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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.

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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/TitleRoomEmail
Frank HughesPE and PoolGym and Poolfrancis.hughes@colonial.k12.de.us
David WillardPE and PoolGym and Pooldavid.willard@colonial.k12.de.us
Laura ButtsHomeboundHomeboundlaura.butts@colonial.k12.de.us
Jozette HartsfieldSTAR ParaprofessionalInternship SupportJozette.hartsfield@colonial.k12.de.us
Ginny Schreppler, Ed.D.PrincipalMain Officevirginia.schreppler@colonial.k12.de.us
Lorie SimmonsMain Office SecretaryMain Officelorie.simmons@colonial.k12.de.us.
Claudia PetersNurseNurses Officeclaudia.peters@colonial.k12.de.us
Joe SalernoNurseNurses Officejoseph.salerno@colonial.k12.de.us
Jill KennedyInstructional and Behavioral CoachOfficejillian.kennedy@colonial.k12.de.us
TBDSchool PsychologistPsych OfficeTBD
Kelly BurkeTeacherRoom 10kelly.burkey@colonial.k12.de.us
Eileen RodriguezParaprofessionalRoom 10eileen.rodriguez@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
Jodie HendryxSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 12jodie.hendryx@colonial.k12.de.us
Michelle ReutterSTAR TeacherRoom 12michelle.lonergan@colonial.k12.de.us
Nicol BlevinsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 12nicol.blevins@colonial.k12.de.us
Rob StefaniskoSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 12robert.stefanisko@colonial.k12.de.us
Madia GraySTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 13madia.gray@colonial.k12.de.us
Raul SchmalzbachSTAR TeacherRoom 13raul.schmalbach@colonial.k12.de.us
Gwen SimpsonSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 13gwendolyn.simpson@colonial.k12.de.us
Darryle BassSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 15darryl.bass@colonial.k12.de.us
Kara VillanelliMusic TeacherMusickara.villanelli@colonial.k12.de.us
Kristen RosenthalArt TeacherArtkristen.rosenthal@colonial.k12.de.us
Emily FreehaferSTAR TeacherRoom 15emily.freehafer@colonial.k12.de.us
Ed ConnerSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 15edward.conner@colonial.k12.de.us
Miranda StouchTeacherRoom 2miranda.stouch@colonial.k12.de.us
Haley FisherParaprofessionalRoom 2haley.fisher@colonial.k12.de.us
Janay ShockleyParaprofessionalRoom 2janay.shockley@colonial.k12.de.us
Brandon HughesVirtual TeacherRoom 4brandon.hughes@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
Erika PottsTeacherRoom 6erika.potts@colonial.k12.de.us
Hazel StevensonParaprofessionalRoom 6hazel.stevenson@colonial.k12.de.us
Melissa MurrayParaprofessionalRoom 6melissa.murray@colonial.k12.de.us
Tahitie OutlawParaprofessionalRoom 6tahitie.outlaw@colonial.k12.de.us
Jennifer MiloszewskiSTAR TeacherRoom 7jennifer.miloszewski@colonial.k12.de.us
Kim BatesSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 7kimberly.bates@colonial.k12.de.us
Michele WilliamsSTAR ParaprofessionalRoom 7michele.williams@colonial.k12.de.us
Sydney SobolewskiTeacherRoom 8sydney.sobolewski@colonial.k12.de.us
Kim MarandolaParaprofessionalRoom 8kimberly.marandola@colonial.k12.de.us
Drea SpringfieldParaprofessionalRoom 8andrea.springfield@colonial.k12.de.us
Eileen RomanowskiTeacherRoom 9eileen.romanowski@colonial.k12.de.us
Sherise BrownParaprofessionalRoom 9sherise.brown@colonial.k12.de.us
Shaakira ArmstrongParaprofessionalRoom 9shaakira.armstrong@colonial.k12.de.us
Catherine Rounsley-MaxwellSpecial Education CoordinatorSEC Officecatherine.rounsley-maxwell@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 MicklosSLP/ATTherapyamy.micklos@colonial.k12.de.us
Kelsey NewkirkSLPTherapykelsey.newkirk@colonial.k12.de.us
Samantha MargerumSLPTherapysamantha.margerum@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.