“Cape Proud” of Mariner math teacher Katie Tingle

Kate TingleKatie Tingle, CHSD graduate, class of 1997 is an amazing example of a Cape graduate and outstanding Cape teacher.

Katie grew up in a four-sibling “sports” family.   Her father still umpires for Rehoboth Little League and holds golfing records at University of Delaware.

When Katie was in high school, her drive and determination kept her laser focused on two things: academic success and athletic success.  Unlike many teenagers, Katie left little time for anything else but studying and sports.  She played three sports throughout high school: volleyball, basketball and softball. In fact, Katie was so good at all three sports, she made the all-state 1st basketball team, the all-state 2nd softball team and the all-state 3rd volleyball team her senior year.

With Katie’s strong academics and her athletic ability, she had her pick of colleges.  She was heavily recruited by University of North Carolina, Greensboro and opted to attend there accepting a rare Division 1 scholarship for basketball.

During her tenure at UNC, Greensboro, Katie majored in fitness leadership with the thought that she would pursue a career in corporate fitness coaching; but after an elective where she helped special need students; Katie realized she loved kids and teaching.

She graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2001, and decided she wanted to earn her Masters Degree in education. Katie pursued her degree at Wilmington University and was able to student teach at Mariner Middle School under Kay Coppmore, who ironically also mentored Katie’s husband as a student teacher.

In fact, Katie’s husband, Dwight was Kay’s first student teacher and Katie was her last one.

Upon completing student teaching, Katie was hired as a math teacher at Mariner; she also coached Girls’ High School Basketball during the first years of her tenure at Cape.

When she had her son, Jameson, she gave coaching a break in order to focus on her growing family. Jameson is currently in the third grade at Shields.  She also has two stepchildren to with husband Dwight; Malia, who attends Little Vikings and teenage stepson D.J.

Although her family life keeps her busy, Katie decided to jump back into coaching again this year as an Assistant Coach for the Mariner Girls’ Basketball team.

Of coaching, Katie relays, “I love seeing the girls grow and succeed, as we close the 2017 season, I am so proud of their progress.”

For Katie, Cape feels like home.  Her entire family remains in the area, and frequently come watch her son Jameson play sports, just like his mother!

Katie sets the standard for success at Cape; she was a model student during her time at Cape which armed her with the skills to succeed in sports, academics and life.  For this, we as a community are “Cape Proud” of Katie Tingle.

Please visit our Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation (CHEF) website at www.chef-cape.org to learn more about CHEF’s educational partnership with the Cape school district.  We invite the entire community to help us achieve our mission of preparing students for a healthy, productive life in a diverse global community.

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