Mr. Romero originally hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, but grew up in the Grand Canyon state in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the DoDEA family in 2003 as a sixth-grade teacher at Daegu American School, where the journey began. During the span of Mr. Romero’s DoDEA career he has served in various roles such as teacher, chairperson of several grade levels and departments, continuous improvement chair, mentor teacher coordinator, Pacific Literacy Initiative leader and other various leadership roles, ultimately becoming an assistant principal for Seoul American Elementary School and Osan Middle High School. Being from Arizona, he received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Bilingual Elementary Education in 1999, and his master’s degree in 2001 in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He continues to educate himself because he is a lifelong learner.
Mr. Romero provides positive, professional leadership that makes a difference in the lives of the students and staff he supports. Mr. Romero focuses on student success and implements best practices for teaching and learning. He has built positive relationships with all stakeholders in his schools. Mr. Romero inspires those around him to be better as he continues to learn and grow with his teachers and community. Mr. Romero values integrity, sincerity, truthfulness, fairness, and honesty in his leadership and prioritizes the needs of students and teachers.
Mr. Romero is excited to be serving the community of Humphreys West Elementary School as principal. He will be joining the strong and dedicated Osprey Family where “OSPREY LEAD THE WAY”. Mr. Romero wants all to know that “Together we will offer excellence in education for every student, every day and everywhere!”.
Mr. Willard Earl Clites IV currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Humphreys West Elementary School. Prior to coming to Humphreys West ES, Mr. Clites was the Assistant Principal at Baumholder Middle High School in Baumholder, Germany and before that Vilseck Elementary School in Vilseck, Germany. Prior to that, he was a classroom teacher for 11 years, 8 of which have been with DoDEA, and has experience teaching grades 2nd through 6th. He began his teaching career in Las Vegas, NV, before joining DoDEA where he has since taught at 3 separate schools in Japan and South Korea. Mr. Clites thoroughly enjoys this opportunity to serve the students, staff, and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz community within the Europe East District.
Mr. Clites completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University earning a degree in Elementary Education. He then completed his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. He is passionate about the collaborative learning process and is eager to grow together with those he serves as they share knowledge, skills, insights, and expertise to improve the educational experience for all students and staff. He firmly believes that all children are capable of learning as they are challenged and engaged in rigorous College and Career Ready standards-based activities. He knows that as students become active and engaged learners, they can reach their full potential to become contributing and successful citizens in our dynamic world.
Mr. Clites is accompanied by his wife and 6 children. He is a product of the DoDEA system as his father was an active-duty pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and so he understands firsthand the opportunities and challenges that military-connected families and children experience. He embraces all stakeholders of this vibrant community as we become one big “Bucanneer Family” focused on student achievement and success. He is very excited to continue to build upon the established reputation that Baumholder Middle High School is the best place to learn and work in DoDEA.