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

Dr. James Bleecker - Kadena HS Assistant Principal

After graduating with a double major in history and social studies education, he began his teaching career in Central Florida at a Title One middle school. At this school, Dr. Bleecker worked closely with the International Baccalaureate Program, served as a gifted services provider, summer school facilitator, advisory council secretary, professional growth plan reviewer, data team leader, track coach, acting dean of discipline, and the club sponsor for the Future Educators of America, Student Government Association, and Odyssey of the Mind. 

Those leadership experiences inspired him to pursue a master's degree in educational leadership and his passion for teaching at the high school level. During the next several years, he because involved in the AVID program. As an AVID coordinator and elective teacher for an AVID National Demonstration Site, Dr. Bleecker expanded enrollment. He also became part of an AVID lobbying committee, which helped pass a Florida appropriation bill to increase funding for public schools. 

Being a child of two parents who served and met in the United States Air Force, he eventually decided to join DoDEA. Dr. Bleecker was initially selected to serve as an AVID and Social Studies teacher at Fort Knox High School, where he led the track team to a state championship and was awarded Kentucky Coach of the Year. While teaching and coaching for FKHS, he completed a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction.

Next, Dr. Bleecker transferred overseas to Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, where he served as an assistant track coach, CSI chair, department chair, and club sponsor for the cultural appreciation committee. He was involved in expanding enrollment for the Advanced Placement program and completed a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. His dissertation focused on the experiences of multiracial dependents living in overseas affiliated communities. Dr. Bleecker joined the Okinawa Community after being promoted as the Assistant Principal of Lester Middle School; his passions include health, mindfulness, and spending quality time with his family.

 

Dr. James Bleecker

Kadena HS Assistant Principal


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