VICENZA ITALY — June 18, 2020 — Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, Superintendent Europe South announces that Dr. Kristen Warner has been selected as the Principal of Vicenza High School in Vicenza, Italy. “Dr. Warner is a strong instructional leader, she will provide excellent leadership to Vicenza High School. We are pleased to welcome her to the Vicenza Community,” said Howard-Brahaney.
In August 2010, Dr. Warner began her career with DoDEA as an Instructional Systems Specialist for World Languages in Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in Peachtree City, GA. She also served as Assistant Principal at SHAPE Middle High School in Belgium and at Naples Middle High School in Naples Italy. She opened the new SHAPE High School and was instrumental in that transition phase. She has been the Principal at Rota Middle High School in Rota, Spain for the past four years where she led the school through a successful district accreditation process.
Prior to coming to DoDEA, Dr. Warner was a French, Spanish, and ESL teacher in Florida from 1991-2000 at the middle and high school levels. She coached basketball and tennis and was named Palm Beach County Tennis coach of the years in 1998 and 1999. Later, she worked with the Florida Department of Education and Broward County Schools to develop and implement training to support teachers in communicating and teaching ESOL students. She has also written assessment programs for Spanish.
Her experiences outside the school include assessment specialist for Palm Beach County Schools and adjunct professor for both Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University. In 2000, in addition to her duties as the President of the Florida Foreign Language Association, she was selected as the Teacher in Residence at Educational Testing Service (ETS). This selection resulted in her move to Princeton, New Jersey where she worked collaboratively to develop the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Assessment for World Languages in French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Latin. This valuable experience gave her insight into assessment construction as well as allowed her the opportunity to complete her dissertation on the professional development experiences of national board certified teachers.
In 2002-2010, she became a National World Language Consultant for Holt, Rinehart and Winston publishers where she conducted professional development across the nation on instructional strategies and assessment. In this role she provided strategic support and training for school districts nationwide.
Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and a Master of Education in Foreign Language Education, both from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Université de Montreal and Université des Antilles in Fort de France Martinique, as well as at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. In 2002, she earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
With vast experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment as well as instructional leadership, she is excited to be part of the Vicenza Schools Community and looks forward to creating opportunities for success for all students.