Dr. Joan Verrett has been with DoDEA for 17 years. Her DoDEA career began as a multi-age teacher at C.T. Joy Elementary School in Jinhae, South Korea. Dr. Verrett spent almost a decade in the Korea District as an educator, assistant principal and principal before her promotion in 2008 to Assistant Superintendent in the Bavaria District.
Serving the Bavaria District, her focuses and priorities included continuous school improvement, best instructional practices, and students meeting and exceeding high standards of learning. In January 2013, Dr. Verrett joined the Mediterranean Team as the Assistant Superintendent. Her leadership impacted a district comprised of 18 schools across 5 countries, supporting military-connected students with parents serving in the Air Force, Army, Navy and international embassies. Dr. Verrett facilitated the process of schools using formative assessments to drive instruction and meet the individual needs of all students. She has always been a strong advocate of ensuring quality instruction for special needs students.
Following her tenure in the Mediterranean District, Dr. Verrett was promoted to Deputy Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment of DoDEA Europe's 67 schools and 28,000 students across eight countries. Her focus on the roll-out of College and Career Ready Standards and Europe-wide implementation of DoDEA's Restructuring for Student Achievement enabled successful curricular and organizational transitions to enhance learning opportunities and maximize resources at the school-level. Dr. Verrett' work as a liaison with senior U.S. military leaders in the European theater cemented a strong foundation for lasting partnerships to support military-connected students and their families.
In August of 2008, Dr. Verrett was presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for her effort in creating a Parent University and preparing and planning for the reconfiguration of Humphreys Elementary School to a K-8 Elementary/Middle School. In 2003, Dr. Verrett was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. She won the DoDEA award in the area of elementary mathematics.
Dr. Verrett earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. She completed a Master's of Science Degree in Foundations of Education at Troy University, while in Seoul, Korea, and a Doctorates Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University, Orange County, California.
Dr. Verrett actively focuses on Continuous Improvement in all areas and levels of education. She firmly believes that all students can and will learn and is a strong advocate for advances in DoDEA special education programs.
"It is our charge as educators to uncover the unique strengths and talents that lie within each of our students and to patiently yet persistently guide all students towards reaching their full potential. In partnership with our parents and local community, we can create a strong support system to nurture our children as they realize their goals and dreams."
Dr. Verrett is proud to be an educational leader in a system that has the privilege of serving the families that serve our Nation and is committed to the full implementation of College and Career Readiness Standards and 21st Century Teaching, Leading and Learning across DoDEA schools.
Mrs. Gamble has served in a variety of positions in her 18 year career in education. Ronneeke began as a Technology Teacher and Boys Basketball Coach at Midway Middle School in Midway/Hinesville, Georgia. Mrs. Gamble taught 8th Grade English and continued to motivate students as a coach for boys basketball at Baker Middle School in Columbus, Georgia as well as at South Girard School in Phenix City, Alabama. She continued to expand her support of education in leadership positions as she served as an Academic Coach and Assistant Principal for Phenix City Elementary School for one year. Continuing to broaden her leadership skillset, Mrs. Gamble spent the next four years as Academic Coach and Assistant Principal for Phenix City Intermediate School.
During her tenure, Mrs. Gamble was named Phenix City’s School District Secondary Teacher of the Year and Troy University’s Outstanding Educational Specialist Instructional Leadership and Administration Student. She not only shines in her instructional leader role, but is also Autism Certified, STEM trained at the administrator’s level by Discovery Education, and is Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) trained at the administrator level. Additionally, Mrs. Gamble has worked closely with special needs, 504 and gifted students, led professional learning communities focusing on common core standards and using data driven instruction to increase the learning of all students.
Mrs. Gamble understands the needs and the challenges of the military families that we serve at Fort Benning. As a military wife and daughter, she experienced the permanent change of stations, deployments, family separations due to temporary duty assignments and even times of war. She has been married for 31 years to her husband, Eddie, and they have two children that have served in the United States Army and United States Airforce.