Dr. Liz Dunham was raised in Onawa, Iowa, and she has been involved in education throughout her entire life. She taught junior high school and senior high school for ten years in Iowa and Washington State before joining DoDDS in 1987. At that time, she was hired as a staff developer, and for the next 11 years, she worked with K-12 teachers and administrators on school improvement and effective teaching practices. Throughout her work as a staff developer, she also taught graduate courses for Seattle Pacific University, the Cambridge Institute of Education in Cambridge, England, and the University of Maryland. She spent one year as the School Improvement Liaison for the UK District before becoming an Assistant Principal at Lakenheath Middle School in England. After two years, Dr. Dunham was promoted to Principal at Darmstadt Middle School, where she served for seven years. She was the principal of Landstuhl ES/MS for school year 2007/2008. Dr. Dunham became the Assistant Superintendent for the Kaiserslautern District in August, 2008 where she served until her promotion as the Superintendent of the Bavaria District in November, 2012.
Dr. Dunham earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa. She completed her M.Ed. at Seattle Pacific University. In 1995, she earned her Ph.D. from the Cambridge Institute of Education in Cambridge, England. Dr. Dunham was the first American to earn the degree in this British program that was a joint venture between Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia.
Dr. Dunham has earned several honors and distinctions. She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa. She served as the president of UK ASCD, an educational organization for six years. She has made presentations at several national conferences, including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference as well as the National Middle School Conference in 2006 in Nashville. Her publications include an article “Why Zeros Should Not Be Permitted!” in Principal magazine and “Inferences: Valid and Valued” in Modern Educational Measurement, Practical Guidelines for Educational Leaders, 3rd Edition, 2000, by Dr. James Popham. As a result of her outstanding leadership skills, Dr. Dunham was recognized as the National Distinguished Principal for 2006 for the Department of Defense Education Activity. This award, sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, recognizes principals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence; high standards and expectations for students and staff; and evidence of support by colleagues, parents, and community.
Dr. Dunham is known for her enthusiasm and high-energy approach to leadership and the education of students. She has an open door policy and encourages involvement and open communication in every aspect of school. She enjoys travel, reading, sports, and students of all ages.
Assistant Superintendent: Doug McEnery
Douglas McEnery grew up following his father and his military career. He attended DoD and civilian schools across the US and abroad. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in English Education in 1972.While working as a teacher, he earned a Masters of Education in Counseling at the University of Kansas in 1976. Since that time, he has earned additional certifications in administration with graduate work in administration, supervision, and curriculum.
He was the Principal at Aviano Middle High School from 1999 to 2006 and was selected as the Principal of the Year for all of DoDEA in 2005 for his outstanding work there.
Mr. McEnery comes to Bavaria after a brief time at Bahrain MHS.During his tenure he assisted in the transition to a separate school and successfully guided the school through both an AdvancED external review and an International Baccalaureate compliance review.
He spent five years serving at Rota MHS in Spain. During this time, he helped start the humanitarian ASPIRE program that has brought thousands of dollars worth of educational supplies, toys, and medical supplies to schools, hospitals, and orphanages throughout Morocco. Rota High School just completed the rigorous AdvancED/NCA Quality Assessment Review and earned top honors in Vision and Mission, Governance and Leadership, as well as in Teaching and Learning.
During his seven years as principal of Aviano Middle/High School, he changed the schedule, created professional learning teams, oversaw the construction of a new school, and was a presenter at the National Middle School Conference, Orlando, FL, and at the National High Superintendents Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
After two years as the Assistant Principal at Vilseck High, Germany, he was promoted to be the Principal at Yokota Middle/High School, Japan.There he co-led the Japan District initiative to re-write all teacher performance standards. He served as the President of the Kanto Plains Association of Secondary Schools for two years.
He was promoted to be the Assistant Principal for Berlin American High School in 1990.There, he was involved as an external evaluator of the International JFK School, helped create the Renaissance Program, and wrote a grant that funded a German language immersion program.
Mr. McEnery started his DoDDS career in 1980 at Hahn High School in Germany as a counselor and soccer coach, during which time the school earned the Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. He was the BeNeNor (Belgium/Netherlands/North Germany) Soccer Coach of the Year in 1987, the PTSA Outstanding Educator in 1988 and was promoted to be the Education Program Manager (AP) at Hahn MHS in 1989.
Mr. McEnery has a wife, who is an artist, and two sons who both graduated from the DoDDS system and both are university graduates.