John Sell, the standing Delaware State Teacher of the Year, has been named an assistant principal at Sussex Technical High School.
Sell, an English teacher at Sussex Tech for the past 12 years, will supervise students with last names beginning with letters P through Z. He will supervise the English and Special Education departments and oversee classroom technology, as well as take responsibility for student clubs and organizations.
Q You’ve been a teacher for about 23 years. Now that you’re an assistant principal, do you think you’ll miss teaching, and how do you plan to adjust?
A I’m sure I will miss many of the aspects of being a classroom teacher. Teaching is the only profession I have ever known, and I have always loved being in the classroom. However, after 23 years, I am ready for a new challenge and I really believe that my role as assistant principal will allow me to forge even more relationships with a broader range of students and teachers.
Q In your new position, how do you plan to enhance the educational experience for students at Sussex Tech?
A I believe I can share my wealth of classroom experiences with many more teachers; therefore, I will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the educations of even more students at Sussex Tech.
Q You’re well known for your use of technology in the classroom. How will you weave this technique into your new position?
A One of my specific responsibilities as assistant principal is coordinating technology use in the classroom. I have already begun fostering more technology integration, from Blackboard instructional interfaces for all staff members, to creative use of iPads and other computer devices in the classroom. Technology integration is a passion of mine, and I hope to see many of our teachers move to a more technology-rich mode of teaching.
Q What is your favorite part about being an educator?
A Without a doubt, the best part of being an educator is the chance to work with such a diverse group of young people. The students at Sussex Tech High School are absolutely amazing, and they bring such a wealth of creativity, intelligence and personality to school every day.