When Denise Jacono, the new principal at Holy Cross School in Dover, talks about her students, her voice rings with enthusiasm and pride.She
said it's the best part of her
new job, which began July 1 when she
moved to Dover from the Holy Rosary School
"When you have this many gifted children together, you can't help but enjoy it," she
is amazed by the creativity the students show, whether it's through the marching band and chorus or drama and violin classes.She
also has noticed Holy Cross
has the strongest faith identity she's
seen and parents from as far as Rehoboth Beach and Smyrna who send their children to the school aren't doing so just because it provides a low-cost private education.
With such a supportive community and parish as well as a solid academic program, students already have a solid foundation, so Jacono wants to focus on developing curriculum that will help them in the 21st century with critical thinking and cooperative work skills.
Jacono hopes to continue to develop different styles of learning to do a better job of meeting the needs of individual students.
The new principal has lots of experience to draw on as she
works to improve the school.Jacono spent 15 years in the classroom as an elementary science teacher before becoming principal at Holy Rosary five years ago.She
hasn't always been in the classroom, though.In her prior career, she worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and feels her social work background gives her a greater understanding of human nature.Jacono
moved into teaching because it gives her
a chance to prevent problems instead of just fixing them.