The DoDEA Principal of the Year Programs recognizes outstanding school principals, who have succeeded in leading high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.
Each Region Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year is selected by a regional panel using specified criteria to review Region Principal of the Year applications. Five principals are named either Region Elementary or Secondary Principal of the Year for 2017. Each Region Principal of the Year is also invited to apply for the DoDEA Principal of the Year programs.
Additionally, the DoDEA Elementary Principal of the Year will compete in the National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Principal of the Year Program, which is designed to recognize excellence among both elementary and middle school principals.
The DoDEA Secondary School Principal of the Year will compete in the National Association of Secondary School Principals' National Principal of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.
The DoDEA Principal of the Year Programs provide avenues for DoDEA principals to be nationally recognized and share our story of how military children succeed globally.
Ms. Michelle Moore-Robinson of Kinser Elementary School in Japan has been selected as the 2017 DoDEA Elementary Principal of the Year.
"Ms. Moore-Robinson is a dynamic principal who is a vital part of her local community," said DoDEA's Director, Thomas Brady. "Through her commitment and determination, she built a positive school culture where parents and the community feel informed and included. To engage with the parents, she has hosted teas with principal, 'chat and chew' lunches, and a parent university. Michelle also obtains student feedback by hosting regular Circle of Communication lunches."
Ms. Moore-Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. She also received her Master's Degree in Education Administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Ms. Sharon O'Donnell, principal of Ramstein High School in Europe, the largest high school in DoDEA with more than 1,000 students, has been selected as the 2017 DoDEA Secondary Principal of the Year.
"Ms. O'Donnell has created a supportive space for students, whose parents are frequently deployed to the Middle East and Baltic regions," said Mr. Brady. "Sharon makes sure all new teachers and students receive a sponsor to help them adjust. Her school also implemented an "Adopt a Student" mentoring program, in which teachers adopt students with academic issues and meet twice daily to assist with academic understanding and organizational skills development."
Ms. O'Donnell earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She also has an administrative certification from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.