Dr. Nancy C. Bresell
For 35 years Dr. Bresell has served military-connected children all over the world, first as a teacher and, since 2009, in her current position as the Director, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe (DoDDS-E), where she leads the educational and support operations of four geographically dispersed school districts serving over 32,000 students in 76 schools. Dr. Bresell represents the Director, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and executes DoDEA policy and educational programs throughout the area. With the Commander, EUCOM, she co-chairs the European Schools Council and is the senior DoDEA leader working with educators, parents, community members, and military commands in Europe.
From 1997 to 2009 Dr. Bresell served as the Director for the DoDEA-Pacific schools, where she provided leadership and management of the educational and support operations in the four Pacific school districts. Prior to this assignment, she held a number of teaching and educational leadership positions before being selected as the Superintendent of the Stuttgart District in 1990.In 1996, Dr. Bresell moved to Japan as the District Superintendent, and the following year, was selected as the Area Director for DoDDS-Pacific. Immediately upon assumption of these duties, she led a major DoDEA initiative to stand up a DoD school system in the U.S. Territory of Guam. Under her leadership, four new schools were constructed in Guam and student achievement rose significantly and consistently throughout DoDDS-Pacific over the years she headed the area.
Professionally, Dr. Bresell has taught graduate level courses for the National College of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching Program. She has been selected to participate in the Superintendents' Work Conference at Columbia University and in the Academy of Fellows, a prestigious group of educational administrators. In 2012, while serving as the Acting Principal Deputy Director, DoDEA, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. She has also been recognized by Phi Delta Kappa with the Lifetime Achievement in Public Education Award for her professional leadership and contributions to education in Europe and the Pacific.Additionally, Dr. Bresell has volunteered for over six years on the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Board of Directors, which provides policy and guidance for the operation of Girl Scout troops, in both the Far East and North Atlantic.
After graduating Cum Laude and "With Honors in Psychology" from Lake Erie College in Ohio, Dr. Bresell went on to earn a Master's Degree in elementary and special education from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. She earned her Doctorate from the University of Southern California in educational leadership.
A native of Claremont, New Hampshire, Dr. Bresell began her teaching career in Pennsylvania. Her first appointment with DoD schools overseas was as a learning disabilities teacher in Mainz, Germany.She is a Tai Chi Master, a "sensai" for this martial art, and enjoys walks in the woods as part of Germany's Volksmarching phenomenon.