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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 - 15 Spalaris replaces Peck as Cape high s,:l L a01 assistant principal By Kerry Kester student success and achievement." Lewes Middle School, where he Education Association, the and a past member of the George Spalaris hopes that good communication, effective mentor- ing, fair discipline and strong par- ent involvement will be the hall- mark of his tenure as an adminis- trator at Cape Henlopen High School. Spalaris joined the high school staff Monday, Aug. 10, as the school's newest assistant prin- cipal. Spalaris, who has been teaching in the Cape district since 1991, is re- #acing Marge Peck, who is now the principal at Lewes Middle School. He said his inter- SPALARIS est in leaving the classroom to become an ad- ministrator is that he wants "the challenge of leading an entire school. My two biggest goals as an administrator are to promote student success and to promote staff contentment," he said. "I'm willing to work with the entire educational community to provide premium services to our students," he said. For example, Spalaris believes he will be an as- set in assisting the school as it be- gins its first year with block scheduling. "I should be able to help with the transition, becausea lot of my training at Wilmington College dealt with block scheduling," said Spalaris. He said he supports the block concept of longer class peri- ods that allow students to com- plete entire courses in a semester; the students therefore may com- plete one additional class each year. "It allows teachers more freedom to maximize instructional time," said Spalaris. "It really helps promote an integrated cur- riculum." In addition to working on cur- riculum issues, he will also have responsibility for maintaining dis- cipline in the school. "I'm a firm believer in this philosophy: be firm, be fair and be consistent," said Spalaris. He said he is a strong supporter of upholding the district's policies and procedures. "I see myself - first of all - as a role model for the students, and as a mentor. I like to think positively first, and I like to acknowledge when the students are doing things correctly," he said. He noted that he also sees his role as someone to provide intervention strategies for students, so their conflicts won't escalate. M, en,toring students is one of the ways he believes will help pro- mote a positive school climate, but he also believes in mentoring teachers. "The district places a lot of emphasis on being a mentor not only to students but also to staff," he said. "I think that's important. I will do anything I can do, as an educational leader, for staff devel- opment. I will make myself avail- able in any capacity to promote Spalaris said that in addition to mentoring students and staff members to promote student suc- cess, he will also encourage par- ents to be involved in the school community to further promote the school climate and student achievement. "I would like to see the parents continue the involve- ment they illustrated when I was at the middle school level," he said. "I welcome their input any time." Although Spalaris is new to the high school, he will not be a new face to many of the students. He began his teaching career at Mil- ton Middle School in 1991; those students are this year's senior class. In 1994, he moved to taught seventh-grade English; those students are this year's ju- nior class. He was also the sum- mer school administrator in 1997. "I believe I have a very good re- lationship with the students and parents from the Milton and Lewes communities," said Spalaris. "That will carry over in- to the high school setting." Spaiaris, 30, earned his bachelor of arts degree in secondary Eng- lish education from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also stud- ied communication. In 1997, he earned his master of arts degree in school leadership and instruction from Wilmington College. He is a member of the National Delaware State Education Associ- ation and the Cape Henlopen Edu- cation Association. He is a cur- rent member of the National Council of Teachers of English Delaware English Teachers Asso- ciation. Spalaris and his wife, Kelly, live in the Cape Region with their 9 l/2-month-old daugh- ter, Brianna. Read Selections From The (:,ape Gazette On-Line Plantations. The Perfect Place Immediate Occupancy. Available Now! Carriage Homes -- Comfortable 2 and 3 bedrooms, 2 and 2-1/2 baths, garages, screened porches ... and you live in the Plantations. Available Now! Courtyard and Villa Homes -- Roomy with 3 and 4 bed- rooms, 2 1/2 and 3 baths, garage and porch, many located on a lake. Available Now! 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