Mr. Auerbach, Principal
Mr. Auerbach graduated from Wesleyan University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He then began his teaching career in New York City, teaching third grade in Washington Heights and receiving his Master’s degree in Elementary Education from The City College of New York. He moved back home to Wilmington in 2003 and taught at Wilmington Friends School for four years, teaching third grade and fifth grade. After a year at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School teaching fifth grade, Mr. Auerbach became the Academic Dean at Thomas Edison Charter School for four years, where he also taught seventh and eighth grade Spanish. In 2012, Mr. Auerbach joined the Brandywine School District and became the Assistant Principal at Harlan Elementary School. He then moved to Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and served as Assistant Principal there for two years before being named Principal.
Mr. Auerbach has a wife and two children, both of whom attend/attended Mt. Pleasant Elementary. He is excited to have achieved his goal of becoming an elementary school principal and wants to make MPE a great place for all kids!
Mrs. Fawks, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Fawks has been in education for twenty-six years. Her teaching journey began in 1993 as a middle school teacher in Philadelphia, PA. After serving students for three years in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Fawks joined the Brandywine School District as a sixth grade teacher at P.S. duPont Elementary School. Following ten years of teaching at P.S., Mrs. Fawks moved from the classroom to administration, serving as the Dean of Students at Claymont Elementary School and then Assistant Principal at both Claymont Elementary School and Harlan Elementary School. In 2015, Mrs. Fawks joined Mount Pleasant Elementary where she serves students and their families as Assistant Principal.
Mrs. Fawks attended Millersville University in Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. In 2004, Mrs. Fawks graduated from Wilmington University with a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Casey, Dean of Students
Mr. Casey began his journey in education in 2003 when he graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master's in Elementary School Counseling. Prior to his current role as Dean of Students at MPE, he was a school counselor for five years on both the East and West sides of Wilmington and then for two years at MPE.
His passion for the work he does with kids and families began with the teachers, coaches, and counselors that helped guide him along his way. Now it comes from the smiles and hugs that he experiences from kids each day. He believes that it is our job to help kids discover and develop the strengths within themselves in a safe space where they feel willing to take risks.