Kudos: Beebe Health Care nursing program, Teacher of the Year Realtor of the Year


The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing Class of 2020 recently earned a 100 percent pass rate for the NCLEX exam.

The NCLEX is a comprehensive adaptive exam that allows students to become licensed and practice as registered nurses.

“This accomplishment ranks the graduates from the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare at the top among all RN programs in the state,” said Program Administrator Karen Pickard. “The School of Nursing prides itself on outstanding outcomes, with NCLEX success being a top priority. This is the second year in a row the school has celebrated 100% NLCEX success.”


McKean’s Stock wins state’s. top teaching honor

An English learner teacher from the Red Clay Consolidated School District is Delaware’s 2021 State Teacher of the Year.

Kimberly Stock of McKean High School now is Delaware’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. She said she will use her position to share her message about how schools must adapt to give students equitable access and opportunities.

A virtual celebration honored all 20 district and charter teachers of the year who, due to COVID-19 precautions, watched the televised and streamed broadcast at small gatherings across the state instead of joining together at the typical statewide banquet.

Stock’s passion for supporting students who face difficult challenges comes from her own life experiences. Abandoned as a child in South Korea, Stock said she does not know her age, birthplace, or given name.

“After living with a foster family in Korea, I was adopted by a white family in Nebraska. Despite experiencing moments of trauma, racism, illness, loss and death caused by ethnic violence, I have been given new opportunities and second chances,” she said. “Only through God’s grace and many opened doors by people who believed in me do I stand here today.”

Now Stock tries to be the one opening those doors for her students, starting by better preparing her colleagues to instruct them.

“We must provide moments for our most vulnerable students to shine. When I surveyed staff about their training in English learner teaching methods, few said they had ever taken even one class. Meanwhile, our EL population has grown over 81 percent in the last five years at McKean, making everyone a teacher of English learners,” Stock said.

Stock, who teaches Advanced Placement Literature and Composition and 11th grade English language arts, manages the language acquisition plans for more than 160 McKean students.

Stock earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska and her first Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she researched the recruitment and retention of teachers and administrators of color. Her second graduate degree, a Master of Arts in teaching English as a second language from the University of Delaware, resulted in a proposed curriculum for a Methods of Teaching English Learners course for all new Delaware teachers.

This year’s celebration was sponsored in part by Voya Financial.


Lewes resident Realtor of the Year

Lewes resident George Thomasson has been named the 2020 Delaware Realtor of the Year. 

The award honors the Realtor whose service has delivered a positive impact both in their communities and the real estate industry at the national, state, and local levels.

A partner of The Sprouse Thomasson Group and associate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Gallo Realty Lewes, Thomasson (who was also named Sussex County Association of Realtors  Realtor of the Year in January) has had numerous leadership positions with the Sussex County Association of Realtors. He was recently elected 2021 President-Elect for the Sussex County Association of Realtors.  

Thomasson is currently serving his 5th year as a Commissioner on the City of Lewes Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Commission and he stays active on a civic level promoting regionally focused Lifestyle awareness as the co-founder and co-administrator of the popular social media groups, Junction and Breakwater Trail and The Gardens Of Lewes Delaware.

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