Fredo Ontiveros Selected as 2022 DoDEA-Europe Principal of the Year


SEMBACH, GERMANY — March 7, 2022 — Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, DoDEA–Europe Director for Student Excellence, proudly announces Ramstein High School Principal Mr. Fredo Ontiveros as the 2022 DoDEA-Europe Principal of the Year. 

“Fredo is one of DoDEA’s great instructional leaders. Through the years, he has demonstrated a unique ability to create a culture of collaboration and inclusiveness that has led to positive teaching and learning environments for staff and students alike. He is highly deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Howard-Brahaney.

Mr. Ontiveros has successfully served as administrator at multiple DoDEA schools, starting at Rota Elementary School in 2016. Prior to his current position as the principal of Ramstein High School, DoDEA’s largest school, Mr. Ontiveros served as the administrator at Naples Middle/High School from 2016 through 2021.

“As an instructional leader, my primary responsibility is to set the standards for effecting change in academic achievement, College and Career Readiness (CCR), and social emotional outcomes for all students. I have internalized these responsibilities,” said Ontiveros. 

Ontiveros completed his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1998 and his earned master’s degree in Education Leadership from Framingham State College in 2009.

The DoDEA Principal of the Year Program recognizes outstanding school principals, one in each region, who have succeeded in leading high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession. The process begins at the local level, where principals are nominated by peers, employees, parents, students or community members. 

One of the Regional awardees will be selected as the DoDEA Principal of the Year, and proceed through a national association nomination process, representing DoDEA at the national level. During the year, the chosen Principal of the Year will serve as an ambassador to their profession, be provided leadership growth opportunities, and support DoDEA priorities and initiatives. 

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.