KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany | May 30, 2014
Sarah Loomis, an educational technologist at Kaiserslautern Elementary School, was announced as DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year.
Loomis was surprised by the announcement at a faculty meeting by DoDEA Director Thomas Brady, who was visiting the Kaiserslautern Military School Community.
"You are only as good as the teachers you learn from, " said the visibly excited Loomis. "I can not be more proud to represent Kaiserslautern."
She has taught in the Kaiserslautern District her entire DoDDS-Europe tenure. She taught 7th grade math and was the educational technologist at Bitburg Middle School from 2004 to 2007. She transitioned to KMC in 2007 and has been the ET at all three Kaiserslautern schools.
“Congratulations to Sarah Loomis, it is an incredible honor to be selected as the DoDEA Teacher of the Year and is a testament to her professionalism and dedication to our students.” said Dr. Nancy Bresell, DoDDS-Europe Director. “We are extremely proud to have her on our team.”
As DoDEA moves forward in the 21st Century teaching and learning environment, Loomis is one of the teachers that will be leading the way, said Dr. Dell McMullen, Kaiserslautern District Superintendent.
“Sarah is an outstanding educator and models our expectations for collaboration in our 21st Century Schools,”said Dr. McMullen. “She is a representative now not only for the Kaiserslautern District, but for DoDEA. She understands that the teacher's role is to prepare students for the world beyond the classroom, and she knows that bringing the technology into the classroom is critical to making that happen.”
For those who work closely with her daily, Loomis is at home in the classroom.
“Sarah was born to teach,” said Marion Sutton, Kaiserslautern Elementary School principal. “She is constantly challenging herself and others by being a role model of what 21st Century teaching and learning are all about. As the DoDEA teacher of the Year, I am certain her visionary leadership will be transformational for DoDEA teachers.”
The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and promotes excellence in education. Teachers may be nominated by a peer, administrator, parent, student, or community member. Nominees complete an application packet and submit it to a selection panel at their district office where one applicant is chosen as the District Teacher of the Year. A second panel assembled at DoDEA Headquarters then selects the DoDEA Teacher of the Year from the candidates submitted from each district.
The DoDEA Teacher of the Year competes for the title of National Teacher of the Year. In the coming months, Loomis will compete against teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, DoDEA, and four U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.