For Immediate Release — July 16, 2014 | New York/Virginia
Cindy Gibson: DDESS Public Affairs Officer | 678-364-8044
July 16, 2014 — Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss, Interim Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementaryand Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-Cuba,announced today that Mr. Kenneth Kirk has been promoted to principal of Ramey School, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, in the New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico (NY/VA/PR) District.
Mr. Kirk had served as the assistant principal at Ramey School since 2012, and fills the vacancy created when Dr. Donato Cuadrado was named Assistant Superintendent of the NY/VA/PR District . Prior to coming to DoDEA as a school counselor aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico schools, he briefly served as an assistant principal in North Carolina.
"I could not be more pleased with the selection of Mr. Ken Kirk as the principal of Ramey School. Mr. Kirk brings a sincere level of caring as well as expertise in school improvement which will build on the positive work completed during Dr.Cuadrado's tenure," said New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico District Superintendent Michael Gould. "Mr. Kirk will also provide a continued level of efficiency and effectiveness in the management of the school, which is so critical in a remote location."
After earning a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Education from the University of Kentucky in 1997, Mr. Kirk joined the AmeriCorps. He was placed with Boys Hope/Girls Hope (BHGH), a non-profit focused on educating at-risk youth and breaking the cycle of poverty. Mr. Kirk remained with BHGH for several years serving as a live-in residential counselor and helping raise inner-city youth in Detroit, Mich., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Kirk left BHGH in 2001 and earned a Master's and a Specialist's degree in School Psychology from Winthrop University in 2004. He practiced school psychology in Phoenix, Az., and Raleigh, N.C. While in Raleigh, Mr. Kirk earned a Master's degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University in 2011. Mr. Kirk and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters.