Caesar Rodney superintendent receives national recognition

Caesar Rodney School District superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald greets children arriving at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center in 2016. (Delaware State News file photo)

CAMDEN — Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District, has been named the 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.

Dr. Fitzgerald has been the Caesar Rodney School District’s superintendent since 2007, previously serving as a principal and assistant principal at Caesar Rodney High School. His experience also includes 13 years as a social studies teacher in Maryland.

“I am humbled by this honor,” Dr. Fitzgerald said. “When you enter the field of education it’s not about winning awards or seeking individual recognition. This is about students and making sure they are provided with the tools necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world.

“Whether as a teacher, administrator or superintendent, I’m proud to say that this has always been my focus.”

The Caesar Rodney School District is comprised of around 8,000 students in 12 schools, with one middle/elementary school campus located on Dover Air Force Base and another school that serves as the county’s school for students with autism.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s tenure with the CRSD has seen marked growth in technology, blended learning and community and stakeholder outreach.

The district has become one of the state’s technology leaders, leveraging multi-platform learning modules to offer high school courses to middle school students and middle school courses in elementary schools.

Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, the district became one of the state’s pioneers in world language immersion programs. The district offers students the opportunity to take seven different world languages, which is most in the state. Parents of kindergarten students have the opportunity to have their children immersed in Chinese or Spanish language.

Dr. Fitzgerald has also used student and staff voices, as well as the community, to showcase the district’s successes.

“Dr. Fitzgerald is an incredible leader and educator who is laser-focused on advocating for students,” said Tom Armelino, executive director for NASS. “This honor is an acknowledgment of Kevin’s hard work and determination to build an educational environment where students and teachers can grow.

“Students need a visionary who is willing to consider the entire population and how equitable practices can be used to build our next generation of leaders. Dr. Fitzgerald is that visionary and he’s guided by a strategy that captures community values and most importantly, his students.”

Dr. Fitzgerald will be formally honored at the NASS National Advocacy Conference, Sept. 23-25, in Washington.

“An award of this nature is not won by an individual — it is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty staff and administrative team, the support of our school board and the faith that our community and placed in us to provide the best possible education for their children,” Dr. Fitzgerald said.

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