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

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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

June 2020

Dear Leach Families,

We hope you are enjoying the start of summer and staying safe. The Colonial School District is working hard on our re-opening plans. As soon as plans are finalized they will be shared with families.

In the mean time, it is important to note that summer school runs from Monday, July 13th through Thursday, August 6th. Summer school will be virtual and infomration will be coming from your child’s teacher or Jennifer Dougherty, the Summer School Coordinator. 

Note from the Principal- The Leach Secretary and I are working remotely and will not be in the office. If you have any questions or concerns during this time please don’t hesitate to call the Principal at (302) 824-3808 or send an email to I am regularly checking my cell phone and email. 

I look forward to seeing everyone soon. I hope everyone is staying safe at home. If you need anything we are here for you!

Have a safe summer and stay healthy! 

Mrs. Lamia 

General Info

Kristina Lamia

Grade Levels: K-12
Phone 302-429-4055


10 Landers Lane 
New Castle, DE 19720

School Hours

  • 8:15 AM Doors to school open
  • 8:30 AM School day begins. (Students are late after 8:30)
  • 3:15 PM School day ends / Dismissal


Kristina Lamia

Carol Davis
Secretary-Leach Main Office

Kim Tomlinson
Secretary-Medical Records

Claudia Peters
School Nurse

Heidi Hildick
School Nurse

Joseph Salerno
School Nurse

Room L-1
Marissa Ranauto
Special Education Teacher

Tilesha McFee

Chante “Chay” Doran

Room L-3
Regina Materese
Special Education Teacher

Leslie Calhoun

Jessica Rauber

Danielle Lundberg

Room L-4
Katheryn Rzucidlo
Special Education Teacher

Sherise Brown

Madia Gray


Room L-5
Natalie Horrocks

Maryanne Payne

Michele Petro-Wolfe


Megan Menozzi



Room L-6

Jillian Kennedy



Nicol Blevins



Kimberly Marandola



Alicia Barlow



Room L-7

Carla Setting



Beverly Zimmerman


Room L-8

Maggie McCool



Jozette Hartsfield



Helen “Deb” Vitalo



Max Fitzgerald



Room L-9

Mary “Michelle” Lonergan



Karen Riley



Little McElveen



Room L-10

Brandon Hughes



Susan Evans



Robert Stefanisko



Russell “Paul” Howe



Room L-11

Amber Duren



Jeannette Drejka



Janay Shockley



Andrea Springfield



Room L-12

Eileen Romanowski



Kimberly Bates



Lillian Nepa



Sabrina Metz


Occupational Therapists
Dr. Kristin Chickadel

 Dr. Tara Kulak

Thomas Winkler

Annette Mestern

Physical Therapists
Kathleen Benson

Dr. Kristin Capone

Dr. Kimberly Duch

Dr. Christine Palmer-Casey

Speech Language Therapists
Dr. Deborah Ford

Dr. Liz Merrick

Amy Miklos

Kelsey Newkirk

Barbara Brooks (Assistive Technology)

Ann Udovich

Erika Powell
Special Education Coordinator

Krista Jensen
Psychologist –

Erika Potts
Itinerant Teacher

Kelly Burke
Music Teacher

Frank Hughes
Aquatics and Physical Education Teacher

David Willard
Aquatics and Physical Education Teacher

Dione Allen 
Music Teahcer


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.