WIESBADEN, GERMANY — March 14, 2014 — DoDDS-Europe officials have announced the district teachers of the year for SY 2014/2015.
The recipients are:
From the Kaiserslautern District, Sara Loomis, an educational technologist from Kaiserslautern Elementary School.
From the Mediterranean District, Kristina Muñoz, a 3rd Grade teacher from Aviano Elementary School.
From the Isles District, Daisy Alegre-Cruz, an AP Psychology teacher from Lakenheath High School.
From the Bavaria District, Louise Thompson, a 1st/2nd Grade mulit-age teacher from Ansbach Elementary School.
“I want to extend my congratulations to these four highly-qualified instructors,” said Dr. Nancy Bresell, DoDDS-Europe Director. “It is an incredible honor to be selected and is a testament to their professionalism and dedication to our students. They are shining examples and representative of all teachers we have here in Europe.”
The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and promotes excellence in education. Teachers may be nominated by a peer, administrator, parent, student, or community member. Nominees complete an application packet and submit it to a selection panel at their district office where one applicant is chosen as the District Teacher of the Year. A second panel assembled at DoDEA Headquarters then selects the DoDEA Teacher of the Year from the candidates submitted from each district. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year competes for the title of National Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year Program encourages teachers to take an active part in educational leadership. As outstanding educators, those selected perform a variety of roles. They promote the teaching profession and work with school officials to enhance the quality of teaching and the education of DoDEA students.
The four teachers will attend a conference later this year at DODEA headquarters in Arlington, Va., with other DODEA teachers from the Far East and the U.S. schools who received the same award for their respective districts.
In the fall, DODEA will choose an overall "Teacher of the Year" for 2014-15.