Dr. Joan Islas
As the Deputy CIA, Dr. Islas is responsible for providing educational leadership and administrative direction to the DoDEA-Europe area office educational staff and district superintendents. She oversees, conducts and reviews all existing school level programs and recommends program changes and enhancements to meet the needs of service members and their families. Additionally, she assists in the development of the professional competencies of
DoDEA-Europe staff and is a co-lead with DoDEA’s headquarters staff on educational reform agendas to ensure a continuous learning environment.
Dr. Joan Islas has been with DoDEA for 16 years. Her career began as a multi-age teacher at C.T. Joy Elementary School in Jinhae, South Korea. Dr. Islas spent 8 years in the Korea District as an educator, assistant principal and principal before her promotion in 2008 to Assistant Superintendent in the Bavaria District in Ansbach, Germany. In 2013, she assumed the duties of Assistant Superintendent for the Mediterranean District in Vicenza, Italy.
In August of 2008, Dr. Islas was presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for her effort in creating a Parent University and preparing and planning for the reconfiguration of Humphreys Elementary School in South Korea to a K-8 Elementary/Middle School.
In 2003, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. She won the DoDEA award in the area of elementary mathematics. In March 2003, Dr. Islas was invited to Washington, D. C., to accept her award and meet the First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.
Prior to joining DoDEA, Dr. Islas taught in southern California. She worked in both public and private school settings as an elementary school educator with a focus on multi-age and multi-cultural education.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. She completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Foundations of Education at Troy University, while in Seoul, Korea, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University, Orange County, California.