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

Quick Info

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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


Staff NameProgram/TitleRoomEmailother
Ginny Schreppler, Ed.D.PrincipalMain
Carol DavisMain Office SecretaryMain
Jill KennedyInstructional and Behavioral
Catherine Rounsley-MaxwellSpecial Education CoordinatorSEC
Krista Drewry, Ph.D.School PyschologistPysch
Claudia PetersNurseNurses
Joe SalernoNurseNurses
Brandon HughesVirtual TeacherRoom
Janay ShockleyVirtual ParaprofessionalRoom
Natalie HorrocksTeacherRoom
Brooke MitchellParaprofessionalRoom
Lilian NepaParaprofessionalRoom
Kate DoughertyParaprofessionalRoom
Carla SettingTeacherRoom
Kim MarandolaParaprofessionalRoom
Drea SpringfieldParaprofessionalRoom
Kelly BurkeTeacherRoom
Hazel StevensonParaprofessionalRoom
Michele Petro-WolfeParaprofessionalRoom
Dan HenryParaprofessionalRoom
Amber DurenTeacherRoom
Maryanne PayneParaprofessionalRoom
Jeannette WillardParaprofessionalRoom
Eileen RomanowskiTeacherRoom
Sherise BrownParaprofessionalRoom
Eileen RodriguezParaprofessionalRoom
Miranda StouchTeacherRoom
Haley FisherParaprofessionalRoom
Danielle CurleyParaprofessionalRoom
Tracey O'NeillSTAR TeacherRoom 7teresea.o'
Kim BatesSTAR TeacherRoom
Madia GraySTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Jodie HendryxSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Michelle ReutterSTAR TeacherRoom
Darryl BassSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Nicol BlevinsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Raul SchmalzbachSTAR TeacherRoom
Gwen SimpsonSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Michele WilliamsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Jozette HartsfieldSTAR ParaprofessionalInternship
Emily FreehaferSTAR TeacherRoom
Ed ConnerSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Rob StefaniskoSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom
Kristin Capone,
Chris Palmer-Casey,
Tara Kulak,
Kristen Chickadel,
Liz Merrick, C​
Frank HughesPE and PoolGym and
David WillardPE and PoolGym and


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.