Kasey Revel Named IRSD Teacher of the Year
Kasey Revel Named IRSD Teacher of the Year
Posted on 05/05/2023
Kasey Revel of Sussex Central High School has been selected as the Indian River School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2023-2024. 

The announcement was made at the district’s annual Teacher of the Year ceremony on May 4. Kasey was chosen as the district’s overall winner from a pool of 15 candidates, one from each school. 

Kasey has been an agriscience teacher at Sussex Central High School since 2020. She was previously a middle school mathematics teacher and a secondary instructional mathematics coach in the Woodbridge School District from 2014-2020. She was Teacher of the Year at Woodbridge Middle School in 2017-2018.

At Sussex Central, Kasey is the school’s FFA advisor and a teacher mentor. She is also the Sussex County representative for the Delaware Association of Agriculture Educators (DAAE). In 2022-2023, she was recognized by the DAAE as a Teacher Turn the Key recipient. She and her students have designed and coordinated landscape scenery for events such as prom, graduation, homecoming, the senior awards ceremony and the SCHS Hall of Fame induction. 

As FFA advisor, Kasey has advised students participating in competitions at the state level, overseen the construction of Sussex Central’s landscape display at the Delaware State Fair, organized plant sales from the school’s greenhouse, coordinated various fund-raising activities and established a raised bed project in which vegetables from the school farm were donated to the community or entered in the state fair. 

Kasey holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in developmental psychology from Wesley College. She also holds master’s degrees in School Leadership and Gifted & Talented Education from Wilmington University.

“Kasey is not only Sussex Central’s greatest example of a highly-effective teacher, she is truly one of the best educators in our district,” said Sussex Central High School Principal Bradley Layfield. “Anyone who enters her classroom will discover that this is evident from her consistent and pervasive use of instructional best practices each and every day she interacts with students.

“Kasey’s best trait as a superior educator is her passion for her students and not just a passion for her curriculum. To watch Kasey teach and to engage her in professional conversations, as I do daily, it is clear that she fully invests her effort to ensure the success of every individual student who enters her classroom.”

Teacher of the Year winners from each district school are as follows:

Melanie Absher, East Millsboro Elementary School
Beth Baker, Howard T. Ennis School
Jessica Behrens, Lord Baltimore Elementary School
Ashley Carter, Millsboro Middle School
Triwania DeShields-Morris, North Georgetown Elementary School
Hilary Diefenderfer, Indian River High School
Sheila Ebke, Phillip C. Showell Elementary School
Kelsey Gulledge, Long Neck Elementary School
Leanne Hearn, Georgetown Elementary School
Wendy McCabe, Southern Delaware School of the Arts
Clayton Riepen, Selbyville Middle School
Abbe Tribbitt, John M. Clayton Elementary School
Elizabeth Walter, Georgetown Middle School
Brooke Zwiebel, IRSD Early Learning Center

As the district’s Teacher of the Year, Kasey Revel is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October.  

Kasey Revel, Teacher of the Year
From left: State Rep. Ron Gray, Board of Education Vice President Leolga Wright, IRSD Teacher of the Year Kasey Revel, IRSD Superintendent Jay Owens and State Rep. Rich Collins.

TOY group 23-24
Seated (from left): Brooke Zwiebel, Melanie Absher, Sheila Ebke, Kasey Revel (overall winner), Wendy McCabe, Triwania DeShields-Morris, Elizabeth Walter. Sanding (from left): Abbe Tribbitt, Beth Baker, Hilary Diefenderfer, Leanne Hearn, Kelsey Gulledge, Clayton Riepen, Jessica Behrens, Ashley Carter.