Sandy Zigler became the Principal of Vogelweh Elementary School (VES) in August 2010 when she transferred from Ft. Campbell Schools where she served as Principal at Lincoln Elementary.
Mrs. Zigler received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She completed additional administration coursework at National University in Sacramento, California.
Mrs. Zigler taught in several California schools in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.She served as regular classroom teacher, Bi-lingual teacher and a Reading Specialist for Beaumont Unified Schools. She was honored to serve as a Mentor teacher training first year teachers. After leaving the classroom in 1990, she began her administrative career as a Counseling Dean and then as Assistant Principal at Lower Lake High School in Lower Lake, California.Mrs. Zigler and her family left California in 1995 when she became a principal for the Lyon County School District in Lyon County, Nevada. She served at Silver Springs Middle School, Silver Springs Elementary School and Yerington High School. In 2001, Mrs. Zigler moves to Kentucky as she accepted the job as principal at Fordsville Elementary School in Ohio County, Kentucky.
In 2003, Mrs. Zigler joined Department of Defense Schools at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky serving as an administrator at both Jackson and Lincoln Elementary Schools. While at Lincoln and at Vogelweh Mrs. Zigler led the school through the accreditation process, and she is proud of the powerful practice ratings in Governance and Leadership and Stakeholders and Community both schools received. She actively promotes life-long learning and building a work environment where staff members are able to share and learn with colleagues. She believes in empowering teachers and students to reaching their full potential in a safe, positive and supportive school environment.
Mrs. Zigler, formerly Meacham, was the widow of a proud Viet Nam vet who lost his twenty-five year battle of the effects of Agent Orange.Recently, she met and married David Zigler and he joined her in Germany. Together they have five children and fifteen grandchildren.Sandy's daughter, Caitlyn is married to a U.S. Army Major, and her son Robert served as an Old Guard in Arlington, VA, and is currently a Captain in the KY Army National Guard.As a grandmother of grandchildren affected by deployments, she is passionate about meeting the needs of the military children and their families. Mrs. Zigler interests outside school include baking, traveling and riding her bicycle through the German countryside.
Mrs. Tracy Vargas was recently selected as the Assistant Principal of Hainerberg Elementary School at USAG Wiesbaden in Germany. Tracy has nine years of teaching experience, which started as a Special Education Teacher for students identified with an Emotional Disability in 2002 in Denver Public Schools. In 2005, after marrying her active duty husband, Daniel, and moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, she continued teaching students with an Emotional Disability in Fountain-Fort Carson School District. Tracy also taught high school students with a Mild-Moderate Learning Impairment in Tampa, Florida in Hillsborough County Schools and served as a high school Special Education Coordinator in San Antonio, Texas. A final overseas PCS to USAG Humphreys, South Korea allowed Tracy the opportunity to teach general education, 2nd and 3rd grades, in DoDDS.Most recently, Tracy was selected to be the Learning Impaired-Mild Moderate Teacher at Fort Rucker Elementary School in DDESS.
In 2000,Tracy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University in North Dakota. She went directly into graduate school and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of North Dakota. Early in her teaching career, Tracy's professional vision reached outside of her classroom and she was intrigued by the complexity of leading a school and in turn earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado in 2006.
Tracy is enthusiastic about education and focused on providing the highest quality education to the children of our military heroes and military-connected families. She relies on data to make decisions yet understands the importance of teaching the whole-child. She believes communication is key to successful collaboration and leadership. She holds herself to a high standard to best serve her students, teachers, principal and community.
She has first hand experience with several aspects of the military lifestyle. Tracy was deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion. Her husband recently retired from twenty years of honorable service on active duty in the US Army.She supported her husband and children through three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Tracy is proud of her military service and being a military spouse. She understands the challenges and rewards of this lifestyle and holds this community close to her heart. Tracy values her service in DoDEA as it combines her two passions, education and the military.
Outside of the school, Tracy must be flexible and have a sense of humor to keep up with her two children, Ava and Isaiah, and German Shepherds, Brooke and Buckley. She is frequently found at Girl Scout events, Cub Scout meetings, youth sports games or attempting to tire her two German Shepherds in nearby fields and trails.She enjoys reading, traveling and volunteering in the community.