Sussex Academy Welcomes New Special Education Coordinator/Autism Specialist


(Georgetown, DE)- Sussex Academy announces that Alyson Silva has joined the Sussex Academy team as the new Special Education Coordinator and Autism Specialist. Silva is a native New Yorker whose philosophy is that “You Must Reach A Student Before You Can Teach A Student”. This simple statement drives her everyday dedication in teaching, servicing, and advocating for students with disabilities. She believes in building a strong collaborative bond between families, educators, administration, and community to improve the overall student success and experience.

A former special education teacher, coordinator, autism specialist, and trainer for the Indian River School District, she holds a Masters in Special Education from Wilmington University, Autism Certification from Wilmington University, Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology, and an Associate Degree from SUNY Orange in Applied Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Silva promoted professional development for staff, students, and families to spread awareness and acceptance with autism and special education disabilities.

She is a mother of two amazing children, Josh 16 who is a junior at Sussex Tech and Gabriella 12 who will join her this year at Sussex Academy. She believes that every child be afforded the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve success in a safe learning environment with educators that value student’s individual needs while fostering and scaffolding upon the foundation needed to reach their personal educational goals. She is excited about the 2020-2021 school year and supporting Sussex Academy’s administration, staff, students, families, and community in strengthening positive collaborative partnerships in our charter.

Sussex Academy is a public charter, tuition free, school serving grades K-12. The school has an elementary and secondary campus, both centrally located in Georgetown. For additional information email