DoDEA Pacific East DSO
Fussa, Japan | February 27, 2018
DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent Dr. Steven Bloom is pleased to announce that Mrs. Courtney Conover-Woodworth has been selected as the SY 2018 -2019 Teacher of the Year for the DoDEA Pacific East District.
Born in Virginia Beach, VA, Mrs. Conover-Woodworth graduated from University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1993, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, Mrs. Conover-Woodworth earned her teaching credentials in Special Education from Norfolk State University. She was hired during her student teaching by Virginia Beach City Schools to be a special education teacher. She taught many different models of a teacher of students with learning disabilities and teacher for students who are emotionally disturbed over a ten-year span in both Middle School and Elementary School levels. She transferred to Pensacola, FL, with her husband while he was stationed at NAS Pensacola. She taught for one year with Escambia County Schools as a Special Education Teacher before becoming a full-time mother to their son, Michael.
In May 2008, her family relocated to Yokosuka, Japan, while her husband served aboard the USS George Washington. She was the President of the Family Readiness Group for the command and oversaw over 300 families’ movement to Japan in support of the homeport change. She was hired by DoDEA for school year 2009 and she taught at The Sullivans Elementary School as a teacher of students with learning impairments for four years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in May of 2012. She transferred to Yokota West Elementary School for school year 2013-2014 as a Learning Impaired Teacher. One of her achievements while at Yokota West Elementary School is that she has helped to implement social thinking skills to the entire student body.
Mrs. Conover-Woodworth is a member of Federal Education Association Northeast Asia Teachers Association (NEATA) and has served as the Faculty Representative Spokesperson (FRS) for Yokota West Elementary School for two years. In her free time, she volunteered as the Secretary for the Local Civil Air Patrol and currently serves as the Secretary of the Yokota Middle School PTO. She is proud of her military heritage as the daughter of a United States Marine, wife of a Navy Chief and mother to a Yokota Middle School White Tiger.