Letter to the Editor: Denman for Caesar Rodney school board

My family relocated to Dover in 1990 from Newark, N.J. Living in Newark (N.J), I has spent the beginning of my school years attending a private Catholic school, St. Columbus. It wasn’t until moving to Dover, in the fifth grade, I attended my first public school, William Henry Middle School.

My second year at William Henry Middle School, my parents and teachers began to notice my grades dropping in English class. We were then introduced to Mrs. Joyce Simmons Denman (Special Education English teacher). I can remember at the beginning of being placed in Mrs. Denman’s classroom, being embarrassed and ashamed.

After a few weeks of being in Mrs. Denman’s class, I realized that she had this indescribable faith in me. She saw a passion in me that I didn’t see in myself. She would spend a lot of her personal time and effort to help me get caught up academically. She also helped me to pursue the things I loved (reading and math). Not only did Mrs. Denman teach me English, she helped me to advanced my reading and math skills. The most valuable gifts she gave me was determination, dedication and self-esteem.

In 2004, I had my first son, Jahquille Goode, who was born severely and critically premature (at 24 weeks). Due to his medical status and condition, he spent the first five years of his life in Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. As time went on (four years later, Jahquille started to become medically stable.

One day, I called Capital School District to learn the process and steps I needed to take get him to get enrolled into school. A few days later, Mrs. Joyce Denman came to the hospital to see us. I couldn’t believe it! The teacher who had the biggest impact on my life, was now the director/supervisor of Special Education and I would have the honor of her working with my baby.

From this day forward, Mrs. Denman has played a major role in my son’s life and education. She immediately started sending teachers to the hospital, on the days Jahquille was medically stable, so he wouldn’t be left behind. Even when he wasn’t stable, she would come to visit us at the hospital just to show support.

I wholeheartedly believe Mrs. Joyce Simmons Denman is the kind of advocate every student and parent should have the opportunity to encounter. She is passionate and dedicated to every child’s education and future.

I believe she will be a true advocate for all students and parents for Caesar Rodney School District and will ensure that every student has the chance to maximize their potential. She has always conducted herself with grace, dedication, sincerity and dignity that should be an inspiration to us all.

Sharonda Goode
Dover

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