Christine M. AloisChristine M. Alois
Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School
Caesar Rodney School District
Dover, Delaware

If you call the school that Christine Alois leads, you’ll likely hear a staff member answer the phone this way: “We’re having a great day at Stokes.” Alois takes pride in “sustaining an environment where students love to learn and teachers love to teach,” she says. “I believe our school is best known for its inviting and caring atmosphere.” Alois has headed Nellie Hughes Stokes Elementary School as principal since 2003. She also previously served the small-town K-5 school of 468 students as assistant principal for two years. Her instructional leadership shows in the superior rating the school has maintained in its state throughout her principalship. With a passion for professional development and for spending time in the classroom, Alois is rarely in her office. “It is important to me that I always be seen as a teacher by our staff, students, and community,” she says. Beyond her school, Alois also has been a leader in her profession through her local, state, and national involvement in organizations of principals. She currently chairs the Delaware Principals’ Academy and was president of the Delaware Elementary School Principals’ Association in 2007-2008. These roles have kept her current on educational trends and beneficial initiatives to implement at her school. She has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master’s degree from Wesley College in Delaware.