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IRSD Spotlight Podcast
The IRSD Spotlight podcast is produced by the Indian River School District and provides useful information about the programs, events and accomplishments happening throughout the district. It also highlights important topics impacting education in our community. A list of episodes is below. Episodes can also be accessed through iTunes or through several mobile podcast apps by searching “IRSD.”


Episode 48: The Secret Life of David Warick  David Warick

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Posted May 31, 2019

In this episode, we expose the secret life of Sussex Central High School drama teacher David Warick. (Jeopardy! footage courtesy of King World and Merv Griffin Enterprises, 1990.)

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Episode 47: Art Henry, IRSD Teacher of the Year  Art Henry    

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Posted May 15, 2019

In this episode, we talk with Millsboro Middle School teacher Art Henry, who was named the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.

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Special Announcement: Referendum

Posted May 3, 2019

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Episode 46: The Sussex Central Shuffle  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted April 8, 2019

What is the Sussex Central Shuffle? In this episode, Principal Bradley Layfield, student Braeden Swain and teacher Shelby DiCostanzo attempt to answer that question while discussing the challenges they face on a daily basis in an overcrowded Sussex Central High School. Superintendent Mark Steele also discusses the importance of the district’s major capital improvement referendum on May 7.

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Episode 45: Student Profile – Kathleen Carter (IRHS)  Kathleen Carter

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Posted March 1, 2019

In this episode, we visit with Indian River High School senior Kathleen Carter, a highly-decorated musician and honors student. IRHS band director Nathan Mohler also joins us to talk about one of his most gifted students.

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Special Announcement: Referendum

Posted February 1, 2019

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Episode 44: Referendum, February 5, 2019  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted January 11, 2019

In this episode, Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele talks about the major capital improvement and current expense referendum scheduled for February 5, 2019.

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Episode 43: John Wells  John Wells

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Posted December 14, 2018

In this episode, Sussex Central High School football coach John Wells discusses his team’s 2018 Delaware Division I state championship. He also talks about his highly-successful 23-year coaching career.

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Bonus Content
John Wells career coaching record
SCHS 2018 State Football Championship

 

Episode 42: Community Spotlight – Ann Marie Dalton  Ann Marie Dalton

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Posted October 23, 2018

In this episode, Ann Marie Dalton of the Ocean View Police Department talks about her career in law enforcement and her commitment to helping the students of Lord Baltimore Elementary School through mentoring and other activities.

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Episode 41: Special Education Week 2018  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted October 9, 2018

In honor of IRSD Special Education Week (October 22-26), we talk with two gifted teachers – Audra Mitchell of East Millsboro Elementary School and Jennah Truitt of Lord Baltimore Elementary School – about their careers, their classrooms and their philosophies on special education. We also highlight some of the activities happening in our schools during Special Education Week.

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Episode 40: Take II Drama Club Season Preview  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted September 14, 2018

In this episode, Sussex Central High School drama teacher David Warick discusses the Take II Drama Club’s upcoming season and reveals the name of the “Fall Mystery Play.”

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Episode 39: Back to School, 2018-2019  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted August 28, 2018

This episode sets the stage for the 2018-2019 school year, which begins on September 4. First, Superintendent Mark Steele addresses the state of the school district and the important initiatives on tap for the coming months. Directors of Education Kelly Dorman and Renee Jerns then stop by to talk about the K-12 curriculum and what parents need to know entering the new school year. Finally, Supervisor of Early Learning Dr. Audrey Carey discusses preschool services in the district.

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Episode 38: The Year in Review, 2017-2018  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted June 13, 2018

A look back at the 2017-2018 school year.

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Episode 37: Major Capital Improvements and Other News  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted May 15, 2018

In this episode, Superintendent Mark Steele discusses the district’s future major capital improvement needs and we highlight the recent accomplishments of our students and staff. We also share some important information that parents will need as the 2017-2018 school year draws to a close.

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Episode 36: Courtney White, IRSD Teacher of the Year  Courtney White

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Posted May 3, 2018

A conversation with Courtney White, 2018-2019 IRSD Teacher of the Year. Courtney discusses the Teacher of the Year award, her philosophy on classroom instruction and her interesting journey to becoming a decorated teacher.

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Episode 35: Indian River Glory Years, Part 2  IR basketball 1980

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Posted March 15, 2018

From 1979-1981, Indian River High School reached the pinnacle of athletic success in the State of Delaware. The accomplishments of the school’s football and boys’ basketball teams whipped the community into a frenzy and made Indian River a force to be reckoned with in Delaware high school athletics. A special guest who was member of all of these teams steps into the Spotlight to discuss the IRHS “glory years.” In Part 2 of our Indian River “Glory Years” retrospective, Chris Shelton visits the Spotlight again to discuss the success of the 1980 and 1981 IRHS boys’ basketball teams.

