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Sussex Montessori names Kaneisha Trott community engagement specialist

May 15, 2019

Kaneisha Trott, a highly regarded advocate for children in Sussex County, is the new community engagement specialist for Sussex Montessori School in Seaford.

Trott, who was communications manager at First State Community Action Agency for more than 10 years, joined the new charter school in April. She will assist families seeking to enroll their children in kindergarten through third grade for the fall 2020 season. For each grade, 65 seats will be available.

“Our primary objective is for the enrollment at Sussex Montessori to fully reflect the characteristics and diversity of western Sussex County,” said Linda Zankowsky, board chair.

The school expects to receive applications from across Sussex County with a majority coming from families in the Laurel, Seaford, Woodbridge and Indian River school districts.

Students who attend Montessori schools are known for their self-confidence, love of learning and ability to work with others. The school approach accommodates each student’s need to learn and develop at their own pace. Across the nation, alumni of Montessori schools are often found among top leaders in their communities and professions.

A Sussex County native, Trott graduated from Sussex Central High School, and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware. Her master’s thesis explored the impact of arts with children’s education.

She is well-known in Sussex County both for her commitment to children and their families, and for her skills as a professional vocalist.

“We are thrilled to have Kaneisha serve as the face of Sussex Montessori School for the various communities from which the school will draw enrollment,” said Zankowsky. “Her role is critical as we establish a strong relationship between the school and the families we will serve.”

Applications for 2020-21 will be available online at the Delaware Department of Education website and on the school website Monday, Nov. 4. Paper copies will also be made available, and assistance will be provided to support parents with the process. If more children apply for a given grade than seats are available, a state-managed lottery will be used to determine admissions.

Community groups, clubs, churches, and other organizations wishing to contact Trott for meetings and presentations may call her at the school, 302-404-5367, or email kaneisha.trott@sussexms.k12.de.us.