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Whittle Named Antilles High School Principal

For Immediate Release — July 16, 2013 | Antilles HS
: DDESS Public Affairs | (678) 364-8044

Dr. Thomas Whittle

Dr. Thomas Whittle

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — July 16, 2013 — Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss, Interim Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-Cuba, announced today that Dr. Thomas Whittle has been named principal of Antilles High School, at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, in the New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico District.

Originally from Mecklenburg, Va., Dr. Whittle most recently served as a mentoring principal, a position he held at eight high schools within the Washington, D.C. public school system, including a stint from 2006-2009. From 2010 to 2012 he was principal of H.D. Woodson High School, Washington D.C. He got his start in education as a teacher at Nottoway High School, in Nottoway, Va.

"Dr. Thomas Whittle has a combination of school leadership, classroom experience and a military career that is successful as well as unique," said Mr. Michael Gould, New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico District Superintendent. "His experience and skill set are a strong match with the plans and goals for Antilles High School.  

"Dr. Whittle earned a Bachelor's of Arts Degree, in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., and a Master's Degree in Education, from Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., certification in Administration and Supervision, also from Virginia State; a Master's Degree in Divinity from Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Va., and a Doctorate in Education and Administration from Virginia State. He retired in 1992 from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major following 26 years of service.