Sue Dutton, Coach
- Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation, Wilmington University 1995
- M.A. Ed. Delaware State University, 1987
- B.A., University of Delaware, 1976, Mathematics with minor in secondary education
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Sue Dutton has 29 years of Delaware public education experience including 12 as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher and 17 years as a school administrator. During her six year tenure as assistant principal at Seaford and Cape Henlopen High Schools, Sue was instrumental in the creation of school leadership teams and also wrote a grant in excess of $300,000 for the addition of an agriculture program at CHHS. She was also selected as the Delaware Assistant Principal of the Year in 1999 and received the University of Delaware Commitment to Education Award in 2001. As principal of Redding Middle School in the Appoquinimink School District, Sue moved her school to number one in writing and in the top 5 in all other subject areas. She also oversaw two major capital initiatives and led her school through a major redistricting and restructuring project.
Since leaving the principalship, Sue worked as the Director of Student Services for the Woodbridge School District. She oversaw the creation of a functional life skills program as well as a pre-kindergarten program for students with special needs. Additionally, Sue was responsible for school improvement, grant writing, English as a Second Language, guidance services, homeless and migrant education, state testing, school calendar, and parent involvement (among others). She was also involved in balanced leadership training at Darden College. She was selected as the Administrator of the Year for the Delaware Administrators of Special Programs in 2009.
Sue retired from the State of Delaware in July of 2011 and immediately began training as a development coach at the University of Delaware. Sue has been a board member of the Delaware Association of School Administrators, has served as the president of both the Delaware Association of Secondary School Principals as well as the Delaware Administrators of Special Programs. She is a trained mentor for school principals and has served on numerous state level committees including the Delaware Education Support System Advisory Board.
An area of specialty for Sue is the use of technology. She is Microsoft certified in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and has presented numerous trainings on various technology topics within the districts where she worked as well as throughout the state and within the community. Sue received her doctorate as part of the first doctoral cohort from Wilmington University in 2004. Her dissertation was the development of a software package for colleges to use in the recertification process. Sue also employs and teaches technology as an efficiency and organizational tool for school personnel. She also has had an article published in Delaware School Leaders on organization and efficiency for building principals.
Sue’s areas of specialty are: school improvement, technology, special education, grant writing, using data to improve student achievement, distributive leadership, Dealing with Difficult Teachers, Dealing with Difficult Parents, conflict resolution, administrative mentoring, organization, school scheduling, balanced scorecard, project management, Positive Behavior Support, Instructional Support Team, Response to Intervention, parent engagement, team development, improvement plans.