Main: 302-429-4055 • Transportation: (302) 323-2851

Quick Info

Nurses Corner

Hello Leach friends!

Your school nurses are here for you. Please feel free to reach out to us via email or dojo. Check your classroom schoology page for office hours.
We hope everyone is staying healthy and social distancing.

Student Handbook & Code of Conduct

Student Handbook: Click here to download a pdf Code of Conduct: Click here

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


Virginia Schreppler, Ed.D.

Carol Davis
Secretary-Leach Main Office

Kim Tomlinson
Secretary-Medical Records

Jillian Kennedy Elementary- Room 3 Teacher
Alicia Barlow Elementary- Room 3 Paraprofessional
Natalie Horrocks Elementary- Room 7 Teacher
Kim Marandola Elementary- Room 7 Paraprofessional
Sherise Brown Elementary-Room 7 Paraprofessional
Bev Zimmerman Elementary- Room 7 Paraprofessional
Carla Setting Elementary- Room 5 Teacher
Jessica Rauber Elementary- Room 5 Paraprofessional
Madia Gray Elementary- Room 5 Paraprofessional



Natayle Madric Middle/Upper- Room 1 Teacher
Robert Stefanisko Middle/Upper- Room 1 Paraprofessional
Janay Shockey Middle/Upper- Room 1 Paraprofessional
Kelly Burke Middle/Upper- Room 6 Teacher
Hazel Stevenson Middle/Upper- Room 6 Paraprofessional
Michele Petro-Wolfe Middle/Upper- Room 6 Paraprofessional
Brandon Hughes Middle/Upper- Room 4 Teacher
Tahitie Outlaw Middle/Upper- Room 4 Paraprofessional
Michelle Williams Middle/Upper- Room 4 Paraprofessional
Laura Butts Middle/Upper- Room 9 Teacher
Daniel Henry MIddle/Upper- Room 9 Paraprofessional
Jeanette Drejka Middle/Upper- Room 9 Paraprofessional
Amber Duren Middle/Upper- Room 11 Teacher
Andrea Springfield Middle/Upper- Room 11 Paraprofessional
Maryanne Payne MIddle/Upper- Room 11 Paraprofessional



Kathleen Benson PT Therapist
Dr. Kristin Capone PT Therapist
Dr. Chris Palmer- Casey PT Therapist
Dr. Tara Kulak OT Therapist
Tom Winkler OT Therapist
Dr. Kristin Chickadel OT Therapist
Annette Mestern OT Therapist
Amy Micklos SLP Therapist
Kelsey Newkirk SLP Therapist
Barbara Brooks Assistive Tech Therapist


Specialist Pyschologist
Specialist Special Education Coordinator
Specialist Instructional Coach



Emily Freefafer
Itinerant Teacher


Kara Villanelli Music Teacher
Frank Hughes PE/Pool Teacher
Dave Willard PE/Pool Teacher
Kristin Rosenthal Art Teacher


Tracey O’Neill STAR Teacher teresa.o’
Lillian Nepa STAR Paraprofessional
Gwendolyn Simpson STAR Paraprofessional
Jozette Hartsfield STAR Paraprofessional
Michelle Lonergan STAR Teacher
Karen Riley STAR Paraprofessional
Nicol Blevins STAR Paraprofessional
Darryl Bass STAR Paraprofessional
Eileen Romanowski STAR Teacher
Ed Conner STAR Paraprofessional
Kim Bates STAR Paraprofessional
Brooke Mitchell STAR Paraprofessional



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.