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Gloria Ho was appointed DSEA's NEA Director on October 24, 2022. She is a school social worker at Milton Elementary School in Cape Henlopen School District, DSEA Executive Board Member for Sussex County, and Chair of DSEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee. In this new role, she looks forward to addressing structural issues impacting student success and advocating for policy changes at the national level. She believes that if we truly want to advocate for our students and families, educators need to be in positions that affect change.
As a school social worker, she works to build strong school, home, and community collaborations to achieve student success. She believes it is important to understand how trauma, poverty, and mental health issues impact student learning. As a licensed clinical social worker, she provides support to students and families using a trauma-informed, equity-centered, and culturally responsive lens.
Gloria used her passion and ability to help organize the state’s first school social workers organization, the School Social Workers Association of Delaware (SSWADE) and served as past co-president. SSWADE was instrumental in advocating for mental health legislation such as HB100 and HB300. Gloria was also involved with the legislative workgroup which crafted and advocated for HCR 88 - encouraging the General Assembly to prioritize funding for social-emotional learning in schools.
Gloria gives her time to various committees and organizations. She is the Regional Director for the NEA Asian Pacific Islander Caucus where she advocates on issues affecting Asian American students and staff, is a community member of Caesar Rodney's Strategic Planning Committee and their Equity and Diversity Committee, and Cape Henlopen’s Community Minority Liaison Committee. She is a contributing writer to the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Black Voices Magazine, is an ambassador with the Food Bank of DE, and a board member of the Harry K Foundation.
One of Gloria's proudest moments was last year when she represented her fellow educators during one of the toughest times in her 24-year school career, educating students during the pandemic. NEA President Becky Pringle visited her school and Gloria was able to share the wonderful things about being an educator at Milton as well as the adversities our children and teachers are facing right now. Subsequently, NEA Today Magazine followed up to write a story highlighting the plight and advocating for President Biden’s American Rescue Act Funding - https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/school-counselors....
Gloria is the proud daughter of first-generation Chinese immigrants. Her parents helped shape who she is today as an educator, school social worker, and person. Education was a pathway to a better future and her parents made sure she was afforded the opportunities they didn’t have. Her upbringing influences her passion to advocate for disadvantaged and marginalized students and families. Gloria lives in the Caesar Rodney School District with her husband and two daughters; one is a Freshman at Caesar Rodney High School and the other is a Junior at the University of Maryland College Park.