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Dr. Janis Hanwell

At Large Seat 2021-2026

Dr. Janis Hanwell spent 31 years in education as a special education teacher, principal, and school district-level administrator. She was the project director for construction of the new Cape Henlopen High School and retired from the District in 2010 as assistant superintendent. Janis lives in Lewes with her husband, a retired military officer and aerospace engineer, as well as a proud Cape alumnus. Both of their children are Cape grads and they now have two grandchildren thriving in Cape schools. Hanwell has a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in marketing and graphic design, has held K-12 certificates and taught art and special education in residential and public school settings, and at one time held a license as an art therapist. She also has an M. Ed. in special education and an Ed. D. in educational leadership. Dr. Hanwell was re-elected in 2021 and currently serves as one of three At Large members on the board. She also serves as a vice president and the District’s representative on the Delaware School Board Association board of directors and the Delaware School Board Association Legislative Priorities Committee. She is currently the executive director of a nonprofit transportation co-op for seniors operating throughout Sussex County with a home base in Milton. So that Cape can continue to provide the best educational programs and services for all children, Hanwell supports the importance of fiscally sound decisions and wants to ensure local, state, and federal resources are maximized and make sure that schools, classrooms, and outdoor facilities are safe, positive, and healthy environments. She is also a strong advocate of the District's efforts to continue to foster, strengthen, and celebrate diversity at all levels. Contact Dr. Hanwell at or (updated 3/2023)