Principal Kris Kwiatek joined Kadena High School, the largest DoDEA High School in the Pacific, in December 2015 after serving as the Principal of Kadena Middle School. Kwiatek recently received the honor of being named the 2019 DoDEA Pacific Principal of the year. Prior to arriving in Okinawa, Kwiatek was assigned to DoDDS Korea, now known as the Pacific West District, where he opened a new high school in Daegu, South Korea. Kwiatek served as the Principal of Daegu High school since November 2010. Prior to serving as the Principal of DHS, Kwiatek was the assistant principal of Seoul American High School and prior to that he served as the assistant principal at Seoul American Elementary School. Kwiatek joined DoDEA in 2003 as a teacher in the Japan District before accepting a position as an Instructional Systems Support Specialist at the Korea District Superintendent’s office.
Mr. Kwiatek was born in Jackson, Michigan and spent most of his childhood in Traverse City, Michigan. Prior to entering the field of Education, Mr. Kwiatek was in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Maryland and later went on to earn a master’s degree in Education. He also holds a master’s degree from Northcentral University in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership
Kwiatek has four children and his oldest daughter, Alyssa, currently attends Michigan State University. His other children, two daughters and one son, are here in Okinawa with the Kwiatek family. When speaking about his children, Kwiatek stated, “One of things I am most proud of is that my children attend DoDEA schools and I am proud to be part of the DoDEA and Military family here in Japan.” When asked what he enjoyed most about being the Principal of Kadena High School, he responded, “By far, working with students as they progress through high school, and developing strong relationships with their parents, teachers, and coaches.”
Mr. Bragg was born in Texarkana, Texas. After graduating high school, he joined the US Army as a Fire Support Specialist and served tours at Ft. Hood, TX, and Ft. Lewis WA. After the military, Mr. Bragg attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Master of Education. Additionally, he earned an Education Specialist degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.
Mr. William Bragg is the current Assistant Principal at Kadena High School. Before starting at Kadena, Mr. Bragg also served as the assistant principal at ECK Elementary School, Ryukyu Middle School, McIntosh County Middle School, and Bradwell Institute High School (Hinesville, GA). Mr. Bragg’s educational experience includes teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. He has been in education for over 22 years. Mr. Bragg has served on numerous school advisory councils and boards. Mr. Bragg is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Bragg has two daughters and two sons. One daughter is a graduate of DoDEA Pac-South Kadena High School. He is passionate about education and the opportunities it holds for children. He enjoys sports and mentoring senior students.
Ms. Phillips began her DoDEA career in 2009 at Kadena High School, where she was a Learning Impaired and English Language Arts teacher. She considers it a great honor to return and serve the KDHS community once again. In her 10 years teaching in Okinawa, Ms. Phillips has also taught Special Education at Bechtel Elementary School and English Language Arts at Kadena Middle School.
Ms. Phillips has held many leadership roles throughout her career. She has served as Site Literacy Leader, Content Area Specialist, Continuous School Improvement Chair, Teacher Mentor, and twice as a Curriculum Task Group member. At Kadena Middle School she helped lead professional development with respect to the CCRS implementation. While a teacher at Kadena High School, Ms. Phillips actively sought to mentor students through extracurricular activities. She was a class sponsor, Homework Club coordinator, and Student Support Team committee member. Ms. Phillips also coached volleyball, softball, and cheerleading.
Ms. Phillips is from Windsor, Illinois. After graduating from high school, Ms. Phillips attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education, minoring in English Literature. Ms. Phillips received a Master’s Degree in American History from American Military University and her Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
Ms. Phillips is the daughter of a US Army veteran. She has been married for seven years to her husband Tyler, a US Air Force veteran. They have a two year old daughter, Cressida, who keeps them quite busy. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, exploring, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Phillips looks forward to serving the students, staff, and community at Kadena High School. She is passionate about supporting high school students as they prepare to enter a diverse global community.