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Principal's Corner

Principal Hayes 


Dear Parents and Students:

Welcome to Aviano AFB Elementary School. We are excited about the new school year.Our office staff and our administrative team are here to assist you in any way possible to ensure the best for your child.Working together as a team will help us to accomplish our common goal- highest student achievement.

DoDEA has just published a new Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2013-2018.The CSP is our roadmap for a commitment to continuous school improvement.Along with the DoDEA CSP, Aviano Elementary School is committed to continuous school improvement through our accreditation process with AdvancED.We collected data from a variety of sources (Terra Nova, curriculum assessments, and local assessments) and we identified two school goals:

SMART Goal 1:

By 2015, all students at Aviano Elementary School will demonstrate improvement in math problem solving across the curriculum as measured by system-wide and school-based assessments.

SMART Goal 2:

By 2015, all students at Aviano Elementary School will demonstrate improvement in reading across the curriculum as measured by system-wide and school-based assessments.

We would like for you to be an active participant in our CSI efforts! The CSI process is one that involves all stakeholders and we value your input and welcome your assistance in helping us to reach our goals.

It is a parent's enthusiasm that inspires children to do their best. It is a parent's involvement that is one of the biggest indicators of a child's success. And it is a parent's nurturing and guidance that allows children to develop a true love of learning.After all, YOU are their first teachers.

Teaching for the Future….Learning for a Lifetime,

Melissa Hayes, Principal

Vanda Waller, Assistant Principal



Melissa Hayes' career began as an early childhood teacher in 1981.She taught first grade and kindergarten for nine years in the Chambers County, AL School system before moving to Lanett, AL.Ms. Hayes taught third grade, first grade, and kindergarten during her nine year tenure in Lanett City Schools.Lanett City Schools named Ms. Hayes Teacher of the Year for 1997.

In 1997, Ms. Hayes was selected to attend the Georgia State University's Reading Recovery training program.She graduated from that program in 1998 and became a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for DeKalb County Schools, GA.While in DeKalb County, Ms. Hayes trained Reading Recovery Teachers, provided professional development, and worked with the District Superintendent's office in providing Balanced Literacy training to teachers in 26 elementary schools. Ms. Hayes was a speaker for regional and national Reading Recovery conferences in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Ms. Hayes joined the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in June, 2000 as an Instructional Systems Specialist for Reading Recovery.Her work involved teaching students, training teachers, and providing on-going professional development for educators.While at Fort Benning, Ms. Hayes facilitated numerous workshops for teachers in the areas of balanced literacy, writing, teaching reading in the content areas, and teaching struggling readers.Ms. Hayes developed, organized, and implemented Fort Benning's Parent Academy as well as very successful summer reading camps for students. Ms. Hayes was awarded the General's Award for Excellent Service to the Fort Benning Community.

Ms. Hayes became principal of Dexter Elementary School (Fort Benning, GA) in 2005.While principal, the school received the Partnership of the Year Award from the Muscogee County Partners in Education program.The school also received an International Reading Association award for having the best reading program for the state of Georgia.

In 2006, Ms. Hayes became principal of Maxwell AFB Elementary School in Montgomery, AL.Since Maxwell AFB Elementary was her first school to attend as a child (her dad was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam), Ms. Hayes felt particularly honored to be selected as principal.While principal at Maxwell, the school received numerous honors and awards.Students participated in Sports Stacking events and Lego Robotics. The robotics team won regional titles in 2010 and 2011 which allowed them to compete in the state First Lego League Competition. During the 2008-2009 School Year, Ms. Hayes was principal at two schools in the GA/AL DDESS District – Maxwell Elementary and Robins AFB Elementary in Warner Robins, GA. In 2010, Ms. Hayes was tasked with implementing a middle school, which made Maxwell a DoDEA Unit School with grades PreK-8th.

In 2012, Ms. Hayes was named as principal of Aviano Elementary School in Aviano, Italy.She believes in the value of responsive teaching and quality feedback.Ms. Hayes promotes a safe, caring, and committed environment in which to learn and grow.She believes in building and maintaining strong community-school partnerships that involve all stakeholders in the learning process.

Ms. Hayes grew up in Alabama and is a proud graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood.She graduated from Troy University in 1987 with a Master's of Science Degree in Early Childhood and again in 1999 with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.Outside of teaching, Ms. Hayes enjoys gardening and participating in the Aviano Community Theater.

Aviano ES

Aviano ES

Unit 6210
APO, AE 09604-6210

Phone: 0039-0434-305616
Fax: 0039-0434-660921

DSN Phone: 632-5677

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to notify the school every time a student is absent.