Hanwell has best interest of Cape District at heart

April 16, 2021

It takes experience to lead Cape Henlopen School District out of the pandemic morass. 

There are two large talents that one must have to serve in a leadership role in a school district in these troubled times, i.e. the ability to see the Big Picture of school operations and the ability to have the humanitarian bent to see the human stressors on every level, with the courage to help remedy those.

Janis Hanwell has both. She served as a teacher, a coordinator of special education, a principal as well as the assistant superintendent of the Cape District.  

She knows how needs of students are met, how to manage a staff/building, and the complex budgetary protocols that have to be followed. She has been in the trenches in every phase of mundane work through extraordinary leadership. 

She has been within the system so prolifically that they even hired her as the contract overseer of the construction of the existing high school! 

Only she would have known the intricacies of the existing ventilation system, a knowledge base that very few of us would have. Be reminded, too, that she always rose through the system, remaining in the district.  

Even I, who was a principal there as well as a director of instruction, had arrived via going from one district to another. Not Janis. 

She is pure Cape.

More than the knowledge base though, she has the humanitarian perspective for all the persons involved in the school district. She ran special education programs that were totally individual-student focused. 

She was a teacher and worked with her associates to maintain a sense of calm and organization. She, too, was responsible for hiring, evaluation and even student and teacher rights. 

The most humane attribute she has, though, is a vested interest in the proper treatment of students and families. You see, her daughter was a graduate of Cape, and two of her three grandchildren are currently enrolled.  

She is a loving, caring person and wants to get the system corrected to get back to the former days when being in Cape was something of which to be proud.

Janis Hanwell has all the attributes needed to help the system be successful. 

You could make no better choice for the school board than she.

Dr. Nancy Feichtl
Rehoboth Beach
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