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C trper Continued from page 46 ing intellectually stimulating op- portunities, necessitated some travel. The job, she explained, was challenging and exciting, and she felt like DuPont gave her an opportunity to grow in many dif- ferent ways. With her husband's second term and election to the chair of the Na- tional Governors Association, though, she re-evaluated her per- sonal goals. As a career woman, there was never a critical mass of time for her to use for special in- terests. "DuPont has been really great," she said, noting that she will have a job with the company after her year's sabbatical. "But I felt like there was something I could do - something to do within the state that was special to me. I want to do something for somebody else." Her choice was education, with an emphasis on elementary schools, and women's health is- sues. Her decision to take a full 'ear to work on her special inter- ests was based on her notion that in a year's time, she could make a truly valuable contribution. Carper intends to visit all of the elementary schools in Delaware this year. "The thing I'm trying to do right now is get a better sense of what, overall, we are doing well in," she said. "My style is to listen - to get a sense of where we are." For example, although it's early in the school year, she's getting a sense that the recently legislated, small elementary-grade class 'sizes will prove successful. Teachers and administrators she has spoken to like the smaller classes, she said. "It makes a world of differ- ence," said Short, as Carper asked her thoughts on her smaller class size this year. "It's absolutely wonderful." "You can give the kids so much more individual attention," said Carper, noting her observation of hoff closely Short was able to work with her second graders. Carper asks for wishes She also asked Short the same question she is asking teachers Carper: experience in business, education Martha Stacy Carper, wife of Gov. Tom Carper, was born and raised in Boone, N.C. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University in 1971, and a master's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1974. After teaching at the University of Tennessee for a year, she gained employment with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, where in 1975, she earned the distinction Of being among the first women to be certified as quality control engineers. Since her career began with DuPont, she has held positions in the following fields: technical mar- keting, marketing and business planning. Prior to her one-year leave of absence, effective Aug. 1, 1998, she worked as the global business manager in the company's lycra business. Continued on page 48 Childrenswear Outlet FALL SAVINGS 25% OFF ALL FALL 1998 MERCHANDISE Excluding Pumpkin Patch OCTOBER 9-19, I998 IAST SIZES 3-24 MOS. ' GIRLS SIZES 2T-16 ' BOYS SIZES 21'-14 hartstrings childrenswear outlet REHOBOTH OUTLET CENTER , #202 HWY. 1, REHOBOTH BEACH, DE (302)644-0666 MON-SAT 10-9, SUN 10-6 I [ CAP GAZETTE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 47 and administrators throughout the state: what would you put on a wish list for your school? Short said she was delighted to finally see the smaller classes, "but I wouldn't mind having an- other one or two computers in the room." The wish list isn't the same thing as the list a child writes for Santa Claus; rather, it provides Carper with input about where Delaware schools are and what more needs to be done. "Teachers do care, and they want the children to succeed," said Carper. "It's our job to provide them with the tools they need to achieve that success." Selby-Parker's wishes were bolder than Short's. "At this point, I'm wishing for more space," she said. Rehoboth Ele- mentary School is so overcrowded that the former exercise room has been divided into three class- rooms. The space has no win- dows, poor ventilation and what appears to be an air quality that promotes allergic reactions. Like other educators, she is warmly embracing smaller class sizes. Her other wish is to see the law on small class sizes expand the grades from K-3 to K-12. "That's my wish, but we have to look at where we will put the stu- dents as we decrease the class sizes," she said. She also told Carper she'd like to see air condi- tioning in all of the buildings, so that more summer and community programs could be accommodat- ed. After leaving Rehoboth Ele- meg tary, Carper said that she in- temls to check with environmen- talists to see if anything can be done to improve the classroom en- virgnment at Reh0both. 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