Dr. Jason Ter Horst was raised in a military family and has been an educator for over twenty years. He taught grades K-12 throughout his educational career, spending the most amount of time at the middle school level as science teacher and coach. After earning a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Dr. Ter Horst became an assistant principal and then principal of a middle school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After his middle school received national recognition as a Trailblazer Schools To Watch award winner, Dr. Ter Horst became an Executive Director of K-12 Schools in his district and supervised twenty schools and their principals. Concurrently, he taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Educational Leadership Department.
Three years later, Dr. Ter Horst became the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Curriculum, Student Services and Assessment in Colorado Springs, School District 11. There he supported a district of 58 schools and served 28,000 students through curriculum adoption, program evaluation, assessment development, improvement planning, and accountability structures. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, he was also involved with State-level work. He was part of a state-wide Accountability Workgroup, as well as a member of a state-level team focused on improving central office support to struggling schools in the State.
Dr. Ter Horst earned his B.S. from Colorado State University in Pre-Medicine. He completed his M.Ed. at the University of Colorado in 1998. In 2018, Dr. Ter Horst also completed his PhD program at the University of Colorado.
After twenty years in the Colorado Educational System, Dr. Ter Horst came to DoDEA in 2016, where he currently serves military connected families in the role of Community Superintendent for Kaiserslautern Military Community. As a former student in DoDEA himself, and a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Community, he is committed to doing whatever he can to support our military community.
Dr. Ter Horst is known for his work ethic and a highly innovative approach to leadership and the education of students.
Mr. Joseph Lovett joined the Europe East District Office as Community Superintendent in August 2020. He is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has worked in education for 45 years. He has had the honor to work for DoDEA since 1983.
Mr. Lovett attended the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Community College, and Mankato State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and his graduate degree in Educational Administration from Mankato State University (now University of Minnesota-Mankato).
Prior assignments have been as Community Superintendent for Europe West at RAF Feltwell in the UK, principal at Vogelweh ES, Ramstein ES, and Bitburg ES, assistant principal at Mannheim ES, business officer for the Hessen District Superintendent’s Office, teacher at Darmstadt ES and elementary classroom teacher in Minnesota 1976-1983. Mr. Lovett was named DoDEA Europe Elementary Principal of the Year in 2017.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Lovett has supported his community through serving as a volunteer with Community Theatres, Deutsche Basketball Bund, School PTAs, and Booster Clubs.
His three adult children graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden. Mr. Lovett’s family lives in the KMC where his wife Kimberly Lovett, a teacher of students with visual impairments, works at Ramstein Intermediate School.
Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director
Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
HQ Chief Academic Officer
Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff