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Mr. Ralph Ackerman, President

Nominating District C

ralph.ackerman@bsd.k12.de.us

 

Ralph Ackerman has been a Delaware resident since 1976 and has lived primarily in Claymont.  Mr. Ackerman has four daughters, all of whom are graduates of the District.  He served previously on the Brandywine Board of Education from 1993 to 2003, serving as both President and Vice President. He served as spokesperson for Coalition for Better Education In Brandywine, was a member of the Strategic Planning committee in 1992, was a Citizens Advisory Committee representative for Maple Lane Elementary, and chaired the Claymont Community Coalition education committee.  Mr. Ackerman received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and completed the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation from the American Institute in 1991. He currently works in Wilmington as a Vice-President.  In addition, he is in his second year as President of the Delaware School Boards Association.  Mr. Ackerman represents Nominating District C on the School Board; his term expires in June of 2027.  He serves on the DSBA Executive Committee, DSBA Legislative Committee, and the WMPH Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Shawn Jegede, Vice-President

Nominating District E

shawn.jegede@bsd.k12.de.us

Rev. Dr. Shawn Jegede is a long-time educator and community advocate, having helped design a specialized education program at the district level for DC Public Schools, managed an adult education campus, launched a girls mentoring program, and worked as a substitute teacher in multiple districts. Her experience spans across the business, nonprofit, and government sectors, and she currently serves as an ordained chaplain with Delaware Hospice. Dr. Jegede is the proud parent of two BSD students, served on the Council of Parents of Students with Disabilities, and currently serves as a volunteer at Concord High School. Her term expires in June of 2025.

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Mr. John Skrobot III

Nominating District D

john.skrobotiii@bsd.k12.de.us

John Skrobot III is a lifelong Delaware resident and a graduate of Brandywine High School.  He and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of two current BSD students.   John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Economics from the University of Delaware and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He currently works for Fannie Mae.   Mr. Skrobot has been involved in various community organizations over the years such as Creative Mentoring and Habitat for Humanity, and has coached teams for Concord Soccer and Brandywine Little League. He is also a past Vice President of the Ballymeade Maintenance Corporation.  Mr. Skrobot represents Nominating District D on the School Board; his term expires in June of 2026.  He serves on the Maintenance Advisory Committee, District Finance Committee, and WMPH Advisory Committee.

 

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Mr. Jason Heller

Nominating District G

jason.heller@bsd.k12.de.us

Jason Heller first became involved with BSD during the 2016 referendum campaign.  He is a Regional Operations Manager for the International Workplace Group - IWG. He is also an Instructor for the Inspira Health Systems EMS Academy at Rowan College of South JerseyCamden County College’s Emergency Service Training Academy and the Salem County EMS Academy. Mr. Heller previously served as President of the Springer Middle School Family Association for 6 years.  Mr. Heller has founded two local non-profits, BrandywineBOTS Robotics on a mission to increase the availability of STEM related activities to students in our area and DejaVu Safety Solutions, with a mission to prepare community organizations and youth leaders to respond effectively to sudden cardiac arrest. Mr. Heller has two children – one a BSD graduate, the other a current Brandywine High School student. He represents Nominating District G on the School Board; his term expires June 30, 2024. He serves on the Maintenance Advisory Committee.

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Rev. Shanika Dickerson

Nominating District A

shanika.dickerson@bsd.k12.de.us

 

Reverend Shanika Dickerson was elected in May 2018 to a full term after being appointed to fill the seat the prior year. She currently serves in the dual role of Executive Minister and Youth Pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, where she has been involved with youth mentoring and tutoring initiatives. She also has served on a Department of Education committee related to the Christina School District and joined the United Way in its My Very Own Library program to help students start their home libraries. Reverend Dickerson represents Nominating District A on the School Board; her term expires in June of 2027.  She serves on the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

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Ms. Kristin Pidgeon

Nominating District B

kristin.pidgeon@bsd.k12.de.us

 

Ms. Kristin Pidgeon is a lifelong resident of Brandywine Hundred and a 1992 graduate of Brandywine High School.  Her husband Tom is the Assistant Principal at Springer Middle School, and they have four children, all of whom attend schools in the Brandywine School District.   Ms. Pidgeon graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in the Family Studies Program and earned a Master's degree from Wilmington University in Public Administration.  She is a realtor with Long and Foster Real Estate in Greenville, Delaware. Through her work as a real estate agent, she spends time in every neighborhood in our community listening to families discuss their ideas and needs for our schools.  As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, she has a unique understanding of how a positive educational environment can make the difference between success and failure for students with special needs.  Ms. Pidgeon represents Nominating District B on the School Board; her term expires in June of 2025.  She serves on the Parent Council for Students with Disabilities.

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Ms. Kimberly Stock

Nominating District F

Kimberly.Stock@bsd.k12.de.us

Kimberly Stock and her husband have been BSD parents since 2006 when their oldest daughter received gifted services; their youngest daughter is currently attending Brandywine High School. She was the Education Manager for the Claymont Community Center, where she initiated and helped secure partnerships to begin an adult GED and diploma program, doubling the adult ESL program. She is an English and English Language Learner teacher at McKean HS in the Red Clay School District and the 2021 Delaware Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stock represents Nominating District F on the School Board; her term expires June 30, 2026. She serves on the Parent & Citizen Advisory Committee.