Superintendent: Mr. Kent Worford
Mr. Kent Worford, the Superintendent for the Mediterranean District, DoDDS-Europe, has served a total of twenty years as an educator and coach with DoDEA.
Prior to being Superintendent of the Mediterranean District, Mr. Worford served as one of the two Assistant Superintendents of the District. Previously, he completed a four-year term as the Principal of Lakenheath High School (England), after serving a two-year term as Assistant Principal at the same school. Prior to that, he completed three years as Assistant Principal at SHAPE Elementary School (Belgium).
Mr.Worford's teaching career in DoDEA included assignments at Croughton HighSchool in England and SHAPE High School, where he taught AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Social Studies, Business and Computer Science, and coached football, basketball, and track.
Mr. Worford holds a Master's Degree in Education and Educational Administration from the University Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Education from the University of Kansas.
One of his goals as Superintendent is to provide 21stCentury educational opportunities to all staff members to ensure the best possible educational opportunities for all children in all of our DoDEA schools.
Assistant Superintendent: Dr. Joan Islas
Dr. Joan Islas has been with DoDEA for 15 years. Her DoDEA career began as a multi-age teacher at C.T. Joy Elementary School in Jinhae, South Korea. Dr. Islas spent 8 years in the Korea District as an educator, assistant principal and principal before her promotion in 2008 to Assistant Superintendent in the Bavaria District.
In August of 2008, Dr. Islas was presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for her effort in creating a Parent University and preparing and planning for the reconfiguration of Humphreys Elementary School to a K-8 Elementary/Middle School.
In 2003, Dr. Islas was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. She won the DoDEA award in the area of elementary mathematics. In March of that year, Dr. Islas flew to Washington, D. C., to accept her award and meet then First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.
Prior to joining the DOD system, Dr. Islas and her family resided in southern California. In California, she worked in both public and private school settings as an elementary school educator with a focus on multi-age and multi-cultural education.
Dr. Islas earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. She completed a Masters of Science Degree in Foundations of Education at Troy University, while in Seoul, Korea, and a Doctorates Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University, Orange County, California.
Dr. Joan Islas and her husband, Alberto, are the proud parents of two daughters, both of whom have graduated from DoDEA schools. Their oldest daughter, Samantha, graduated in May from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Management. Alexandra attends her mom’s alma mater, Seton Hall University, on a full Army ROTC Scholarship for Nursing.
Dr. Islas actively focuses on Continuous Improvement in all areas and levels of education. She firmly believes that all students can and will learn.
“It is our charge as educators to uncover the unique strengths and talents that lie within each of our students and to patiently yet persistently guide all students towards reaching their full potential. In partnership with our parents and local community, we can create a strong support system to nurture our children as they realize their goals and dreams.”
Dr. Islas is honored to serve alongside America’s most dedicated heroes as they defend and fight to protect the freedom of our country. She is proud to be an educational leader in a system that has the privilege of serving our Military Children.
Assistant Superintendent: Steven L. Sanchez
Mr. Steven L. Sanchez has 29 years of experience as an educator and 23 years with DODEA. Mr. Sanchez is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Mediterranean District after serving two years as the Heidelberg District Assistant Superintendent. In his present position, Mr. Sanchez has the responsibility of working at the MED DSO to support the mission of the Mediterranean District. He has also served on the European Athletic Council, the Transcript Review Team, Senior Advisory Leadership Group and co-chair of the SAT Committee for DODEA. Mr. Sanchez was the Kubasaki High School principal in Okinawa, Japan from 2006-2010. . During his tenure as principal, he added Advanced Placement courses and Career and Technical Education courses to the Kubasaki curriculum while graduating 99% of its seniors from 2007-2010. Mr. Sanchez served on the Far East Activities Council and the Okinawa Activities Council as well as serving on the DODEA Guidance Counseling Task Force from 2007-2009.
In 2002 Mr. Sanchez was promoted to principal of Yokota Middle School in mainland Japan. Also in 2002, Mr. Sanchez received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army. While in Yokota, Mr. Sanchez was the coordinating principal of the Yokota schools, assisted in coordinating athletics and served as chairperson for the Kanto Plains Association of Middle School Principals.
In 1997 Mr. Sanchez was selected as the Assistant Principal of Vicenza American High School. In 1990 he joined DODEA and moved with his family to Italy where he began teaching Spanish and Social Studies at Vicenza American High School. In addition to Spanish, Mr. Sanchez is also fluent in Italian. Mr. Sanchez earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State College of Framingham, Massachusetts in 1996. That same year he entered the Aspiring Leader’s Academy in DODEA, which he completed the following year.
Mr. Sanchez began his high school teaching career in 1984 teaching Spanish and Physical Education in Vallejo, California. A native of Loomis, California, Mr. Sanchez graduated with Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1984 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Spanish. As an undergraduate he studied during the 1982-1983 school year at the University of Madrid.
Steve and his wife Rosanna have three children. Vicente graduated Columbia University in 2012. Mateo attends the University of Maryland. Their daughter Giulia is 10 years old and is in the fourth grade.