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Always a Colonial: Colonials who work in Colonial

Colonial Nation is filled with awesome CSD alumni. Let’s have some fun by sharing: one picture from your days in CSD along with one current photo. Include your name, year of attendance or graduation, your current position with the district along with years of service, and in five (5) words or less, tell us what Colonial Nation means to you. During this time when we have to come together virtually, let’s tell our parents and community Who We Are!

Rachel Handy-Hayes

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School: 2004
  • Current occupation: William Penn School Counselor
  • Years of service: 6
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? I just couldn’t get enough of Colonial School District so I came back to William Penn to work!

Allyson Brainard

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 2004
  • Current occupation: Early Childhood Educator
  • Years of service: 12
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? Colonial provided me with the education and resources I needed to further my career path. Now I’m educating our youngest Colonials!

Dawn Alexander

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1989
  • Current occupation: Preschool Expansion Coordinator
  • Years of service: 23
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? Believing in Colonial Children & Families

Gabe Phillips

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1996
  • Current occupation: Strategic Marketing Officer
  • Years of service: 5
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? Colonial means family, both literally and figuratively. It’s about something that’s bigger than getting a grade or even graduation.

Gary Phillips

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1972
  • Current occupation: WP Media Teacher
  • Years of service: 17
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? It involves being a part of a long history of a proud community, of something bigger than yourself. It’s about not just getting a great education during your time there, but also showing what that education has done to make you successful.

Sandy Hypes

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1990
  • Current occupation: Allied Health Teacher
  • Years of service: 2016-present
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? From Wilmington Manor Elementary to William Penn High School, I received the best foundation to start my adult life and now I have the the opportunity to give back to this incredible school district.

Jim Zimmerman

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1989
  • Current occupation:  Teacher & Administrator
  • Years of service: 26
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you?

    It means giving back to the community where we were raised and are raising our own children.

Karen Patterson

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1987
  • Current occupation:  Teacher
  • Years of service: 19
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? Cherry and Black Alumni Proud!

Sandra Morelli

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1988
  • Current occupation:  Teacher 
  • Years of service: 25
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you?

    I love how Colonial is family. I went k-12 in Colonial and now work in the school I attended as a middle school student. This district truly cares about the people! I love the power of WE!

Savannah Clark

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 2014
  • Current occupation:  Paraprofessional
  • Years of service: 1
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you?Opportunity, passion, leadership, goal setting

John Sopkanich

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 2013
  • Current occupation: Band Director @ WPHS
  • Years of service: 2
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you? Support, passion, learning, friendship, and family.

Dom Trotta

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 2016
  • Current occupation: Paraprofessional
  • Years of service: 3
  • What does being a Colonial mean to you?Everything…it’s a lifestyle

Megan Burg

  • Year of Graduation or CSD School Attendance: 1990
    Current occupation: 8th Grade English Teacher at George Read
    Years of service: 24
    What does being a Colonial mean to you?
    Being a Colonial means that you will forever be a part of an amazing family.