Dr. Joan Islas
Dr. Joan Islas has been with DoDEA for 15 years.Her DoDEA 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 to a K-8 Elementary/Middle School.
In 2003, Dr. Islas was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science.She won the DoDEA award in the area of elementary mathematics.In March of that year, Dr. Islas flew to Washington, D. C., to accept her award and meet then First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.
Prior to joining the DOD system, Dr. Islas and her family resided in southern California.In 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.
Dr. Islas 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 Masters of Science Degree in Foundations of Education at Troy University, while in Seoul, Korea, and a Doctorates Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University, Orange County, California.
Dr. Joan Islas and her husband, Alberto, are the proud parents of two daughters, both of whom have graduated from DoDEA schools.Their oldest daughter, Samantha, graduated in May from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Management.Alexandra attends her mom's alma mater, Seton Hall University, on a full Army ROTC Scholarship for Nursing.
Dr. Islas actively focuses on Continuous Improvement in all areas and levels of education.She firmly believes that all students can and will learn.
"It is our charge as educators to uncover the unique strengths and talents that lie within each of our students and to patiently yet persistently guide all students towards reaching their full potential.In partnership with our parents and local community, we can create a strong support system to nurture our children as they realize their goals and dreams."
Dr. Islas is honored to serve alongside America's most dedicated heroes as they defend and fight to protect the freedom of our country.She is proud to be an educational leader in a system that has the privilege of serving our Military Children.