2017) of their journal at the 2018 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York City.

In addition to these published works, Cary’s emerging projects are centered on understanding the perspectives of Black and Latino boys in the absence of male teachers of color in their school lives. In the tentatively titled “Missing Misters: Uncovering the Pedagogies and Possibilities of Male Teachers of Color in the School Lives of Black and Latino Adolescent Boys” (currently in review), Carey presents a case study that draws from the voices of five Black and Latino adolescent boys  in one urban U.S. high school to theorize what participants missed (e.g. yearned-for connections, reflections of self) and missed out on (e.g. seeing positive images of men of color) by not having a more robust presence of Black and Latino male teachers or misters. Findings indicate the need for boys’ voices in advancing more nuanced recruitment and retention discourses for their male teachers of color.

Beyond this project, Carey ‘s current research trajectory is centered on the experiences of Black and Latino boys in urban school contexts with primary foci on disproportional disciplining and their familial and school supports for their future college and other life ambitions  More about Carey’s teaching and research can be found on his faculty profile page.

If you have teacher education research that you would like to share, please contact Christine Carrino Gorowara at  We would love to feature your research in a future DCTE newsletter!

DACTE Updates

  • On April 10, DACTE hosted Sen. David Sokola of the Delaware Senate Education Committee, and Rep. Earl Jacques, Rep. Kim Williams, and Rep. Kevin Hensley of the Delaware House Education Committee.  Representatives from Delaware’s teacher preparation institutions engaged in conversations with the legislators about supporting the teacher pipeline and streamlining the clearance process.
  • On May 2, 2018, DACTE held its Annual Meeting, which was originally rescheduled from March due to inclement weather. The theme of the Annual Meeting was mentoring and featured a panel discussion by Rob Grey and Jon Neubauer from DDOE, John Seelke from the University of Maryland, Kellie Crawford from Evaluation Systems, Cynthia Paris from UD, and Kent Christman from Delaware State University as well as discussion groups providing feedback on competencies of pre-service and in-service teachers.

UD and Red Clay to Offer Co-Teaching Workshop

The DCTE Office of Clinical Studies is teaming up with Red Clay Consolidated School District teachers to provide Red Clay teachers with the opportunity to learn more about co-teaching in a free workshop on August 6th.Interested teachers can register at

UD Capture Links

UD Capture links are now available for the following DCTE events.

Do2Learn Makerspace Session

Friday, April 29
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Education Resource Center

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