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Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

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General Info

Virginia Schreppler Ed.D.

Grade Levels: K-12
Phone 302-429-4055


10 Landers Lane 
New Castle, DE 19720

School Hours

  • 7:55 AM Doors to school open
  • 8:05 AM School day begins. 
  • 2:40 PM School day ends / Dismissal


Staff NameProgram/TitleRoomEmailother
Ginny Schreppler, Ed.D.PrincipalMain Officevirginia.schreppler@colonial.k12.de.us
Carol DavisMain Office SecretaryMain Officecarol.davis@colonial.k12.de.us
Jill KennedyInstructional and Behavioral CoachOfficejillian.kennedy@colonial.k12.de.us
Catherine Rounsley-MaxwellSpecial Education CoordinatorSEC Officecatherine.rounsley-maxwell@colonial.k12.de.us
Krista Drewry, Ph.D.School PyschologistPysch Officekrista.drewry@colonial.k12.de.us
Claudia PetersNurseNurses Officeclaudia.peters@colonial.k12.de.us
Joe SalernoNurseNurses Officejoseph.salerno@colonial.k12.de.us
Brandon HughesVirtual TeacherRoom 4brandon.hughes@colonial.k12.de.us
Janay ShockleyVirtual ParaprofessionalRoom 4janay.shockley@colonial.k12.de.us
Natalie HorrocksTeacherRoom 5natalie.horrocks@colonial.k12.de.us
Brooke MitchellParaprofessionalRoom 5brooke.mitchellcolonial.k12.de.us
Lilian NepaParaprofessionalRoom 5lillian.nepa@colonial.k12.de.us
Kate DoughertyParaprofessionalRoom 5katherine.dougherty@colonial.k12.de.us
Carla SettingTeacherRoom 8carla.setting@colonial.k12.de.us
Kim MarandolaParaprofessionalRoom 8kimberly.marandola@colonial.k12.de.us
Drea SpringfieldParaprofessionalRoom 8andrea.springfield@colonial.k12.de.us
Kelly BurkeTeacherRoom 10kelly.burkey@colonial.k12.de.us
Hazel StevensonParaprofessionalRoom 10hazel.stevenson@colonial.k12.de.us
Michele Petro-WolfeParaprofessionalRoom 10michele.petro-wolfe@colonial.k12.de.us
Dan HenryParaprofessionalRoom 10daniel.henry@colonial.k12.de.us
Amber DurenTeacherRoom 11amber.duren@colonial.k12.de.us
Maryanne PayneParaprofessionalRoom 11maryanne.payne@colonial.k12.de.us
Jeannette WillardParaprofessionalRoom 11jeannette.drejka@colonial.k12.de.us
Eileen RomanowskiTeacherRoom 9eileen.romanowski@colonial.k12.de.us
Sherise BrownParaprofessionalRoom 9sherise.brown@colonial.k12.de.us
Eileen RodriguezParaprofessionalRoom 9eileen.rodriguez@colonial.k12.de.us
Miranda StouchTeacherRoom 2miranda.stouch@colonial.k12.de.us
Haley FisherParaprofessionalRoom 2haley.fisher@colonial.k12.de.us
Danielle CurleyParaprofessionalRoom 2danielle.curely@colonial.k12.de.us
Tracey O'NeillSTAR TeacherRoom 7teresea.o'neill@colonial.k12.de.us
Kim BatesSTAR TeacherRoom 7kimberly.bates@colonial.k12.de.us
Madia GraySTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 7madia.gray@colonial.k12.de.us
Jodie HendryxSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 7jodie.hendryx@colonial.k12.de.us
Michelle ReutterSTAR TeacherRoom 12michelle.lonergan@colonial.k12.de.us
Darryl BassSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 12darryl.bass@colonial.k12.de.us
Nicol BlevinsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 12nicol.blevins@colonial.k12.de.us
Raul SchmalzbachSTAR TeacherRoom 13raul.schmalbach@colonial.k12.de.us
Gwen SimpsonSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 13gwendolyn.simpson@colonial.k12.de.us
Michele WilliamsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 13michele.williams@colonial.k12.de.us
Jozette HartsfieldSTAR ParaprofessionalInternship SupportJozette.hartsfield@colonial.k12.de.us
Emily FreehaferSTAR TeacherRoom 15emily.freehafer@colonial.k12.de.us
Ed ConnerSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 15edward.conner@colonial.k12.de.us
Rob StefaniskoSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 15robert.stefanisko@colonial.k12.de.us
Erika PottsHomeboundHomebounderika.potts@colonial.k12.de.us
Kathleen BensonPTTherapykathleen.benson@colonial.k12.de.us
Kristin Capone, DPTPTTherapyKristin.capone@colonial.k12.de.us
Chris Palmer-Casey, DPTPTTherapychristine.palmer-caset@colonial.k12.de.us
Tara Kulak, OTDOTTherapytara.kulak@colonial.k12.de.us
Tom WinklerOTTherapythomas.winkler@colonial.k12.de.us
Kristen Chickadel, OTDOTTherapykristen.chickadel@colonial.k12.de.us
Annette MesternOTTherapyannette.mestern@colonial.k12.de.us
Amy MicklosSLPTherapyamy.micklos@colonial.k12.de.us
Kelsey NewkirkSLPTherapykelsey.newkirk@colonial.k12.de.us
Liz Merrick, C​.Sc.DSLPTherapyelizabeth.merrick@colonial.k12.de.us
Kara VillanelliMusicMusickara.villanelli@colonial.k12.de.us
Frank HughesPE and PoolGym and Poolfrancis.hughes@colonial.k12.de.us
David WillardPE and PoolGym and Pooldavid.willard@colonial.k12.de.us
Tahitie OutlawPEGymtahitie.outlaw@colonial.k12.de.us
Kristen RosenthalArtArtkristen.rosenthal@colonial.k12.de.us


