Japan District Superintendent: Ms. Lois Rapp
Lois J. Rapp assumed the position of superintendent of the Japan district in early September, 2012. She previously served as the Superintendent of the Department of Defense Education Activity's Georgia/Alabama District. In this position, Ms. Rapp oversaw all aspects of education and administration for the District which includes ten schools located on Ft Benning, Ft Rucker, and Maxwell AFB.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Rapp served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the South-Western City School District in Columbus, Ohio. The school district is the 6th largest school district in the state, with approximately 20,000 students. The District was the only one to receive the designation of "Excellent" by the state of Ohio from the Urban 21 - a group of 21 urban school districts in the state.
Previously, Ms. Rapp was the Assistant Superintendent for Greenon Local Schools as well as a curriculum coordinator for the Clark County Educational Service Center in Springfield, Ohio. Ms. Rapp has also been an adjunct professor for Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Rapp began her career as an educator in the Springfield City School District as a middle school classroom teacher.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Rapp lived in Ohio from 1970 to 2010 and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. She earned both her master's and Educational Specialist degrees from Wright State University.
Ms. Rapp was selected by the Ohio Department of Education to serve as an assessor for Praxis III, the new teacher licensure performance-based assessment. Ms. Rapp received commendations for her contributions to education by the Ohio House of Representatives and the Clark County Commissioners Board. She has served on the executive board for the Ohio Association of Supervisors of Curriculum and Development (OASCD) and is a past president of the Ohio School Supervisors' Association (OSSA).
As a certified trainer, Ms. Rapp is recognized for her work with the Pathwise model of mentoring new teachers. She also served on the state of Ohio Teacher Evaluation Committee.
Assistant Superintendent: Mr. Jim Journey
Mr. Jim Journey currently serves DoDEA as an Assistant Superintendent of the Japan District. Originally from Texas, Mr. Journey received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sam Houston University. He joined DoDEA in 1989 teaching third and fourth grade as well as special education for 15 years before making the transition to principal. Mr. Journey has worked as principal in mainland Japan and Okinawa since 2002. He is joining the Japan District from Okinawa where he served as the principal for Bob Hope Primary School. Mr. Journey believes that communication is vital to the success of any operation. As a principal, he focused on creating an environment where students are comfortable coming to school and challenged to do their best every day. He encourages parents to be active partners in their children's education. Mr. Journey is excited to join the Japan District and to work with each school to ensure that students are encouraged to strive to reach their maximum potential.