For Immediate Release — July 26, 2018 | Ft. Knox MHS
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — July 26, 2018 — Dr. Youlanda Washington, the Kentucky Community Superintendent for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas, has named Mr. Luis M. Dominguez as the interim principal and Ms. Thelberstine Barbee as the interim assistant principal at Fort Knox High School at Fort Knox, Kentucky effective immediately.
Mr. Dominguez is beginning his fourth year at Fort Knox High School and was the assistant principal. Previously, he has worked as a social studies teacher and was part of the school leadership team at Antilles Middle School in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Before DoDEA, Mr. Dominguez worked as a teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools, the West Virginia Department of Institutional Education, Juvenile Division, and Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland as a sixth-grade social studies teacher and team leader. He also served in the U.S. Army for five years.
“The Fort Knox High School community will continue to see high expectations, positive communication and active involvement from Mr. Dominguez and Ms. Barbee,” said Dr. Washington. “They have the insight, expertise, and knowledge of what is required to provide excellence in education.”
Mr. Dominguez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies/Secondary Education from Shepherd College and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Shepherd University, located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He also earned his Administrative Certificate at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
“I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with the Fort Knox military community and their children," said Mr. Dominguez. "I look forward to a successful and fantastic 2018-2019 school year.”
Ms. Barbee started working for DoDEA in 2004. She worked in South Korea and Europe at Spangdahlem Middle School as math, science, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher. She also was an assistant principal at Ramey School in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico for almost three years. In January 2017, Ms. Barbee became the AVID Instructional Systems Specialist for DoDEA Americas supporting middle and high schools. Last school year, she briefly served as the interim assistant principal at Barsanti Elementary School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Before working for DoDEA, Ms. Barbee taught for seven years in the Tennessee Public School System with her last teaching assignment in Memphis City Schools. She was also a research specialist at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Anesthesiology looking at the effects of various pain relievers and gases on one-day surgery. She worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital examining the DNA sequence of the avian flu virus H5N and was a quality control chemist testing various headache medicines and household cleaners.
Barbee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee in Biological Chemistry.
The search for a Fort Knox High School principal is ongoing.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.