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Superintendent Sanchez Interviewed by SHS Journalists

Podcast (12:53)

Scarlet Meads '20, Student Journalist
STUTTGART | February 24, 2020

DoDEA Europe East Superintendent Steve Sanchez being interviewed by Stuttgart HS student journalist Scarlet Meads '20, assisted by George Svoboda '22  with SHS Principal Rick Renninger looking on.
DoDEA Europe East Superintendent Steve Sanchez being interviewed by Stuttgart HS student journalist Scarlet Meads '20, assisted by George Svoboda '22 with SHS Principal Rick Renninger looking on. | Photo: Gretchen Albers '21

Written by Goerge Svoboda '22

Mr. Steven Sanchez is the DODEA Europe East Superintendent and has been working for DODEA for 25 years. He began teaching Spanish and Physical Education in Vallejo, California, 30 years ago. He initially started substituting for a friend who was ill and then fell in love with the career. Mr. Sanchez has worked his way from teacher to principal to superintendent over the years. From the United States to Japan, he has pursued education and leadership roles across the world.

Mr. Sanchez was the principal of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan, and added AP courses. Mr. Sanchez also works on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the European Athletic Community. He became a superintendent to be able to help more students, and because he did not want to leave DODEA. Superintendents oversee districts, and DODEA East happens to be the largest one with 32 schools and 15 thousand students. Mr. Sanchez works to support schools and find out what they need.

When asked for words of encouragement, Mr. Sanchez responded, “First of all, I think you guys are fortunate to go to an amazing school. You have an incredible group of teachers that guide you. I went to graduation last year, and it was great. To listen to the stories and the impact of the teachers help you get to where you’re going. My only small piece is that I hope I provided what they needed along the way.” As you can see, Mr. Sanchez profoundly cares about the DODEA community and continues to support us.

Podcast: Interview with Mr. Steven Sanchez (12:53)
Stuttgart High School student journalist Scarlet Meads '20 interviews DoDEA Europe East Superintendent Steve Sanchez for a podcast.
Stuttgart High School student journalist Scarlet Meads '20 interviews DoDEA Europe East Superintendent Steve Sanchez for a podcast. | Photo: Gretchen Albers '21

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