Administration and Support
D. Dusty Blakey, Ed. D.
D. Dusty Blakey, Ed.D. was named as the Superintendent of the Colonial School District on June 26, 2014. Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Blakey served as a Director of Schools for Colonial. His other administrative duties during his 13 year tenure with the district have included Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal at William Penn High School; Principal at Gunning Bedford Middle School; and Director of Personnel. Prior to joining Colonial, Dr. Blakey taught in the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District and was an administrator with the Caesar Rodney School District. Dr. Blakey received his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University; masters degree from the University of Delaware in Educational Leadership, and doctorate in Administration and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Jeffrey D. Menzer, Ed.D.
Dr. Menzer began his career at William Penn High School in 1991 as an “at-risk” teacher in a federally funded drop out prevention program. Following that experience, he joined the Social Studies Department, teaching Civics and US History. In 1994, he began a new role as Student Advisor. Spending 5 years in this role, he taught life skills classes to potential dropouts, coordinated after-school and summer programs, and led teacher focus groups around a variety of issues. In 1999, he became an assistant principal at George Read Middle School, returning to WPHS in 2001 as an assistant principal. In January 2004, he continued his leadership journey as the principal at Gunning Bedford Middle School, eventually returning to William Penn as Principal in June of 2005. In July 2014, after a 9-year principalship at William Penn, he became a Director of Schools in the Colonial School District. and in July 2019 he began in a new role as an Assistant Superintendent.
Jeff and his wife Shelly have been married for 24 years and enjoy spending time with their four children: Jake, Alec, Emma, and Kate.
Pete Leida, Ed.D.
Pete Leida graduated from the University of Delaware and, immediately, launched into his teaching career in Colonial. He later earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University and began his administrative career working as an elementary assistant and principal in 3 different schools over 11 years. Dr. Leida began in the role of Director of Elementary Schools in Summer 2012, which was focused on leadership development, support, and evaluation of school leaders. Additionally, he held a variety of responsibilities and chaired or co-chaired several district committees and workgroups. He is responsible for the successful implementation of the Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) grant and the various projects associated with the grant. In July 2018, Dr. Leida was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. While still coordinating the E3 grant, he is also responsible for supporting the work of the Curriculum and Instruction, Schools, and Technology Divisions.
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