Dr. Steven Bloom Superintendent of SchoolsAs Superintendent of the Guam District Dr. Steven R. Bloom is responsible for over 2,600 students, 450 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $36 million.
He entered the DoDEA system in 1982 as a special education teacher and principal at Torrejón, Spain. From there, Bloom applied his extensive background in education and curriculum design to the various administrative and supervisory positions he held within DoDEA Europe and Pacific. His first assignment to the Pacific began in 1993 as a Supervisory Education Specialist and Curriculum in the Pacific Area Education Division. In June 1996, he became Superintendent of the Okinawa District and in 2000, he joined the area office where he served 10 years as Deputy Director of DODEA Pacific. Bloom was selected for his current position in June 2010.
Prior to his DoDEA career, Bloom taught special education in Florida, worked in teacher education programs at Florida Atlantic University, and served as a child development specialist with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bloom earned his undergraduate degree from Marshall University, master’s from Florida Atlantic University, and doctorate from the University of New Mexico. His post doctoral studies include a clinical internship in Developmental Disabilities at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and advanced studies in education leadership, policy, strategic planning and school improvement at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Bloom is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council for Exceptional Children, and Phi Delta Kappa. He presented professional papers at numerous national and international conferences including the Council for Exceptional Children and American Psychological Association. His work has also been published in Phi Delta Kappan, Journal of Mental Deficiency Research, and Rehabilitation Psychology.
Jeff Arrington began with a degree in Accounting, but after two years as a classroom teacher and administrator, he returned to the University of Arkansas to earn an MA in Educational Administration in 1996. In 1998, Mr. Arrington returned once again to earn his Ed.S. in 1998. He is currently working towards a doctorate from the University of Nebraska.
Mr. Arrington began his DoDEA career in 1998, as an Educational Technologist at Guam High School. He was promoted to assistant principal of Guam High School in 2000. In 2002, Mr. Arrington and his family moved to Okinawa, where he was principal of Lester Middle School from 2002 to 2005, and principal of Kadena High School from 2005 to 2008. He then spent two years as the principal of Edgren High School in Misawa, Japan.