Department of Defense Education Activity

Mr. Altorn R. Grade - Daegu MS/HS Principal

Mr. Grade was born and raised in Richland Washington. He attended Central Washington University where earned his bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a professionalized subjects minor. He later earned his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Eastern Washington University. He also completed the requirements for Education Administration Certification. Mr. Grade has completed many courses to include Educational Psychology, Advancement Via Individual Determination, Leadership, Classroom Management, and Student Issues.

Mr. Grade began his teaching career in 1981 in Kennewick, Washington while working at Desert Hills Middle School and Highlands Middle School. Mr. Grade spent his free time completing an administrative internship, coaching middle school football, wrestling, girls’ basketball, and track. He has always enjoyed working with students in and out of the classroom. He was honored to serve as a member of the Kamiakin High School Football Team Coaching Staff.

He joined DoDEA in 1988 serving as a teacher of the Learning Impaired at Diablo Elementary School and Curundu Elementary School. Mr. Grade finished his ten-year career in Panama as the District’s Behavior Intervention Specialist and their Teacher of the Emotionally Impaired. While teaching in Panama Mr. Grade spent time serving as the School Improvement Chair and coaching Boys’ Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, and Football. He was lucky to work with a talented group of athletes; to include two future National Football League players.

In 1999, Mr. Grade transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he served as the Teacher of the Learning Impaired for W. T Sampson Complex. In GTMO, Mr. Grade worked at the elementary school in the morning and spent his afternoons working at the middle high school. His free time was spent coaching soccer, serving as the senior class sponsor, and as president of the teacher’s union.

In August of 2001, Mr. Grade moved his family to Okinawa where he began his DoDEA Administration Career as the Assistant Principal at Kadena Elementary School. In 2003, he served as the Assistant Principal of Kubasaki High School before being promoted to Principal.

In 2007, Mr. Grade accepted the position of Principal of Lester Middle School. While Principal, Lester Middle School piloted a One-to-One Laptop Program, growing the Science Technology Engineering and Math Program and worked with an incredible AVID Staff to move their program toward demonstration school.

Mr. Grade accepted the Principal position at Daegu Middle High School in August of 2014. He is honored to be the Principal at DMHS and join the Warrior Family.

He is married to Cassie Grade, a 2nd grade teacher at Daegu ES and has two wonderful daughters, Alaina and Andrea, who have followed the family into education. He has been blessed with many great relationships with students, parents, teachers, and communities.

Mr. Altorn R. Grade

Daegu MS/HS Principal


Phone: 0503-363-6108/6109
Phone: 315-763-6108/6109
Unit 15623
USAG Daegu Camp Walker
APO , AP 96218
South Korea

Dr. Kyong Beach - Daegu MS/HS Assistant Principal

Dr. Beach attended Korean schools for her primary education; however, for her secondary and higher education, she attended American Schools.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and also in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, a Doctorate in Emotional Intelligence and Second Language Learning.

Dr. Beach has taught various grade levels including language immersion and multi-age classes.

Dr. Beach has been with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) for the past 27 years.

Dr. Kyong Beach

Daegu MS/HS Assistant Principal


Phone: 0503-363-6108/6109
Unit 15623
USAG Daegu Camp Walker
APO , AP 96218
South Korea