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Charlynne J. Hopkins
John M. Clayton Elementary School
Indian River School District
Frankford, Delaware

Described by her colleagues as passionate and encouraging, Charlynne “Char” Hopkins has been one of the most successful principals in Delaware schools for the past fourteen years. When she came to John. M. Clayton (JMC) Elementary in 2011, Hopkins had already earned two Title I School of Distinction awards and two Blue Ribbon School awards at her previous school, Long Neck Elementary. Hopkins has maintained her success at JMC with her ability to promote teamwork and her attention to students' basic needs. At JMC, teachers “are no longer shutting [their] classroom doors, but opening them and inviting others to watch,” says teacher Melissa Grise. Teachers and staff attend grade-level Professional Learning Committees to focus on Common Core Standards and determine the best learning strategies for their students. Aware that 81 percent of the student population is considered low-income, Hopkins works with local organizations to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to learn. For example, the Food Bank of Delaware delivers sixty weekend backpack meals every Friday, thus increasing Friday attendance for regular absentees. Furthermore, Hopkins was the first principal in the district to be asked to host the Spanish Immersion Program. JMC won a Title I School of Distinction award in 2013 and a Blue Ribbon School award in 2014. Hopkins holds a B.S. from Temple University, an M.A. from Rowan University, and an Ed. D. from Nova University.