Department of Defense Education Activity

Dr. Beth Stephens - DoDEA Director  (1982 - 1986)

Dr. Beth Stephens served as Director of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools from 1982 – 1986

Dr. Stephens was a native of Texas and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1942, her Master's Degree in Educational Psychology (Special Education) in 1958, and her Doctorate in Education Psychology (Special Education) in 1964 from the University of Texas. Other education was received from Columbia University, Tulane University, Peabody College, and the University of Geneva (Switzerland).Prior to serving as Director of DoDDS, Dr. Stephens served as a professor of special education at the University of Texas in Dallas. There, she supervised the professional staff, taught students, and was the principal investigator for numerous research, demonstration, and training projects. She conducted original research which addressed educational psychology and cognitive development strategies for educating the learning disabled, early learning, and the correlation of personality and success. Dr. Stephens participated in state and national level planning of educational programs and served as a member of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. She received a great deal of recognition throughout her career as a professional educator, evidenced by her listings in "Who's Who in the East," "Who's Who in American Women," "Leaders in Education," "American Men of Science," and "Who's Who in the Southwest."

Dr. Beth Stephens

Dr. Beth Stephens

DoDEA Director  (1982 - 1986)

In Their Words

“At no time in history has any other nation educated 150,000 of its children in 20 countries around the world and made it possible for them to understand and experience the culture of their host nations while maintaining their identity with and patriotism for their own country.”

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Dr. Beth Stephens
Former DoDDS Director
(1982 - 1986)

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Dr. Beth Stephens
DoDEA Director (1982 - 1986)


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DoDEA Director (1976 - 1982)