CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA — August 4, 2022 — Ryan Smith, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for Camp Lejeune, is pleased to announce Kristy Fountain as the new principal for Heroes Elementary. Fountain will assume her duties mid-September.
“Ms. Kristy Fountain brings a wealth of experience in elementary education during the last 16 years with DoDEA as a teacher and administrator,” said Smith. “She places a high priority on data-driven instruction and decision-making for the success of all students and collaboration between all stakeholders.”
Fountain is excited to return to the Camp Lejuene area and work with the students, staff, parents and military community at Heroes Elementary. She is a leader who has a passion to increase school partnerships with the military community while increasing student achievement.
Fountain is from Silverhill, Alabama. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and a teaching certificate in elementary education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
She began her teaching and DoDEA career at E.C. Killin in Okinawa, Japan in 2006. While in Okinawa, Fountain earned her a master’s in elementary education from the University of West Alabama. In 2009, she accepted a teaching assignment at McBride Elementary on Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. While there, she earned a master’s in instructional leadership from Auburn University. In January 2016, she transferred to The Sullivans School in Yokosuka, Japan.
Fountain was named assistant principal to Sigonella Elementary in Italy in 2017 and served as assistant principal to AFNORTH Elementary School in the Netherlands and Kleine Brogel in Belgium in 2018. She also has served as principal to AFNORTH and Kleine Brogel since 2020. She has enjoyed working with the international community and military communities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany during the last four years.
In her spare time, Fountain loves to travel, spend time with family, hike and keep up with all things Auburn. War Eagle!