TOY / Stokes Elementary
Caesar Rodney
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... 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 Stokes

Dawn Dick

  Dawn Dick is a first grade Elementary Education Reading Specialist at Nellie Stokes Elementary School. Dawn has 14 years of teach-ing experience and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Educa-tion from Villanova University and a Masters in Reading from Wilmington University. “Recently I was sitting in my classroom when a young woman dressed in army fatigues walked into my class. She looked familiar but I couldn’t place her face. As she approached me, my mouth dropped. This was a student I taught my very first year teaching. We immediately hugged and she said she was in the school to watch her brother graduate from fifth grade but she wanted to stop and visit with the staff. I was touched to say the least when she said I was one of her favorite teachers. I could say that I have helped to “mold our future” and have “educated the future leaders” but I believe my greatest contribution in teaching is making an impact on a child’s life. “