Esthelda was born in Milford and raised in Lewes and Milton. She attended elementary school, grades 1-6 in Milton School #196-C in a time of segregation and segregated schools. She received her BA in Sociology at Delaware State College/University with a minor in Education and completed her Master of Education Instruction at the University of Delaware.
Esthelda has taught in the Cape Henlopen School District and served as an administrator for grades K-12. She has served as an Administrative Intern in Shields Elementary, as Assistant Principal, and as Principal at Rehoboth Elementary School, Cape Henlopen High School, and Booker T. Washington Elementary School in the Capital School District. She served as an Adjunct Professor at Delaware State University for several years. Prior to retiring with thirty-four years of experience in education, Esthelda served as a District level Administrator in the Departments of Human Resources and Community Services, Mentoring, and School Climate Issues in the Cape Henlopen School District.
After retirement, she continued to serve in higher education, by becoming the Director of Student Teaching for Delaware State University on the Dover Campus and later Director of their Georgetown Campus site. She has also served as a Student Teacher Adviser for Wilmington University.
Esthelda has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations such as the Delaware State University Board of Trustees, serving as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee, the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Sussex County Alumni Association of DSU, Delaware Retired School Personnel Association Board, Milton Historical Society Board, DE Historic Preservation Board, and many more.
She also served as President of the Cape Henlopen School Board, AARP Local Advisory Committee, Beebe Medical Center Board (16 years), Delmarva Peninsula Red Cross Board of Directors chairing the Member Recognition Committee, Delaware Historical Society Board, Member of the Littleton and Jane Mitchell African American Museum committee. Milton Theatre Advisory Board and Delaware Technical and Community College Developmental Council.
She has served on the state’s Diversity Recruitment Committee, the Kent and Sussex Symphony Committee, Delaware Law Education Committee, member of the Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development, Delaware Administrator Standards Committee, and the Higher Education Commission. She was also a Councilwoman and later the Vice Mayor of the Town of Milton.
Estelda is the proud mother of two sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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