Department of Defense Education Activity

Mr. Craig Maxey - Kadena HS Principal

Mr. Maxey earned a B.S. in Science Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Ball State University.

Mr. Maxey joined DoDEA in 2011, teaching middle and high school science and coaching soccer at Robert D. Edgren Middle High School. After serving at the Pacific East District Superintendent’s Office as the Secondary Science Instructional Systems Specialist, Mr. Maxey transitioned into the assistant principal position at Nile C. Kinnick High School in the fall of 2015. He was selected as the principal of Kinnick High School prior to the 2018-19 school year and served as principal at Ryukyu from 2020 to 2022.

Mr. Maxey is a Kadena High School graduate and is excited to return to his alma mater and lead the Panthers. He feels blessed and fortunate to serve the our military families that are stationed here in Okinawa.

Mr. Craig Maxey

Kadena HS Principal


Phone: 098-961-1216/1712
Phone: 315-634-1216/1712
Fax: 098-961-3323
Unit 5166
Kadena AB
APO , AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan

Japanese Mailing Address:

Kadena High School
Attn: Supply/HE7602
Bldg 9490
Kadena Air Base
Okinawa City, Okinawa JP

Mr. William L. Bragg - Kadena HS Assistant Principal

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.

Mr. William L. Bragg

Kadena HS Assistant Principal


Phone: 098-961-1216/1712
Phone: 315-634-1216/1712
Fax: 098-961-3323
Unit 5166
Kadena AB
APO , AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan

Dr. Cheri Hayes - Kadena HS Assistant Principal

Dr. Cheri Hayes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Herbert Lehman College, City University of New York in 1997. She worked in the banking industry for many years before fulfilling her lifelong dream of being an educator. Dr. Hayes attained her Master of Arts in Teaching on a full scholarship from Pathways to Teaching at Norfolk State University in 2001. In 2010, Dr. Hayes earned her Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University and her doctorate degree in Reading and Literacy at Capella University in 2019.

Dr. Cheri Hayes developed her passion for children and parent advocacy while she was employed with Norfolk Public Schools as a Parent Liaison. After completing her master’s degree, she was hired as a classroom teacher where she served in various leadership capacities. During her tenure with Norfolk Public Schools, Dr. Hayes was a fellow in the History Scholars Program in partnership with Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University. She joined the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in 2005 and was employed at Ikego Elementary School and The Sullivans Elementary School in Japan through 2009. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Hayes rejoined Norfolk Public Schools until she secured a position with Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools in 2011. In 2014, Dr. Hayes returned to Japan to join the staff at Shirley Lanham Elementary School where she initially worked as a classroom teacher and then as the Language Arts Reading Specialist.

Dr. Hayes is very knowledgeable in curriculum, instruction and assessment, data analysis and data use across grade levels. Dr. Hayes has an expertise in literacy and is also adept at leading professional development in this area as well as other areas related to effective teaching, active student engagement, best practices in instruction as well as College and Career Readiness.  She commands knowledge of standards based instruction, lesson planning, technology integration in classroom instruction, mentoring and coaching teachers.

Dr. Hayes and her husband, Carleton have three children, Alexandra, Jordan, and Jaden.

Dr. Cheri Hayes

Kadena HS Assistant Principal


Phone: 098-961-1216/1712
Phone: 315-634-1216/1712
Fax: 098-961-3323
Unit 5166
Kadena AB
APO , AP 96368-5166
Okinawa, Japan