Cape Teacher of the Year to be named May 17

District recognizes teachers earning building-level honors
May 12, 2023

The Cape Henlopen School District will announce its 2024 Teacher of the Year Wednesday, May 17, at a special celebration honoring teachers earning building-level honors and their invited guests.

Teachers vying for the top honor represent the following schools: Brandianne Emory, Beacon Middle; Rachel Peacock, Cape High; Nicole Mohacey, H.O. Brittingham Elementary; Katherine Gibbs, Lewes Elementary; Jodi Dean, Love Creek Elementary; Jacob Kee, Mariner Middle; Emily Lotter, Milton Elementary; Celeste Marvin, Rehoboth Elementary; and Alyssa Wilson, Sussex Consortium.

The district Teacher of the Year will vie for the 2024 Delaware Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in the fall.

Beacon Middle seventh-grade science teacher Brandianne Emory is a member of the PBS Committee and Justice League for Equity, and plans to attend the AVID conference in July. She holds a bachelor’s degree in middle-level education and is working toward a master’s in education administration. 

Rachel Peacock teaches chemistry and AP chemistry at Cape High, where she is faculty advisor for the National Honor Society and building level co-leader for the Justice League. Peacock holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, master’s degree in education and a doctorate of education in critical pedagogy.

Nicole Mohacey is a special education teacher for kindergarten, first and second grades at H.O. Brittingham Elementary, where she is involved with the Leader in Me Lighthouse Team and Best Buddies, and volunteers for Girls on the Run. She holds a master of education in leadership and a bachelor of science in kinesiology. 

Katherine Gibbs is a specialized-setting special education teacher at Lewes Elementary, where she teaches kindergarten through second-grade students. Gibbs holds a bachelor of social sciences in psychology and a master of education in special education, and is currently becoming a pyramid-certified teacher. 

Love Creek Elementary School’s Jodi Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, a master’s degree in leadership and instruction, and certifications as a K-6 elementary teacher, special education teacher for students with disabilities K-12, and school administration.

Cape High grad and Mariner Middle eighth-grade physical science teacher Jacob Kee holds a bachelor’s degree in education. He has coached lacrosse and soccer, served as eighth-grade team leader for five years, co-sponsors the yearly Mariner ski trip, and has recently taken over the Mariner Florida trip.

Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Emily Lotter holds a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication, a master’s degree in elementary education, and a second master's degree in applied technology in education. 

Celeste Marvin is a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Rehoboth Elementary. She holds a bachelor of science in education and a master of education as a reading specialist. Marvin has served on state- and district-level standards, curriculum and technology committees, is team lead on the School Improvement Team and co-coordinator of the Leader in Me Lighthouse Team.

Alyssa Wilson is a kindergarten special education teacher with the Sussex Consortium at Rehoboth Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a master of education in special education with a concentration in autism and other severe disabilities. She has certifications in child advocacy studies and conflict resolution, is a certified Pyramid Classroom teacher and a Girls on the Run coach.


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