The John G. Leach School, known initially as the Delaware Day School and founded by the Delaware Easter Seals Society, began as a public day school for youth with physical disabilities.  In 1953, it was renamed for John G. Leach, a prominent educator, humanitarian, and advocate for the disabled.  Leach School serves pupils residing in New Castle County, ages 3-21, who have physical disabilities, moderate to severe cognitive disabilities, or serious health impairments.  Leach School’s functional education and training as well as access to a traditional academic curriculum are individualized for students.  Students have the opportunity to develop their capacities for independence and academic success through their participation in a functional life-skills curriculum; supportive therapy – physical, occupational, and speech; pool program; adapted physical education; music; community-based instruction; and assistive technology programs.

Leach School staff and families strive to equip students with skills to think for themselves, appreciate the contribution of others, ambulate with increasing independence, learn on their own and communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively.

John G. Leach School staff and administration work collaboratively with parents, community, state and district groups to empower students to reach their fullest potential as independent and productive citizens. Leach School provides focused and motivating learning environments for all students. All staff engages in professional development to provide state-of-the-art programming. Our goal is to employ “best practice” methods, including the use of technology, individualized programming, functional mobility, and meaningful peer interaction opportunities. Our school/parent collaboration has been an integral part of our program’s success. These efforts led to Leach School’s recognition as the nation’s first M.O.V.E. (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Model Site, twice the recipient of the State of Delaware Parent Partnership Award, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Superstars in Education Award and our First Friends Preschool was recognized by the ARC of Delaware’s “Program” award.

Our Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs

We will create a nurturing community that honors all abilities in order to empower our students to grow and develop to reach their fullest potential.

Provide an individualized, engaging educational experience for each student grounded in collaboration, innovation, and achievement.

Core Beliefs
– Everyone has the right to meaningful engagement in a positive, –  collaborative, and respectful environment,
– Everyone has the right to communicate and be heard.
– Everyone has the right to know what is expected of them.