The State of Education in Delaware and the Digital Divide’s Impact on Students

Date: July 23, 2020

Speaker: Kendall Massett, Executive Director, Delaware Charter School Network

Topic: The impact of COVID-19 and the Digital Divide

About Kendall Massett

Kendall Massett Education DelawareKendall Massett is the executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, a statewide nonprofit organization supporting 23 charter schools that provide independent, tuition-free public education to over 16,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Prior to her work as an education advocate, Massett served as Director of Business for At Your Service Hospitality Management from 1998 to 2011. At Your Service provided interim managers to fill open management spots in hotels and restaurants across the country and abroad. During her tenure,

she filled in positions ranging from Banquet Manager to Food & Beverage Director to Hotel General Manager. She also served as a facilitator of service training for Public Storage and Best Western Hotels across the United States and Canada.

Before At Your Service, Massett worked at independent and corporate hotels and restaurants in North Carolina and Maryland. She started her career in hospitality while at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management in hopes of one day owning and operating a luxury hotel. While that dream changed during her career in hospitality, she never lost her love of service and the beliefs that she gained while working in the industry.

Massett’s role as an advocate is a direct result of her time as a 2010 Fellow of Leadership Delaware, Inc. (LDI). The mission of LDI is to recruit outstanding young Delawareans and prepare them with the knowledge, vision, integrity, and networks to significantly impact and transform their communities, and to excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership within the First State. During her fellowship, two speakers deeply inspired her—Command Master Chief Charles Baldwin and William Manning. Both spoke to the group about leadership and education in the First State. Massett knew that was where she wanted to give back to her community in Delaware and, since 2012, she has been able to do so.

Massett also holds a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Management from the University of Maryland University College. In her role as the Chair of the State Leaders Council, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Locally, she serves on the board for Christ Church Episcopal Preschool, where her children attended. Along with her husband Kelly and their two sons, Massett is an active member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred, where Massett was baptized at the age of 40. The Massetts live in Wilmington, DE with their dog, Bayley.

Delaware Charter Schools

New Castle County

Academia Antonia Alonso – K-5

Las Americas ASPIRA Academy – K – 9 (expanding through 12th grade over the next four school years)

Charter School of New Castle – K – 8

The Charter School of Wilmington – 9 – 12

Delaware Military Academy – 9 – 12

EastSide Charter School – K – 8

First State Montessori Academy – K – 8

Freire Charter School of Wilmington – 8 – 12

Gateway Lab School – 3 – 8

Great Oaks Charter School – 6 – 11 (adding 12th the in the 21/22 school year)

Kuumba Academy Charter School – K – 8

MOT Charter School – K – 12

Newark Charter School – K – 12

Odyssey Charter School – K – 12

Thomas A. Edison Charter School – K – 8

Kent County

Academy of Dover – K – 6

Campus Community Charter School – K – 8

Early College High School @ Delaware State University

First State Military Academy – 9 – 12

Positive Outcomes Charter School – 7 – 12

Providence Creek Academy – K – 8

Sussex County

Sussex Academy – K – 12

Sussex Montessori Public Charter School – K – 3 (expanding through 6th grade over the next 3 years)

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