Jacqueline Adam-Taylor graduated from the University of Connecticut, earning her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.  She then went on to join Teach For America and moved to Philadelphia, where she began teaching English at John Bartram High School, located in Southwest Philadelphia. In her first few years there, she was able to co-create and supervise the Summer Bridge Program, which was funded by a multi-million dollar grant from the Department of Labor.  During her time at Bartram, she earned her Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her Principal Certification from Cabrini College, was a principal intern for the Ninth Grade Academy, and was the lead teacher in the Tenth Grade Academy.  After Bartram, she worked for two years at Young Scholars Frederick Douglass as an English teacher and teacher leader.  Before leaving Philadelphia, she taught at Blaine Academics Plus, a transformational school in the School District of Philadelphia.  Here, she was the Google Apps for Education Administrator.  Recently, she served as the Assistant School Leader at The Delaware Met.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and scuba diving.

Snyder has earned a Masters of Instruction from the University of Delaware.  In addition, Shawn has a Library Media Specialist Certificate from the University of Delaware.  His Bachelor of Science is in English Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  While there, Shawn focused on Urban Education, spending a summer working with at-risk students in Philadelphia at Edison/Fareira High School.  He also spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Nancy in France.  He is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Widner University.  Shawn has been an educator for 15 years, teaching English and serving as a library media specialist in grades 7 through 12.  He helped found Campus Community High School, a charter school focused on the constructivist approach to learning.  Currently, while working at Milford High School, he established one of the largest and most successful mentoring programs in Delaware matching community and military personnel with at-risk students.  He also created Milford High School’s first AP English Language Composition class and was Milford High School’s 2011/12 teacher of the year.  Currently, Shawn serves as Milford High School’s Curriculum Specialist, working with teachers to provide greater educational opportunities for all students. 

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Monique B. Dolcy initially earned her Bachelor of Arts at the College of New Rochelle in New York. After migrating to Delaware, Monique decided to dedicate her life to her childhood dream of educating children. Monique earned her teaching certification from the University of Delaware through the Alternate Routes to Certification program. Completing her certification has afforded her the opportunities to teach English at Marion T. Academy, Maurice J. Moyer Academy and Family Foundations Academy. Shortly after her appointment as Dean of Middle at Family Foundations Academy, Monique earned her Masters in Organizational Leadership at Strayer University. In addition to her role as an ELA instructor, Monique has served as a Lead Teacher, member of the Data Team, mentor for the Comprehensive Induction Program for new teachers, and Advisor to the National Junior Honor Society. In her spare time, Monique satisfied her love for the arts by directing several talent shows, family events and plays including The Wiz. In her current role as Director of Climate at Family Foundations Academy, Monique works with staff, students and families to understand the impact behavioral structure has on student learning. Monique subscribes to the ideal that character education and academic instruction work together to foster student achievement and that excellence can and should be the vision and mission of all school.

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