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New school leaders at Conger, Willis ready for action in 2013-14

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Delaware schools may be on summer break, but the district has been anything but dormant -- at least when it comes to staff changes.

Several district leaders are settling into new roles as they prepare for the 2013-14 school year.

Josh Page, former assistant principal at Willis Intermediate School, has been named principal at Conger Elementary School, replacing Jon Way.

Page will be replaced by Travis Woodworth, formerly an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Dempsey Middle School.

Page came to Willis in 2008 and taught sixth-grade math and science until he was promoted to assistant principal in 2012 after receiving his master's degree in school administration.

"This is bittersweet for me," he said. "My first job out of college was at Willis and (Principal) Heidi Kegley mentored me into administration. It's time for me to move on, but it's tough to leave what you are comfortable with."

Page said he has always wanted to be in administration, as he enjoys working with staff, community members and students as a group.

"I always saw myself doing this, but I just never thought it would happen this quickly," he said. "I was fortunate to be offered these administrative positions as they came up."

Page said working with younger kids will be new for him, but he believes teaching students requires the same key components, whether they're in high school or elementary school.

He added he is ready for the challenges that await him, especially during an exciting time for the district with building renovations looming.

"I'm excited to be a part of this district," Page said. "This is the first experience kids have with school, starting with kindergarten, and I'm looking forward to setting the tone for them as they continue to go through all of the Delaware schools."

Woodworth taught in the Port Clinton school district for five years before arriving at Dempsey Middle School in 2010.

He said he is excited for his new position and has a love and passion for the Delaware City School District.

"I have a desire to stay here and be here," he said. "Even though Delaware has grown quite a bit, it still has that small-town feel that I love."

There are some uncertainties that lie in wait for him as Willis is transformed into an administrative and community building over the next few years.

"I realize I'm taking a position that may mean transitioning to a new position in a few years," Woodworth said. "We've discussed some of the different possibilities and I'm not sure what will happen right now."

Regardless, he said he is ready to focus on the new Common Core standards, reading and writing workshops and co-teaching opportunities.

Woodworth said he wants to maximize the benefits of the regular teachers and the special-needs instructors in the classrooms.

"We want to collaborate better between all the instructors in order to achieve our goals," he said.

Woodworth also said he looks forward to working with Kegley, as she has a good reputation in the district.

"Heidi is really into working as a team and I'm excited about following her suggestions and getting things accomplished," he said.

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