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Elementary Education Supervisor Wins Award

On October 25 Donna Kolakowski, Cape Henlopen School District’s Supervisor of Elementary Education, received the Jean Martin Award for her dedication to promoting literacy for students in Delaware. 


Kolakowski was nominated for this award by Shields Elementary Principal, Jennifer Nauman. “Mrs. Kolakowski is a champion for promoting literacy for our students in Delaware,” said Nauman. “She has led the district’s literacy focus over the past four years resulting in many unique opportunities for students in our district.”  One of those unique opportunities comes in the form of the Cape Book Mobile.  The book mobile is loaded with books each spring and travels to neighborhoods throughout our district each evening in the summer, providing books for our students to read. Kolakowski is also the co-chair of the Literacy Coalition.  In this role, she helps plan professional development for teachers in the state focused around Literacy.  


In addition to the accomplishments listed above, she has also transformed the reading instruction within the Cape Henlopen School District by choosing a new reading framework, the American Reading Company.  This framework encourages all students in grades K-5 to read for an hour each day: 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home.  She is truly cultivating the love of reading in teachers and students.


“I’m honored to be the recipient of the Jean Martin Award,” said Donna Kolakowski. “I love what I do, and to have the opportunity to encourage students to spend time reading is truly a privilege. Thank you Mrs. Nauman for the nomination, and thank you to the DLA Literacy Institute for selecting me, amongst all of the other well deserving candidates, to represent this award.”


Kolakowski was presented with a plaque at the DLA Fall Literacy event held at Dover Downs.