TOY / Star Hill
Caesar Rodney
dirt road

... The district officially came into existence as State Consolidated District No. 1 on July 1, 1915 under the authority of a state consolidation law. Shortly thereafter residents of the area voted 52 to 1 to approve a $12,000 bond to supplement an $18,000 appropriation from the state for the construction of a new school building for grades one through twelve. Not long after that the school board adopted the name of Caesar Rodney for the district and school in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and statesman who had made his home near St. Jones Neck in the eastern part of the county....

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Teacher of the Year at Star Hill

Amanda Fesel

Amanda Fesel is a fourth grade teacher at Star Hill Elementary School in Dover. With nine years teaching experience, Amanda received a Bachelor degree in Education Certification from Wesley College and a Masters degree in School Counseling from Wilmington University. “Teaching is the most rewarding career one could be a part of. My most rewarding moments are with students. Working with students that have that ‘aha’ moment when they finally understand the concepts of multiplication gives me the feeling of accomplishment. Having the shy student feel comfort-able enough in to break the silence and offer an answer to a question in front of the whole class makes me feel like together we created a non-threatening environment for all. When a child says sorry without being asked, I feel that I have assisted in teaching empathy. When former students come back with smiles and open arms ready to be hugged and begin their conversations with, “Remember when we…”