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Lets give a warm welcome to our new staff
As the 2018-2019 school year begins, we should make a warm welcome to our new staff. We have 10 new staff members joining our Seahawk family.
Principal Thomas Sites
Mr. Sites is Decatur’s newest principal; however, he is not new to the school setting with over 22 years experience. After graduating from Flagler College, he began his teaching career at SDHS as a social studies and special education teacher. He joined the administrative staff as an assistant principal in 2006. In addition to his school day duties, he was busy coaching football, boys’ basketball, track, and baseball. He later moved to Berlin Intermediate School to be head principal. He expressed his excitement about being back and shared his goals for SDHS, which include making students a number one priority, giving them a platform to enable them to go where they need to go, providing a positive environment and being the nest school to support the student body. “I was a kid too, and I must do what is best for you guys. The staff, teachers and I come second,” he stated.
Assistant Principal Curtis Bunting
Dr. Bunting comes to SDHS with impressive qualifications and a wealth of experience. He received his Doctorates degree from the University of Wilmington and worked in the Delaware public school system for over 25 years. He explained, “I love being able to help my peers and being a leader.” He started as a teacher and advanced his way up to assistant superintendent. After retiring from Delaware, he is excited to be a part of Worcester County. “I have a lot of respect for Worcester County schools, especially Decatur. I am excited to be on the ground level again and working in the high school environment. I can’t wait to learn about the culture and how the system works here.” Dr. Bunting wants the students and staff to know that he is accessible and will take time to listen in order to provide improvements where needed.
Mr. Evansky is the newest addition to the science department. He has a wide range of teaching experience. His love for traveling and exploring new cultures has allowed him to teach for over 25 years in seven schools districts: Snow Hill, Miami Beach, Los Angeles, Oregon, New Orleans, Chicago and Maine. “My goal for this year and for my time teaching is to come into the classroom and share my passion for science. I love teaching and helping students move towards their future.”
Another addition to the Seahawk family is Mrs. Rebecca Kalchthaler, a former science teacher at Pocomoke High School. This year, Kalchthaler will be teaching biology and AP biology at Decatur. “My goals for this year are for all my students to have a successful year. I hope my students grow and learn a lot from my class,” she explained.
Mrs. Carrie Kerchner joins Stephen Decatur to teach mathematics, a subject she has instructed for four years in Wicomico County. Her plans for this year are integrating technology into the classroom, stating, “We have the resources, so I really want my kids to use them.”
Ms. Deborah McAdams is Decatur’s newest instructor of Introduction to Publications and Newspaper Production. She graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor in English. She started as a long-term substitute at Stephen Decatur Middle and High School last year. Her goal for this school year is to establish a good relationship with her students. “I want my students to meet their goals and finish my class with knowledge they can apply in the future,” she explained.
New to the foreign language department is Spanish teacher Mrs. Karen Philips, who previously taught Spanish in Delaware public schools for over 24 years. After retiring from Delaware, Phillips is excited to be here at Decatur where she hopes that her students will “enjoy her class and find a purpose.”
Mrs. Margaret Snead joins the math department after teaching for 24 years. Snead has taught at Pocomoke High School and Arcadia High School in Accomack, VA. “I enjoy helping students achieve their goals, passing classes, and graduating. I hope everyone has a good year,” Snead stated.
Mrs. Megan Seyler is a new addition to the English department. She previously taught at Wicomico High School and the Worcester Technical High School. She’s a Decatur alumnus and enjoys being back home. Her goal this year is “to survive! I hope that kids find my class interesting!”
Mr. Matthew Westbrook joins SDHS as a resource teacher after spending the last six years at Stephen Decatur Middle School. He explained that he likes working with high school students better because they are more self-sufficient. When asked for what he hopes for this year he stated jokingly, “I hope to not get lost, but I hope to figure out the system and how things work around here.”