ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — March 30, 2009 — Pentagon officials announced today the selection of Mr. Charlie Toth as Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The selection was made through a competitive process.
As DoDEA's Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, Toth will be responsible for the instructional and educational programs in DoDEA's 192 schools worldwide. He will also oversee personnel operations involving more than 13,000 DoDEA employees who support military families overseas and in the United States and its territories.
With more than 40 years' experience in education, Toth, has served in DoDEA schools for nearly 30 years and is currently DoDEA's Assistant Associate Director for Education. Prior to his current assignment, Toth served as the District Superintendent for DoDEA's Korea District, where was the chief instructional leader for schools on the Korean Peninsula for 4 years.
Toth has also served in a variety of administrative and instructional positions in DoDEA including the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for DoDEA's Bavaria District Schools, in Kitzingen, Germany. Toth spent several years as a high school principal at Wuerzburg High School in Germany and Alconbury High School in England and as an assistant principal at Lakenheath High School, Lakenheath, England and at Frankfurt Middle School and Frankfurt High School in Frankfurt, Germany. He also taught in Germany at Frankfurt High School, Giessen High School, Bitburg High School and Osterholz High School.
Prior to his career with DoDEA schools, Toth taught at Chesterville Junior High School in Sparta, Ohio, and at Valley High School and Magnolia High School in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
In announcing the selection, officials said, "DoDEA has demonstrated its commitment to its mission of highest student achievement and is a critical quality of life factor for military families around the world. Mr. Toth has demonstrated dedication to education and a passion for achieving excellence, and he brings invaluable experience and a wealth of knowledge to advance DoDEA's efforts toward mission success. His lifelong commitment to military families and his understanding of the educational needs of their children make him a valuable asset to Dr. Shirley Miles and DoDEA's staff and faculty."
DoDEA Director, Dr. Shirley Miles, echoed those sentiments in talking about Toth's selection.
"Our interview panel was impressed with Mr. Toth's experience, insight, and perspective. There were incredibly talented candidates involved in this national search and the panel could not have been more impressed with each of them. There were many strong and able leaders to consider for this position, and Mr. Toth brings the added value of his expertise, having served at every level in our organization," she said.
Miles said Toth will be instrumental in DoDEA's efforts in shaping a climate and culture of continuous improvement throughout the organization to ensure highest student achievement for all students.
"Mr. Toth's experience and talents are a critical asset to DoDEA and will be a major factor in implementing a systemic philosophy of continuous improvement and will enhance how we achieve the goals we set for ourselves in our Community Strategic Plan," she said. "He brings the right combination of talent and skill in curriculum, human resources management, and leadership that will be critical to increasing student achievement."
Toth is looking forward to continuing his service to DoDEA and to military students and families.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the DoDEA's Deputy Director," he said. "There is no calling nobler than educating the children of the men and women who serve our nation. I am excited about this opportunity to continue serving military families in this new capacity and making contributions to continually improving what we do for our students."
Toth received his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in 1991. He is a 1966 graduate of West Virginia University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.
Mr. Toth has been active in several professional organizations including serving as president of the Germany Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is past president of the International Chapter of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Federal Managers Association.
Mr. Toth will assume his new duties immediately. He and his wife, Larissa, have five daughters. He is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten - 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.