The SHAPE American Elementary School Administrators are Dr. Bernadette Schlueter, Principal, and, Ms. Monica Harvey Assistant Principal. They are the schools instructional leaders and are responsible for the administration of all DoDEA policies and regulations.
I am thrilled to serve you as the new principal of Shape Elementary School! I believe in students first, whatever it takes. I am looking forward to a rewarding year of learning and growing with our students and partnering with the staff members, the parents and the community to provide the best possible experience at our school.
I have over 18 years of experience in education. My education career began at JE Mondejar Computer College in the Philippines where I started as a college instructor, became the College Administrator and took the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. I joined DoDEA in 2006 as a 5the grade teacher at Joan K. Mendel ES in Yokota Air Base, Japan and taught 3rd and 4thegrade at Seoul American Elementary School in Seoul, Korea. I was the assistant principal of CDR William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School in DDESS Guam where I led the school to the highest AdvancED external review scores in the district. I was the 2012 Korea District Teacher of the Year as well as a 2010 awardee of the Scroll of Appreciation from US Forces Korea General Walter Sharp.
As a teacher, I sponsored various clubs such as robotics, running, yearbook and news networks as well as organized math fairs, learnabrations and talent shows. I held many leadership positions in education. I was a teacher representative at school advisory councils, the past president of the international professional association of education Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Tokyo Chapter 1530 and Seoul Chapter 1423, a member of the Technical Working Group of the 21stCentury Teaching, Learning and Leading, and a member of the Administrators Advisory Group with Deputy Director Dr. Adrian Talley.
My first degree was in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. I earned my Master of Business Administration from The Philippine Women's University, and my Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. I received my Doctor of Education in Educational Management from The Philippine Women's University.
Shape Elementary School has many things to be proud of. I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer and getting ready for another exciting and rewarding year. I look forward to seeing you in August!
Monica M. J. Harvey is beginning her 3rd year at SHAPE American Elementary School as Assistant Principal; she started her journey at SHAPE in August, 2011. Prior to Ms. Harvey's arrival at SHAPE Elementary School, she resided in the Kaiserslautern District from 2003-2009, as Principal, Sembach Elementary School. Other administrative duties include her position as Assistant Principal at Argonner Elementary School from 1999-2003, Hessen/Heidelberg District. Ms. Harvey began her overseas career in 1989 as a Special Education Teacher at Gelnhausen Elementary School in Hanau, Germany. Within the Hanau area, Ms. Harvey taught at Buedingen Elementary School and Babenhausen Elementary School; where she also served as Case Study Committee Chairperson. This year marks her 25th year with DoDEA; DoDDS and DDESS.
Ms. Harvey holds the following degrees: Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration from National Louis University and Bachelor of Science in Special Education; concentrated area: Moderate-Severe to Profound from Alabama A& M University; Adult Learning Certifications of Education from Portland University and University of Maryland.
From 2009-2011, Ms. Harvey left her administrative position and returned to the classroom as a PSCD teacher/Case Study Chairperson at Barkley Elementary School; Ft. Campbell, KY; to fulfill her parenting obligations/responsibilities to her one and only child; daughter, Shondrika JaBrae'. She states, with a smile, “When my role of parenthood calls, everything else is put on hold”. She is family oriented and family is #1 in her life. Her immediate family consists of her mother, 1 sister and 1 brother; father, deceased. In addition to Ms. Harvey's professional interests, her hobbies include: traveling, meeting people, reading, writing, music, relaxing and having fun!
Prior to relocating overseas and joining the DoDEA family, Ms. Harvey taught in the public school systems for a total of 6 years: California (1 year) at Seaside High School; and Alabama (5 years) at Beauregard High School, Sanford Middle School and Darden Elementary School. Her teaching areas consist of PSCD, Pre-School, Kindergarten and Grades K-12 (SPED). Her teaching experiences also include working at a rehabilitation/achievement center for the severe to profound children and adults; ages 6 months to 21 years old.
Ms. Harvey believes in providing quality educational programs for all students. She believes in enriching the lives of her students, encouraging them to be the best that they can be and leaving a positive impact on them all.
Ms. Harvey strives to meet the DoDEA's goals, mission and vision, as well as the school's, by producing an environment which is conducive to learning. She practices open/positive communication; builds collaborative relationships with her superiors, teachers, students, parents and staff members. She looks forward to continuing her educational journey at SHAPE American Elementary School as she leaves “footprints” in the lives of those she touches!
It is indeed an honor for me, as the Assistant Principal of SHAPE American Elementary School (SAES), to welcome you to School Year 2013-2014. I am so excited to see our students back from summer break, both returning students and new students! Families, I welcome you! It is even more exciting to see how much learning has already taken place during this first quarter of school; so many exciting activities and projects going on and so much more to look forward to! Parents, you play a vital part of our students' success; we invite you in; we welcome you to take an active role in your child's education…visit the classrooms, volunteer, serve on a committee; wherever and whatever you feel your expertise, we accept them. However, there are procedures, policies and guidelines for volunteering and working in the classrooms. Come by the school and our friendly office staff will discuss with you the process of completing a volunteer packet and the process.
SAES is such a unique school with such wonderful international families. SAES is comprised of exceptional teaching staff, support staff, specialists, administrative staff and other resources, all pulling together making our school an ironic institution of high expectations and standards resulting in highest student achievement. Throughout my years here, it is evident that SAES has provided exemplary educational programs for all of our students. Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students through, not only their classroom instructions and management; but, also via a variety of resources, community and military support, interventions, modifications, study trips and etc., making us the melting pot which we are. No wonder our school was selected as one of DoDEA's Blue Ribbons' Schools! Each staff member takes an active part in our Continuous School Improvement (CSI); and we, as a school, value your input in this process; feel free to be a part of our CSI team. Remember, when school and home work together, great things happen…building partnership!
I encourage you to visit our website as well as our school; there is a treasure of valuable information provided there. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Remember, without your support we will not be able to reach our full potential as a school. So, please get involved and stay involved. Talk with your children about their school experiences and schoolwork; build a positive relationship with your child's teachers, contact us to give us your thoughts and ideas.
Again, welcome to School Year 2013-2014 here at SHAPE American Elementary School!
Monica M. J. Harvey, Assistant Principal
APO, AE 09705-1420
It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.