Ms. Hurst was born in Southern California but raised in a variety of countries as her parents pursued their careers with the Department of Defense Education Activity, formerly known as Department of Defense Dependent Schools. Ms. Hurst returned to the U.S. to attend the University of California, Irvine and earned a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Spanish. She later earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She began her teaching career in 1990 outside of Bakersfield, California. In 1991, she joined DoDEA as a teacher in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Hurst taught Social Studies and Spanish for many years at both the middle and high school levels. She was also extensively involved in extra-curricular activities both in coaching and student government in Korea, Guam and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Hurst returned to California in 2002 and moved into administration in 2006, serving as an Assistant Principal in Activities, Supervision, Guidance and Special Education in the Huntington Beach Union High School District for eight years. In 2013, Ms. Hurst accepted a position as Principal at TeWinkle Middle School in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. While Principal, she worked with staff to implement a series of academic and behavior interventions that earned the school a Gold Ribbon Award, and Title I Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, the first recognition from the State of California in almost 30 years.
In 2017, Ms. Hurst accepted the position of Principal of the Sullivans Elementary School. Moving into an elementary school was a new experience for her, and she enjoyed learning all about primary education. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a kind and professional staff.
Ms. Hurst accepted the Principal position at Kinnick High School in March of 2021. She is excited to join the Red Devil team of respected educators at KHS.
Dr. Quiana Obeng affectionately known as “Dr. Q”, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fordham University and worked as an internal auditor for two years at Price Water House Coopers, LLC. Dr. Q decided that she wanted to marry her true passions: empowering youth, acting and numbers. As a result, she became a secondary math teacher by earning her Master’s in Math Education from Herbert Lehman College and her Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees from Argosy University, Atlanta.
Dr. Obeng was one of the founding teachers of a premier single gender middle/high school. Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKWYLA) in the Atlanta Public Schools district. While at CSKYWLA, she served as a Math Data Team Leader, Chair of the School Leadership Team, a mentor teacher and was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year. She continued her work as an Instructional Coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary where she worked coached teachers, created and facilitated professional development to support student achievement on the school level, complex, region and district.
In 2015, Dr. Quiana Obeng relocated to the Pacific East District Superintendent’s office where she served as the Secondary Math Instructional Systems Specialist. In this position, Dr. Q was honored to support all 20 schools by working directly with building leaders and teachers in the Pacific East District in varying capacities. In 2018, Dr. Obeng proudly accepted the call to serve as the Assistant Principal of Nile C. Kinnick High School and a member of the Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka community. It is in this role that Dr. Q is afforded the opportunity to assist students in reaching their full academic, social and emotional potential.
Dr. Quiana Obeng is a devoted wife and mother of 3 intelligent and talented children. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Q working in the community while representing her beloved organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.