Mrs. Vallone brings over 35 years of knowledge and experience to Bob Hope Elementary School. Her life work has been focused on teaching children and leading educators, with student success as her primary goal. She began her teaching career in 1985 with Atlanta Public Schools teaching Social Studies, English, and Yearbook at North Fulton High School, an International Baccalaureate magnet school and continued with work in both middle schools and elementary schools as she moved with her husband, who was a soldier. Her experiences as a teacher, military spouse, and mother have taken her around the United States and the world, including five states, Germany, Italy, mainland Japan, and Okinawa. With her unique approach to teaching, and a genuine heart for students, she has helped hundreds of students embrace learning. In 2016, Mrs. Vallone accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Kadena Elementary School where she continued impacting students and educators as the school moved into a new 21st Century facility. After two years as an Assistant Principal, Mrs. Vallone accepted a principal position at Bob Hope Primary school in 2018, and in 2021 moved into the principal position at the newly constructed Bob Hope Elementary School, combining students and facilities from parts of four other schools to create one new school. In these leadership roles, she continued to focus on student success and relationship building with students and families.
Mrs. Vallone joined the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in August 2006 teaching Social Studies and Gifted Education at Yokota Middle School. She transferred to Vicenza Middle School in August, 2010 where she was the Reading Specialist and taught English Language Arts, Gifted Education, and AVID. During her time with DoDEA, Mrs. Vallone held many leadership roles, including Curriculum and Instruction Facilitator, CSI Co-Chair, PLT Leader, Team Leader, Professional Development Leader, and a member of the District Networked Learning Community. In 2016, Mrs. Vallone assumed the duties as an Assistant Principal at Kadena Elementary School. In that capacity, she worked as part of the administrative team that promoted 21st Century learning skills, College and Career Readiness standards, and collaborative teaching and learning practices, always focused on student achievement. In 2018, Mrs Vallone accepted the position as Principal of Bob Hope Primary School (BHPS), successfully leading BHPS for three years. During those years, she also worked with the Army Corps of Engineers at the weekly MILCON meetings during the construction of the new Bob Hope Elementary school, a 21st Century Kindergarten through grade five school. In August of 2021, Mrs. Vallone became the principal for the newly constructed Bob Hope Elementary School. Mrs. Vallone continues to focus on collaborative teaching and learning and the success of the whole student, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Mrs. Vallone’s education includes a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toledo. She also holds a Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from The University of Scranton. She has more than sixty hours of continuing education beyond these degrees, and stays current on the latest trends in public and private education. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Gifted Children, the National Council for Teachers of English, and the National Council for the Social Studies. She is also a National Writing Project Fellow. While teaching Gifted Education at Nolan Richardson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, Mrs. Vallone was selected as the Texas Rising Star Gifted Education Teacher for Region 19. She is a fellow in the National Writing Project, and has written curriculum for the El Paso Independent School District for their Gifted Education Program.
Mrs. Vallone has been married to her husband, Felix, an Army Retiree, for 34 years. They have two sons, one currently serving in the U.S. Army and the other a U.S. Air Force veteran and member of the Nebraska Air National Guard. She has one grandchild, who has captured her heart, and is expecting a second grandchild in the Spring of 2022.
Ms. Ramona Williams has been an educator for 18 years, 11 years has been with DoDEA. As a classroom teacher and Math Support Specialist, Mrs. Williams has supported her colleagues and students in school and district leadership roles, including Science Teacher Leader and Manager, Grade Leader, Professional Learning Communities Facilitator, and Chair of the Continuous School Improvement Leadership Team.
Ms. Williams brings a wealth of experience from her roles in supporting teacher mentoring, advocating for school committee leadership, and encouraging various student support programs. Ms. Williams became a part of the Pacific South District in 2019 when she joined Lester Middle School as the Assistant Principal. Two years later, she was allowed to assist with opening a 21st-century school. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Principal at that facility, Bob Hope Elementary School.
Ms. Williams has a zeal for teaching and learning that promotes an engaging atmosphere for both students and colleagues. She is always eager to collaborate and build on her leadership capacity with all stakeholders. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in Management and a Minor in Human Resources. She has a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education and Adult Education with a dual focus in Technology and Leadership. In 2010, Ms. Williams earned an Education Specialist Degree with a concentration in Elementary Education from Troy University. Presently, she is pursuing her doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership.
Ms. Williams states, “I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to support the extraordinary and unique children of men and women who are peacekeepers that serve and secure our country.”