For Immediate Release — August 10, 2018 | Americas
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — August 10, 2018 — Dr. Donato Cuadrado, the Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas, has named Dr. Jacob Sherwood as the Puerto Rico the Community Superintendent.
“We are excited about Dr. Jacob Sherwood,” said Dr. Cuadrado. “He brings the skill set that we are looking for in Puerto Rico and is versed in college and career standards. Dr. Sherwood spent two years in Honduras months after Hurricane Mitch hit in 1998, so his experience will offer unique insight to the individual needs students and families of Puerto Rico are currently faced with just a year after Hurricane Maria. I know Dr. Sherwood will do a great job in Puerto Rico.”
As the Puerto Rico Community Superintendent, Dr. Sherwood will oversee four DoDEA schools located on Fort Buchanan and Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen serving more than 1,700 students. Dr. Sherwood’s focus in this new role is to provide leadership and support in teacher collaboration to advance student achievement, inspire and motivate teaching and district staff, and support the DoDEA mission in Puerto Rico.
“This is a dream come true to serve the students of our service members,” said Dr. Sherwood. “I am eager to work with students, staff, and the community. I look forward to collaborating with the wonderful educators and believe in excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere.”
Dr. Sherwood has had various leadership positions in education. He was the superintendent of Omaha School District in Arkansas; the principal and assistant principal roles in Springdale, Arkansas; prekindergarten-12th-grade principal and athletic director for the Bronaugh, Missouri School District; and English Language Learners (ELL) Director in Monett, Missouri. Dr. Sherwood began his career in education as a Spanish and ELL teacher, and junior high basketball coach in Monett, Missouri.
Dr. Sherwood’s education includes a bachelor degree in Spanish Education at Brigham Young University- Idaho and a master's and specialist degrees in educational administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He is married to Rachelle. They have six children, five boys, and a baby girl. Their oldest will be turning 13, and their baby girl is a year and a half.