Dr. Susan Hargis was born, raised, and educated in Mobile, Alabama, and received her undergraduate degree in English Education from Auburn University in 1981. She began her career as an English and Journalism teacher in Mobile County and Richmond, Virginia, in middle and high schools. In 1988, Dr. Hargis was the recipient of a graduate fellowship from the English-Speaking Union of Richmond to receive licensure in British Literature from the University of Virginia at Oxford University, Exeter College. She earned a second graduate degree in 1996 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Media and Technology.
Dr. Hargis joined DoDDS in 1996 where she has since served at all school levels as an Information and Instructional Systems (School Improvement) Specialist in Italy and Germany. Dr. Hargis has been an Assistant Principal at Bitburg High School and Principal at Bitburg and Kaiserslautern Middle Schools.
Dr. Hargis earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Her dissertation addressed the relationship between military deployments and reading scores for students in DoDDS-Europe. Research from her studies indicates military children attending DoDDS-Europe schools during deployment are successful and demonstrate academic growth.
In partnership with the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Dr. Hargis authored and implemented the Commanders' Honor Roll. This program won the 2006 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award, established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to promote and recognize dynamic partnerships between U.S. military units and schools worldwide. In 2008 Dr. Hargis was once again awarded the MCEC Partnership of Excellence Award for the Food for Thought Nutrition Program with the Defense Commissary Agency. This partnership was honored by the American Association for Heath Education with the Blue Apple School Health Education Award and recognized Kaiserslautern Middle School for its health education program and best practices with nutrition literacy. Dr. Hargis serves on the Executive Board of the USA Girl Scouts Overseas - North Atlantic, which has more than 3,500 girl scouts in seven countries. Dr. Hargis has served twice as President of Phi Delta Kappa - Germany Chapter, the largest chapter in the world, and she is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was selected for Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, and as a member of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society. A life-long learner, Dr. Hargis is child-focused, results-oriented, and data-driven.
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