M-W alumna named Delaware’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

on November 20, 2019

The school district congratulates 2011 Monroe-Woodbury High School graduate Rebecca Vitelli on being named “2020 Teacher of the Year” in the state of Delaware. Vitelli teaches prekindergarten for the Colonial Early Education Program in the Colonial School District. We’re so proud of all that she has accomplished and the role her M-W teachers played in helping shape her future as a dedicated educator.

A note from Rebecca regarding her M-W experience:

My time at Monroe-Woodbury truly set the foundation for me to become a passionate educator.  I learned about hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  I learned about the importance of collaboration and working with others.  And I learned that one is never done learning.

Throughout my years as an M-W student, I was fortunate to have incredible educators. A few teachers stood out as inspirational models.  In 5th grade, Mr. Warbrick from Pine Tree Elementary school taught me the importance of getting to know your students and building meaningful relationships in the classroom. Ms. Alessi made our 6th grade class feel like a true family; we were always respected, loved, and valued.  Mr. Taravella, in 8th grade, made reading come to life; learning was a joyful celebration. In HS, I was grateful to have many educators that supported me and my goals.  I felt that they cared about me, my well-being, and were invested in my success. I was able to explore my interests by being a member of numerous clubs, orchestras, athletic teams, and honor societies. The opportunity to participate in programs such as Science Research and New Vision Education helped to prepare me for college and career.

M-W’s goal is to provide what students need in order for them to reach their true potential.  M-W teachers certainly did this for me.  I thank them for being a part of my educational journey and instilling a love of learning in me that I can pass on to my preschool students.

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