Sussex Technical High School welcomes First Sgt. Timothy Spence as the newest member of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps teaching team. After 20 years, Spence retired from the U.S. Army and moved his family from his last assignment in El Paso, Texas, to their new home in Camden. Delaware is not unfamiliar to him, however. His family is from the Millsboro area, and he graduated from Seaford High School in 1992.
Teaching is not new to Spence either. He says he greatly enjoyed teaching Senior ROTC at North Carolina A&T State University. In El Paso, Spence volunteered his time to work with high school students as part of the military’s Partners In Education program.
Having three children, Spence also loves youth sports. His oldest daughter is a sophomore at the University of Texas El Paso. His 17-year-old daughter is a junior in high school, and his 13-year-old son is in the eighth grade. He and wife Jackie have been married for 20 years.
“I want to bring excitement for JROTC to the students,” Spence said. “I want them to understand that JROTC is not just about guns and ammo. It can also give youth the skills needed to better themselves in society.”
Spence joins Maj. Ben Jester as part of the JROTC teaching team. Jester says no decisions have been made yet as to who will take on what responsibilities. “The first sergeant is very qualified, and I anticipate that he will be very good at either instructing the established Drill and Raider teams, or the Rifle Team that we want to begin,” said Jester.
Jester also says he appreciates having a teaching partner. “I want him to be tickled pink to come to school every day. We’ll figure out the logistics as time goes by,” he said.
Spence agrees. “I’m looking forward to working with the cadets,” he said.