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Bonus Content
State boys' basketball finals - 1980 and 1981
Chris Shelton
The Jacket
Wilmington Morning News article - March 15, 1981

 

Episode 34: Indian River Glory Years, Part 1  IR football 1979

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Posted March 7, 2018

From 1979-1981, Indian River High School reached the pinnacle of athletic success in the State of Delaware. The accomplishments of the school’s football and boys’ basketball teams whipped the community into a frenzy and made Indian River a force to be reckoned with in Delaware high school athletics. A special guest who was member of all of these teams steps into the Spotlight to discuss the IRHS “glory years.”

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Bonus Content
The 1979 season
The 1980 season

 

Episode 33: Social Worker at the Library  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted March 1, 2018

Selbyville Public Library Director Kelly Kline and social worker Dorian Baker talk about a unique partnership that is making social workers available to Indian River School District residents.

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Episode 32: “SuperBot” Saturday  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted February 6, 2018

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Assistant Principal Travis Bower and two district students – Addison Lane and Ruby DiSabatino – talk about the upcoming “SuperBot Saturday” VEX IQ robotics competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Georgetown Elementary School.

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Special Announcement: A Special Message from Superintendent Mark Steele

Posted December 21, 2017

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Episode 31: Student Profile – Holly Williams (SCHS)  Holly Williams

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Posted December 15, 2017

In this student profile episode, Sussex Central High School senior Holly Williams discusses the school’s mock trial team, the International Baccalaureate program and her interests outside of school. Holly is joined by teacher and mock trial coach Jordan Marvel.

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Episode 30: Sussex Central “Nerd Circle”  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted November 27, 2017

What happens when eight high school teachers get together to discuss their favorite comic book and superhero movies? You’ll find out in this episode as we go inside the Sussex Central High School “Nerd Circle,” where the discussions are passionate, funny and highly intellectual.

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Episode 29: News and Notes  i

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Posted October 16, 2017

In this episode, we highlight some of the district’s recent awards and accomplishments while passing along important information about school choice, Smart911 and the upcoming parent focus group meetings for special education.

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Episode 28: Pickleball, Harry K and Adult Education  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted October 5, 2017

Michele Murphy, IRSD Parent Center coordinator, stops by to discuss the adult and community education program, the Harry K Foundation food pantry, mentoring activities for district students and the various services offered by the parent center.

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Episode 27: Why Did You Become a Teacher?  i

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Posted September 18, 2017

Why did you become a teacher? That’s the question we’re posing to district teachers Laurie Hall, Angela Wilson, Rob Gibson, Sara Baker and Jesse Steele. We’ll also find out if they ever thought of pursuing a career other than teaching and what aspects of the teaching profession they find the most rewarding. Their responses are both funny and moving.

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Special Announcement: WRDE Charity Golf Classic

Posted September 5, 2017

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Episode 26: Back to School, Part 2  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted September 1, 2017

In the second of our Back to School episodes, Dr. LouAnn Hudson discusses new instructional programs for the 2017-2018 school year while Dr. Jay Owens talks about special education services in the Indian River School District.

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Episode 25: Back to School, Part 1  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted August 23, 2017

In the first of two Back to School episodes, Superintendent Mark Steele discusses the upcoming 2017-2018 school year while Tyler Bryan talks about bus transportation in the Indian River School District.

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Episode 24: Meet Your Superintendent  Mark Steele

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Posted July 17, 2017

IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele discusses his 36-year career as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Indian River School District. Mr. Steele was named district superintendent in January 2017 and also talks about the challenges he’s faced during his first six months on the job.

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Episode 23: “13 Reasons Why”  13 Reasons Why

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Posted May 17, 2017

In this special episode, school counselors Erin Crooks and Marie Keffer give their impressions of the popular television series “13 Reasons Why” and discuss what parents and students can do to prevent teen suicide. Suicide prevention resources are available on the Indian River School District website at irsd.net. Go to the Parents & Students tab at the top of the page and click on “Bullying and Suicide Prevention Resources” in the drop-down menu.

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Episode 22: Erin Crooks, Delaware School Counselor of the Year Erin Crooks

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Posted May 12, 2017

Erin Crooks of Georgetown Middle School discusses her role as school counselor and her recent selection as Delaware's School Counselor of the Year for 2017.

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Episode 21: Lisa Richardson, IRSD Teacher of the Year  Lisa Richardson

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Posted May 3, 2017

A conversation with Lisa Richardson, the Indian River School District's Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. Lisa discusses her teaching career and her philosophies on education.

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Episode 20: Phil Shultie  Phil Shultie

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Posted April 3, 2017

Phil Shultie discusses his 41 years as Sussex Central High School's wrestling coach and the Golden Knights' 2017 dual meet state championship.

