Alison Perdue Tingle, coordinator of the Family Literacy Program run by Sussex Tech Adult Division, received the Outstanding Service Award for Staff presented by the Interagency Council on Adult Literacy. The award is given to a literacy staff member who makes a significant or unique contribution to the family literacy effort in Delaware. She received the award May 16 in the Senate Chambers of Legislative Hall from Lt. Gov. Matt Denn.
Tingle is also a co-coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program for Hispanic students at the Phillis Wheatley Middle School. Also, she is a Highly Qualified fourth-grade teacher at Blades Elementary School in the Seaford School District.
Her colleagues describe her as self-motivated, organized, and creative, all traits she combines to put together outstanding programs and services for the many families and children enrolled in the programs she coordinates. They say she truly wants to see families learn, progress, and be empowered.
Also at the ceremony, two Sussex Tech Adult Division students spoke to the audience about their personal experience with the adult education process. Chanteea Harmon is taking adult education classes to earn her high school diploma while working as an Organization of Adult Alumni and Students in Service representative assisting other adult learners at the Sussex Tech Adult Division. Shemieka Jones is a mother of five who holds down a full-time job while working toward her high school diploma. She will graduate with her diploma in August.