Dr. Joyce Lutrey is Deputy Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific. She is also performing collateral duties as the interim Senior Civilian Leader for DoDEA Pacific (also known as Area Director).
As the Senior Civilian Leader, Lutrey has full responsibility for a $400M annual budget and the educational and operational functions required to support the mission in the Pacific area. As the Deputy Director for CIA, Lutrey provides direction, advice, guidance, and assistance on the educational program to the District Superintendents. Additionally, she serves as a mentor and coach for District Superintendents, Principals, and others in the educational chain through diagnostic on-site visits, on-the-job training, observations, and targeted feedback sessions. Lutrey also provides performance input to the Area Director regarding the District Superintendent’s leadership in the domains of curriculum, supervision of instruction, assessment, and related areas. A career advocate for organizational excellence, Lutrey leads the DoDEA Pacific executive steering committee for continuous process improvement.
DoDEA Pacific provides a comprehensive preK-12 education to the children of eligible DoD personnel stationed throughout Asia. The 50 schools in DoDEA Pacific are composed of approximately 23,500 students and 3,600 professional educators and support staff. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.
Before joining DoDEA Pacific in 2009, Lutrey served as the Superintendent of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, AZ from 2004 to 2009. Prior to that, she was the Superintendent of Fruitport Community Schools, Fruitport, MI. Lutrey was the principal of three schools in Michigan: Saline Middle School, in Saline; Strong Junior High School in Melvindale-Northern Allen Park; and Thurston Elementary in Ann Arbor. Prior to her time as a principal, she was a middle/high school science and mathematics teacher for 20 years in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Lutrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education, General Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Eastern Michigan University. She also earned a Specialist of the Arts degree and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.