Department of Defense Education Activity

Dr. Kendra M. White - Kadena ES Principal

Dr. Kendra White is an educator with 22 years of DoDEA experience. She began her DoDEA career in Okinawa and worked at Kadena Elementary School, Bob Hope Primary School, and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School educating students for 12 years in grades two, three, and six. Her last assignment before administration included working with striving readers grades three through five at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School as a Read 180 teacher and Literacy Support Specialist.

Dr. White’s administration career began in August 2011 when she left Okinawa and became the Assistant Principal for Bitz Intermediate School and Johnson Primary School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While in Lejeune, she served as the Assistant Principal for Johnson Primary School from 2012 through 2014. During school year 2014-2015, she was promoted to Principal of Heroes Elementary School, the 21st Century Pilot School for Camp Lejeune. Dr. White left her principalship at Heroes Elementary School to accompany her Marine Corps husband on his tour to Okinawa. She was very fortunate to continue with administration as the Assistant Principal at Lester Middle School from 2015-2017. In August 2017, Dr. White was promoted to principal at E.C. Killin Elementary School. She served the E.C. Killin community for four years until being appointed principal of Kadena Elementary School in August 2021.

In 2010, Dr. White earned a Doctor of Education Degree with a major in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University, School of Education, Sarasota, Florida. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Foundations of Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership from Troy State University, Asian Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. White states, “I am honored to serve the men and women of our military and military-connected community by working with their remarkable children and helping families develop a sense of home in an overseas location. I am eager to return to Kadena Elementary School (although in a new building) where my DoDEA roots began over 22 years ago.”

Dr. White is married to retired USMC LtCol Brian White. Together, they are raising two children on Okinawa: Karsyn and Katelyn.

Dr. Kendra M. White

Kadena ES Principal


Phone: 098-961-1550/3441
Phone: 315-634-1550/3441
Unit 5166
Kadena AB
APO , AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan

Ms. Amanda J. McDonald - Kadena ES Assistant Principal

Ms. McDonald began her career in education in 2011. She started teaching for DoDEA at Yokota Air Force Base in Japan. During her time at Yokota West Elementary, Ms. McDonald taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades as well as a four/five multiage class. In 2017, Ms. McDonald reported to Camp Humphreys and taught third grade at Humphreys West Elementary School.

Ms. McDonald has held several teacher leadership positions. During her time with DoDEA, she has served as Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Chair, Co-Chair or CSI Advisor every year.

She has also served as a member of the School Advisory Committees at both Yokota West and Humphreys West. She has been a member of the District Advisory Committee and the Instillation Advisory Committee at Camp Humphreys.  At Humphreys West ES she has served as Faculty Representative for the PTSO.  She has also been a Grade Level Chair. She supported her colleagues as a FRS at Yokota West. In 2019, she was selected to be part of the Pacific West PBL team.

Ms. McDonald earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from McMurry University. Prior to teaching, Amanda worked for Classroom Connect, a Harcourt Education Company, as the National Sales Operations Manager. During this time she attended and supported the company at national educational technology conferences and professional development conferences hosted by Classroom Connect. She received a Masters of Arts in Education in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and joined DoDEA at that time.

Ms. McDonald has been affiliated with the US Military for over 30 years, both as a military spouse and as a DoDEA educator. She is the proud mother of a DoDEA graduate – her daughter, Taylor. “I have been fortunate to be a part of the military community for many years. We serve a very unique and special group of students. It is truly an honor for me to support our military connected students, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the military community at Kadena Elementary School.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends whenever possible.

Ms. Amanda J. McDonald

Kadena ES Assistant Principal


Phone: 098-961-1550/3441
Phone: 315-634-1550/3441
Unit 5166
Kadena AB
APO , AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan