Department of Defense Education Activity

Ms. Vanessa Faerber - Antilles HS Principal

Vanessa Faerber’s experience as a school administrator exemplifies excellence by her belief in leading by inspiring educators, motivating students, and engaging stakeholders to work collaboratively creating dynamic world-class citizens. A holistic approach to educating students promotes positive outcomes in all facets of a student’s development to include: social-emotional, academic, physical, and overall wellness with the self and family. Flexibility, compassion, and innovation are all tools of immense value that she utilizes to support students and families to persevere and thrive despite any challenge that may arise.

Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Technology both from Nova Southeastern University. After teaching Dropout Prevention Language Art for 6th-8th grade in Land O’Lakes Florida, she became a DoDEA Special Education teacher at Boeblingen Elementary Middle School in Stuttgart, Germany. In subsequent years, she was able to provide intensive reading support for BEMS staff and students as a Reading Coach and a Read 180 teacher. Later she moved to Okinawa with DoDEA and taught Social Studies and 6th grade Reading at Ryukyu Middle School. She then began a successful career in Administration at Bechtel Elementary in 2011 as the Assistant Principal. She was later promoted to the Principal at Bob Hope Primary School on Okinawa where she was able to forge community partnerships with the command and solidify commitments o support in a Partner in Education (PIE) agreement. In 2015, Vanessa became the Principal at Netzaberg Elementary School in beautiful Bavaria, Germany. Always looking for a challenge to be a lead learner, Vanessa then served as a School Renewal Specialist for the Department of Education at the complex area level, learning how to support school systems, focus on K-12academic pathways, and assist 18 schools to reach the next level of excellence.

Vanessa is moving to Puerto Rico with her family that includes two soon to be Ft. Buchanan students: Katarina (10), and Oliver (8). She has one daughter Emily (19) that is attending college in Florida at Full Sail University. She is extremely honored to serve military students, their families, and to lead an amazing team at Antilles High School as the principal. She seeks to actively cultivate community partnerships and build networks of support systems that will foster a collaborative environment to ensure continued academic growth and real-world experiences. Continuous School Improvement is engrained in the fiber of her being, so any suggestions on how to make Antilles High School even better are appreciated and taken into respectful consideration.

“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.” – Henry Ford

Ms. Vanessa Faerber

Antilles HS Principal


Phone: 787-707-2301
1062 Victory Drive
Fort Buchanan , PR 00934
USA

Ms. Yamaris Sierra - Antilles HS Assistant Principal

Mrs. Yamaris Sierra was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from Universidad Metropolitana of Puerto Rico with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Ms. Sierra began her career in the Health & Care industry, where she earnestly worked for 10 years. After marrying her husband, a former active-duty soldier, Mrs. Sierra obtained her first job with DoDEA as an Office Automation Assistant in the Special Education Department, at Vicenza Elementary School. This overseas experience introduced her to the educational field, which she fell in love with. While in Italy, she also established and managed her own child daycare center, which was shadowed by the Child, Youth and School Services.

After returning to the United States, Mrs. Sierra worked as a Medical Coder at the Carl R. Darnall Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas. It was while at Ft. Hood, that Mrs. Sierra realized how much she missed being in a school environment. She soon enrolled in the Texas Region 12 Alternative Certification Program, where she graduated with an Early Childhood to 6th grade Teacher Certification.

She obtained her very first teaching position as a 3rd grade Bilingual/Dual Language Teacher at Hector P. Garcia Elementary School, in Temple, Texas.  She was named the 2015 Rookie of the Year, which is awarded to beginning teachers who demonstrate educational skills and expertise that make them stand out from the rest.

Mrs. Sierra also worked at Temple High School as a Secondary Spanish Teacher. She challenged her students and herself by preparing her 9th grade native Spanish speakers to take the Spanish AP test. Ms. Sierra considers herself a lifelong learner. She graduated from Louisiana College, with a masters in arts of Education and completed graduate coursework in Educational Administration and Supervision. Also, she added teaching certifications to her curricula: Language Immersion,Social Studies, AVID, English as a Second Language, Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture and Spanish Advanced Placement Literature

In 2017, after Hurricane Maria, Mrs. Sierra accepted a Secondary Spanish teaching position at Antilles Middle School in Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico. She was well-known for her active involvement in extracurricular activities, tech savviness, team collaboration and disposition. Following her heart, to teach high schoolers again, Mrs. Sierra transferred to Antilles High School in 2019.

Mrs. Sierra is very excited about this new opportunity at Antilles High School and is welcoming students, parents and staff to partnership with her to fulfill DoDEA's mission.

Ms. Yamaris Sierra

Antilles HS Assistant Principal


Phone: 787-707-2301
1062 Victory Drive
Fort Buchanan , PR 00934
USA