School Nurse of the Year

The Delaware School Nurse Association (DSNA) accepts nominations by January 31st. The winner is notified in May.

Download the 2018 application.

Download the award overview.

Friends of School Nurses

Nominations Due March 1st of each year.

Download the nomination Form.

Every March, DSNA seek nominees for the Friends of School Nurses Awards. Recipients of this award are persons, agencies, etc. that have partnered with the Delaware school nurses:

  • to improve the health and educational success of children and youth in the state of Delaware
  • to advance the practice of school nursing in Delaware
  • to promote student success through the advancement of school health services in Delaware schools
  • to promote school nurses as leading experts in the school community regarding school health issues

Previous Award Recipients

School Nurse of the Year Honorees

Every year since 1985 the Delaware School Nurse Association has chosen a School Nurse of the Year (SNOY).  The following is a list of the Delaware SNOY.

2018:  Elizabeth Light, Indian River School District

2017: Jan Marcin, Red Clay School District

2016: Chriss Zimmerman, Christ the Teacher School

2015: Megan Fioravanti, Red Clay School District

2014: Karen Kleinschmidt, Christina School District 

2012: Susan Hoffmann, Caesar Rodney School District

2011: Loretta Newsom, Appoquinimink School District

2010: Pat Guilday. Brandywine School District

2009: Jane Boyd, Indian River School District

2008: Anne Biddle, Newark Charter School

2007: Rebecca King, Red Clay Consolidated School District

2006: Denise Crowley, Brandywine School District

2005: Maryann Cavanaugh, Red Clay Consolidated School District

2004: Nancy Nadel, Red Clay Consolidated School District

2003: Barbara Stapen, Colonial School District

2002: Yvonne Tetreault, Christina School District

2001: Mary Lou Dishop, Red Clay Consolidated School District

2000: Gail Short, Woodbridge School District

1999: Madalyn Schultz, Tower Hill School

1998: Susan Shank, Milford School District

1997: Susan Leininger, Colonial School District

1996: Beth Mattey, Brandywine School District

1995: Rosanne Brandau, Christina School District

1994: Judy Zahnow, Red Clay Consolidated School District

1993: Jane Baker, Indian River School District

1992: Ann Lawson, Capital School District

1991: Edith Vincent, Department of Public Instruction

1990: Katherine Gordy, Sussex Vo-Tech School District

1989: Libby Thomas, Christiana School District

1988: Mary Pufnock, Capital School District

1987: Pat Nemith, Caesar Rodney School District

1986: Janet Cottone, Christiana School District

1985: Earlene Gillian-Smith, Christiana School District

Friends of School Nurses



Barbara Blair from the Epilepsy Foundations for her many years of advocacy for children with Epilepsy . Also, Barbara has presented the condition of Epilepsy at the new school nurse certification classes as well as, her annual state-wide Epilepsy updates to school nurses.



Nemours Health in recognition of their outreach and partnership with school nurses through NemoursLink. Claudia Kane and Dr. Agida Atkinson received the awards on behalf of the Nemours organization.



1. Kristen Bennett, RN, MSN Public Health Nursing Director, Division of Public Health. Ms Bennett has developed a partnership with DSNA to facilitate the many supports offered by Public Health, such as the immunization and TB clinics.

2. Suzanne Hamel, Department of Education, e-School Support. Ms. Hamel has provided leadership in the development and training of e-school, the statewide health data base for Delaware public schools.



1. Lt. Governor Matt Denn Long time friend of school nurses and advocate for the children and families in Delaware. He First served as Insurance Commissioner and during time personally took on the cases of hundreds of Delawareans being unfairly treated by their insurance companies. Most importantly for our children he introduced legislation allowing parents to purchase comprehensive health coverage from the state’s CHIP program to make coverage for kids available at an affordable price.

2. Laura Gannon, Trainer/Educator Immunization Program, Division of Public Health. Ms. Gannon has partnered with the Delaware school nurses and has enabled school nurses to be the vaccine gate-keeper, promoter and educator for students and families. Ms. Gannon has helped develop and facilitate the vac attack program, the immunization data collection and surveillance program this is now embedded in the state-wide school health software, e-school.



1. The Delaware Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs Large donations of funds to purchase vision testing equipment to school nurses statewide


1. Sen. Thomas Carper The Senator has always come or sent a representative to our annual School Nurse of the Year dinner. Outstanding efforts on issues related to children's health include childhood obesity advocacy, sponsorship of the Menu Education and Labeling (MEAL) Act and the Labeling Education and Nutrition (LEAN) Act. A quote from Senator Carper states: "Obesity is a growing problem in our nation where more than one in three Americans are overweight. With our busy lifestyles and more Americans eating out, diners need easy access to nutritional information. Our menu labeling compromise is a common-sense solution that provides consumers with the tools and resources they need to make healthier decisions when eating out.”

2. John Carney – Lt. Gov Fitness Challenge, promoting physical activity for youth.

3. Monica Adduci, Deputy Director within the Public Health Division of Sanofi Pasteur pharmaceuticals (a manufacturer of immunizations). Monica has served on the DE Immunization Coalition where many work together to promote immunizations and find creative ways to educate families. Monica and her company have been long-time sponsors of DSNA events/educational seminars including dinners, lunches, speakers, etc.



1. Sen. Bethany Hall-Long A nurse!, Cancer Task force, and UD professor who regularly supports school nurses and has appeared as a guest speaker at DSNA events.

2. Liz Harrod Editor of the Wilmington News Journal’s DE MOMS supplement where school nurses write a monthly column. She has been instrumental in promoting DSNA and school nurses in the media.



1. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner Children's health, supporting our efforts on childhood obesity; we dedicated a DSNA conference to this and she attended, anti-smoking legislation, work with cancer.

2. Sec. Valerie Woodruff Wellness centers in high schools