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Episode 19: Student Profile – Erin Haden (IRHS)  Erin Haden

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Posted March 27, 2017

A conversation with Indian River High School senior Erin Haden, who is ranked second in her class, is a three-sport varsity athlete and has performed numerous community service activities.

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Episode 18: Referendum, March 2, 2017  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted February 17, 2017

Interim Superintendent Mark Steele discusses the upcoming current expense referendum on March 2 and its importance to the future of the Indian River School District.

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Episode 17: The 1983 Sussex Central vs Indian River Football Game IR vs SC 1983

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Posted February 13, 2017

In this episode, we revisit the controversial 1983 Sussex Central-Indian River football game. John Wells and Jim Smith share their recollections of perhaps the most bizarre chapter in this long-time high school gridiron rivalry. (“Smoke and Mirrors” courtesy of Gotye and Eleven Records, 2011. “Your Hand in Mine” courtesy of Explosions in the Sky and Temporary Residence, 2003.)

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Bonus Content
Media coverage - Sussex County Post

 

Episode 16: John Wells  John Wells

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Posted February 8, 2017

John Wells discusses his more than two decades as a football and softball coach at Sussex Central High School. ("29" courtesy of the Gin Blossoms and A&M Records, 1992.)

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Episode 15: Special Education Week 2017  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted February 3, 2017

Dr. Heather Statler and Dr. Jay Owens discuss the district's first-ever Special Education Week to be held February 27 through March 3.

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Episode 14: Student Profile – Adamari Rodriguez (SCHS)  Adamari Rodriguez

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Posted December 7, 2016

Adamari Rodriguez is a senior at Sussex Central High School. She is an honors student who is ranked in the Top 10 of her class, she is senior class president for 2016-2017, she is captain of the cheerleading team and she is enrolled in the school’s International Baccalaureate program. She also has an impressive list of community service activities. Adamari is the featured guest in this student profile episode of IRSD Spotlight. (“Halo” courtesy of the Foo Fighters and RCA Records, 2002.)

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Episode 13: SCHS Take II Drama Club Season Preview  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted October 12, 2016

Sussex Central High School drama teacher David Warick offers a preview of the Take II Drama Club's upcoming season, which includes productions of "Throne of Blood," "Cinderella" and "David Copperfield." (“Limelight” courtesy of Rush and Mercury Records, 1981.)

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Episode 12: Student Profile – David Clark (IRHS)  David Clark

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Posted October 3, 2016

Indian River High School senior David Clark is an honors student, a two-sport athlete and a state officer in Business Professionals of America. David also has the honor of being first student guest in the IRSD Spotlight.

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Episode 11: Referendum – November 22, 2016  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted September 27, 2016

Superintendent Susan Bunting discusses the district's upcoming current expense referendum on November 22, 2016.

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Episode 10: Back to School, 2016-2017  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted August 31, 2016

Superintendent Susan Bunting and Director of Instruction LouAnn Hudson discuss the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, which begins on September 6.

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Episode 9: School Nutrition Services  Cliff Toomey

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Posted August 8, 2016

What does it take to feed more than 10,000 children on a daily basis from September through June? Clifton Toomey, Supervisor of Nutrition Services for the Indian River School District, talks about what goes into running food service operations at 15 school cafeterias.

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Episode 8: School Safety Monitors  School Safety Monitors

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Posted July 12, 2016

Preston Lewis, district Administrator of Student Services, and Douglas Hudson, school safety monitor at Indian River High School, discuss the impact of the district’s groundbreaking school safety monitor program, which was implemented in 2013.

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Episode 7: Student Mental Health Services  IRSD Spotlight

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Posted May 26, 2016

Belinda Waples, Director of Special Education, and Kim Taylor, Special Outreach Services Coordinator, discuss student mental health services in the Indian River School District.

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Episode 6: Melissa Grise, IRSD Teacher of the Year  Melissa Grise

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Posted May 4, 2016

A conversation with Melissa Grise, the Indian River School District's Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017.

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Episode 5: Audrey Carey  Audrey Carey

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Posted April 19, 2016

Audrey Carey, Supervisor of Elementary Instruction, discusses the district's Spanish Immersion program and its benefits to elementary school students.

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Episode 4: Mike League  Mike League

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Posted April 11, 2016

Instructional Technology Specialist Mike League discusses the district's use of Schoology and its impact on classroom instruction and teacher professional development.

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Episode 3: Lori Hudson  Lori Hudson

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Posted March 16, 2016

Lori Hudson discusses her role as a teacher recruiter and mentor in the Indian River School District.

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Episode 2: James Hudson  Jim Hudson

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Posted March 4, 2016

Board of Education President James Hudson discusses his career in education and how an increase in enrollment has impacted the Indian River School District.

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Episode 1: Dr. Susan Bunting  Susan Bunting

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Posted February 23, 2016

Dr. Susan Bunting discusses her role as IRSD superintendent and talks about the challenges presented by unprecedented enrollment growth in the district.

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