Della Mae Willette Thomas, formerly of Wales, has been appointed as director for the Delaware School for the Deaf and Statewide Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and the Delaware Program for Deaf-Blind Students. The appointment was the result of a national search effort.

Thomas is a 1988 graduate of Oak Hill High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and a master’s degree in deaf education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Northern Arizona University.

She has served as the coordinator of disability resources at Coconino Community College in Arizona, as North Central assistant regional director for the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind and as principal at the Texas School for the Deaf. Her teaching experience includes serving as an itinerant teacher for the Arizona schools for the Deaf and Blind, a high school American Sign Language and English teacher and serving as an adjunct faculty member at the university level.

She is the daughter of William and Joan Willette, lifelong residents of Wales. She resides in Middletown, Del. with her husband Jeff, daughter Analise, son Benjamin and family pets, Aspen and Lewiston.

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