Arthur Henry of Millsboro Middle School has been selected as the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2019-20.
The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year celebration April 30 at Georgetown Middle School. Henry was chosen as the district’s overall winner from a pool of 16 candidates, one from each school.
Henry has been an instrumental music teacher at Millsboro Middle School since 2015. He is responsible for instrumental music instruction in sixth to eighth grades. He eaches the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion instruments. In previous years, he also provided fifth-grade instrumental music instruction at East Millsboro and Long Neck elementary schools.
Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in music education from Boston University. He also completed additional undergraduate work at Temple University in Philadelphia. Henry also attended The Salvation Army School for Officer Training from 1999-2001, earning an associate’s degree in occupational ministries. He received a full ordination as a minister of religion and a commission as a Salvation Army officer with the rank of captain.
“Mr. Henry has shown to be a dependable and conscientious staff member who has integrated himself into the culture at Millsboro Middle,” said Bradford Breasure, MMS acting principal. “He can be nurturing a student who is struggling, playing multiple instruments in his classroom or working a concession stand to raise money. He commands respect from his students and colleagues. Mr. Henry will always bring solutions to any problems that he may encounter during the course of a school year.”
“Mr. Henry embodies what it means to be a teacher with the countless hours that he continues to perfect his own craft in music,” said Christopher Costellol, MMS assistant principal. “He models what he preaches for the students, always striving to have his students succeed. That’s how he measures success for himself.”
Teacher of the Year winners from each district school are as follows: Katherine Bennett, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School; Ashley Broughton, Georgetown Kindergarten Center; Wendee Bull, Georgetown Middle School; Jeffrey Bunting, Indian River High School; Megan Conway. Lord Baltimore Elementary School; Catherine Dorey, G.W. Carver Center; Stephanie Fair, Southern Delaware School of the Arts; Alexandra Fish, John M. Clayton Elementary School; Brian Gloyd, Long Neck Elementary School; Kristopher Guerin, Howard T. Ennis School; Heather Hellens, North Georgetown Elementary School; Elizabeth Illian, Georgetown Elementary School; Jennifer Jerns, Selbyville Middle School; Tracy Marvel, East Millsboro Elementary School; and Robert Weber, Sussex Central High School.
As the district’s Teacher of the Year, Henry is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October.