For Immediate Release — August 16, 2019 | Mid-Atlantic
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — August 16, 2019 — Dr. Donato Cuadrado, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent, has named Mrs. Kathryn Downs as the Fort Bragg and Cuba Community Superintendent effective Sept. 1.
“Kathy will add significant value to the Mid- Atlantic leadership team,” said Dr. Cuadrado. “She has over thirty years of experience in the education field serving, as a teacher, instructional support specialist, and administrator. She has strong curricular knowledge and has successfully lead a 21st Century school. We look forward to her furthering DoDEA’s strategic plan, the Blueprint and advancing excellence in education for every student, every day.”
Downs will oversee ten DoDEA schools located on Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba serving more than 4,600 students. Her focus in this 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.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the Fort Bragg/Cuba community as the Community Superintendent,” said Downs. “I am eager to work with the stakeholders of our DoDEA schools, as we strengthen community partnerships that support our military-connected students of the Fort Bragg/Cuba schools.”
She began her educational career in 1986, in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany, where she taught kindergarten and music. Over the next 25 years, Downs worked in multiple locations around the world as a teacher and administrator to include Clark Air Base in the Philippines; Babenhausen, Germany; Okinawa, Japan; Lakenheath, England; Naples, Italy; and Ramstein, Germany. In 2011, she returned to the United States and became the Ashurst Elementary School principal at Marine Corps Base (MBC) Quantico. During SY 2014-2015, Downs closed Ashurst Elementary School while serving as the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) for the DoDEA New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico District. Then, she was a full-time ECE ISS for that district. In summer 2017, she became Crossroads Elementary School (CES) principal until being named as the community superintendent.
Downs’ education includes a bachelor degree Bachelor in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She has specialties in Early Child Education and Reading. Her Master’s Degree is in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and has another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.
Downs’ husband also works for DoDEA, and their daughter is a DoDEA alum.
She replaces Dr. Renee Butler, who retired from DoDEA in the summer.