Dear Parents and Students:
On behalf of our staff, I'd like to welcome you to Bahrain Elementary School/Bahrain Elementary School Team (BEST). For those of you joining our school community for the first time, we encourage you to become actively involved in your child's education. For those returning, we trust that you will continue to support our efforts to provide a quality school through your ongoing participation in programs and special activities and frequent communication with your child's teacher.
You may expect school newsletters and bulletins to be sent home regular or as events occur. These newsletters are designed to keep you informed about items of interest and dates of special activities. You are also urged to contact your child's teacher or the school office as questions arise throughout the school year. The support we seek from you requires that you bring to our attention questions you would like clarified or conditions that you believe can be improved.
At BEST, we are striving toward a goal of “highest student achievement,” the first tenet of the DoDEA Community Strategic Plan. Only parents, students, and teachers working closely together can achieve this. The staff and administration are looking forward to working with you in an effort to provide your family a successful, productive, and rewarding educational experience.
I am sure you are as curious about me as I am about you. I was born and raised in northern Wyoming. It is about 70 miles east of the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
After high school graduation I moved to “The Big” city, Denver, Colorado, where I attended Metropolitan State College. It was at Metro that I studied Early Childhood Education. After graduation I was lucky enough to land my first teaching job with Jefferson County Public School in the suburbs of Denver. I taught mostly kindergarten, some 3rd, 5th and 6th grades for 13 years. While there I enrolled at the University of Colorado to pursue a Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance.
In 1987, I applied to DoDDS and received a job offer to Atsugi, Japan to teach kindergarten at Lanham ES. My next duty station was Erlangen, Germany, and from there I moved up the road to Bamberg, Germany. While at Bamberg ES I became part of the Reading Recovery implementation and had an opportunity to become a school counselor. During my tenure at Bamberg ES I became interested in school administration. I worked summers at the University of Denver on the additional course work needed to apply to the ECP.
In July 1999, I received a promotion to assistant principal at Ikego ES where I worked for 4 years. In the spring of 2003, I was promoted to Principal of the new Sasebo Elementary School in southern Japan where I enjoyed working with a fine professional staff for 6 years. Following my tenure at Sasebo ES I found myself at Lakenheath Elementary School as the principal. I'm now the Principal at Bahrain Elementary School in the Kingdom of Bahrain.