Dr. Susan Bunting will leave her position as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education in December after nearly five decades in public education.
Bunting, who was confirmed as Secretary by the Delaware Senate in January 2017, spent the previous four decades in the Indian River School District. She began her Indian River career in 1977 as a language arts teacher and later led the district as Superintendent from 2006-2017, including being named Delaware Superintendent of the Year. She has not announced her next steps but intends to remain involved in educator training and development.
Her successor has not yet been named.
During her tenure at the Department of Education, Bunting oversaw the creation and expansion of Opportunity Funding, Delaware’s first weighted student funding program. The program targets support for low-income and English learner students.
Over the past 19 months, she oversaw the Department’s efforts to vaccinate thousands of educators and child care providers, while helping districts and charter schools continue to educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bunting was named Indian River’s Teacher of the Year in 1985. She served as Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and later as Director of Instruction before being named Superintendent in 2006. As Delaware’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year, Secretary Bunting was one of four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators’ National Superintendent of the Year award.