Dr. Djuna Crowder was named principal of Kessler Elementary School in August of 2011. At the time of her hiring, Dr. Samantha Ingram, South Carolina/Fort Stewart/DoDDS-Cuba District Superintendent was quoted saying "Dr. Crowder's experience and knowledge of continuous improvement and research-based best practices will be instrumental in continuing the outstanding progress of Kessler Elementary School's faculty and staff. We are excited to have her as a member of our team!"
Dr. Crowder began her teaching career, in 1992, in the Fort Knox community school in the Kentucky District of DDESS. In 1997, she went to DoDDS-Pacific as a third-grade teacher at Yokota East Elementary School, Yokota AFB, Japan. In 1998, she moved to Yokota West Elementary School as a guidance counselor. In 2008, she began her career as a school administrator at Sollars Elementary School in Misawa, Japan, as an assistant principal.
Dr. Crowder earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and her teaching credentials from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and her Master's Degree in Education (School Counseling) from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla., in 2008.
Dr. Crowder and her husband grew up in military families. Five of her siblings are either serving or have served in the United States military. Her son, who resides in Florida, is a DoDEA graduate.