State Leadership Team

Caitlyn Thomas, President

~Smyrna High School

Tyler Keeler, Vice-President of Public & Community Relations

~Laurel Senior High School

Jake Ogbin, Vice-President of Finance & Membership

~Middletown High School

Michael C. Hill-Shaner

~Delaware Educators Rising Advisor

~Delaware Teacher Academy Foundation Executive Director

Years with the Program:  24

Favorite Quote:  "There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."

- Sister Mary Rose McGeady


My “why” for teaching:  Since I was younger, I wanted to work in the field of education.  I had a  desire to inspire others, advocate for the "underdog," and made a difference in the world.  My "why" is to provide others with the opportunity to change the future as I have been given and to provide life changing moments.


Favorite EdRising Moment: In my 24 years, I have had so many many wonderful memories and opportunities, I could not possibly pick one.


Contact:  mshaner@delawareedrising.org