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DoDEA Pacific names 2014 Volunteer Excellence Award recipients

DoDEA Pacific Director Dr. Linda Curtis recently announced the selection of the 2014 DoDEA Pacific Volunteer Excellence Award winners.

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DoDEA Pacific student participates in prestigious Research Science Institute at MIT

Edgren High School junior Sola Sharai is one of 80 exceptional science and math high school whizzes around the world attending the 31st annual Research Science Institute at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities from June 22 to Aug. 2.


Byrd Elementary School closes doors, completes 66 years of teaching excellence

The Richard E. Byrd Elementary School closed its doors June 10 after providing 66 years of quality education to the children on Negishi Housing Annex in Yokohama, Japan.


DoDEA Pacific student wins spot in White House Kids’ State Dinner

Andersen Elementary School 2nd grade student Lily Vinch will attend the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' State Dinner in Washington D.C. next month for her “Mo-Rockin’ Meatless Monday Special” recipe – one of 54 selected from more than 1,500 contestants.

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DoDEA Pacific senior Keri Brooks wins National Achievement Scholarship

Guam High School senior Keri Brooks won a $2,500 National Achievement® Scholarship Program award which is only presented to 700 Achievement Scholarship® winners out of 160,000 entrants each year.

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New principal at Arnn ES

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley as the new principal at John O. Arnn Elementary School.

DoDEA Japan Press Releasae
| January 7, 2014

Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley, Arnn ES Principal

Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley, Arnn ES Principal | Photo: (File Photo)

Ms. Baxter-Oakley has served as the Principal of Richard E. Byrd Elementary School for the past three and a half years. Prior to her appointment as principal, Ms. Baxter-Oakley served as an assistant principal at Lanham Elementary School on Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan and Vogelweh Elementary School in Vogelweh, Germany. She has over twenty three years of experience in the field of education.
Mrs. Baxter-Oakley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Master’s Degree in Education from South Carolina State University, Leadership Certification in Educational Administration from the State University of West Georgia, and further post graduate studies toward a doctoral degree from North Central University in the area of K-12 Educational Leadership. She will resume her doctoral studies this year with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.
Mrs. Baxter-Oakley has thoroughly enjoyed her time as leader of the mighty Penguins at Byrd Elementary School. However, she is poised to take on the role as the new Principal at Arnn Elementary School and looks forward to a wonderful transition. Ms. Baxter-Oakley, her husband and their son and daughter are enthused about becoming a part of the Sagamihara Community and Knights’ Roundtable. She is prepared and ready to work with a team committed to all students’ success.

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