Department of Defense Education Activity

2021 Selectees for Principal of the Year

2021 DoDEA Principal of the Year, Mr. James Strait
 

DoDEA 2021 Elementary Principal of the Year

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is pleased to announce Mr. James Strait, principal of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan, as the 2021 DoDEA Principal of the Year. Mr. Strait has 16 years of experience serving as a school principal and has been the instructional leader at Kubasaki High School since October 2019.

Mr. Strait is a gifted school leader who has contributed greatly to the excellence of education at Kubasaki High School. As principal, he has built strong relationships with the military community that have positively impacted students, families, and staff.

Mr. Strait has brought in a new leadership team, a new energy, and the whole WESTPAC team to improve the appearance of Kubasaki. While Marines from the Marine Expeditionary Force and Single Marine Program have volunteered to help, he started a monthly luncheon where he invites leadership to address his faculty and has increased involvement across the whole community. Students are now taking greater pride in Kubasaki.

Strait, an Army veteran with 22 years of military service, is privileged to work with military-connected students and their families. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Capella University. A lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a doctorate.

2021 Regional Principals of the Year

AMERICAS REGION

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
 

Tarawa Terrace ES Principal

Mrs. Leigh Anne Faulkner Principal
"Ms. Kapiko Faulkner’s work in creating an inclusive learning environment in which students and teachers can excel sets the example for others,” said Dr. Judy Minor, DoDEA Americas Director for Student Excellence. “In addition, her dedication to building relationships with parents and community stakeholders has led to a strong sense of community and shared responsibility for education at Tarawa Terrace Elementary.
PACIFIC REGION

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
 

Kubasaki HS Principal

Mr. James Strait Principal
"Mr. Strait is a gifted school leader who has contributed greatly to the excellence of education at Kubasaki High School,” said Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Region Director of Student Excellence. “As principal, he has built strong relationships with the military community that have positively impacted students, families, and staff.
EUROPE REGION

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
 

Vicenza ES Principal

Ms. Allison Peltz Principal

"Allison’s dedication to her staff, students, parents and the Vicenza community - especially during this uniquely challenging year - is an inspiration. I congratulate her on this deserved honor,” said Dr. Dell McMullen, DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence.