Department of Defense Education Activity

Ms. Nedra A. Jones - Lester MS Principal

Ms. Jones was born in Heidelberg, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, Ms. Jones attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi where she received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education with a Minor in Special Education. Ms. Jones received a Universal Special Education Certification from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ms. Jones has served as an administrator across the spectrum; elementary, middle and high school. Before beginning her career in administration, Ms. Jones teaching experiences included Early Childhood Special Education, Learning Impairment Specialist, Language Arts and Reading Specialist, Literacy Support Specialist and General Education teacher. Ms. Jones’ teaching experiences have been both in state- side schools and in the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific.

Ms. Jones has held numerous leadership roles throughout her educational career. She has served as chairperson for Continuous School Improvement, Partnerships-in-Education, School Climate and Culture Committees and various Mentorship Programs. In addition, she has served as a Curriculum Implementation Facilitator, Professional Staff Developer, Teacher Mentor and Graduate Study Group facilitator. Ms. Jones has served on the School Advisory Council and PTO board.

Ms. Jones has two daughters that are graduates of DoDDS Schools both Europe and Pacific Regions. She enjoys outdoor sports and activities. Ms. Jones is an enthusiast of whole living which allows her to pursue her love of cooking, fitness, travel, family and friends.

Ms. Jones served as Acting Principal and Lester Middle School and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the work with the students, teachers, parents and the community on Camp Lester. Together as a team we thrive for excellence and the overall success of our students.

Ms. Nedra A. Jones

Lester MS Principal


Phone: 098-970-7787
Phone: 315-645-7787
Fax: 098-970-7211
Unit 35015
Camp Lester
FPO , AP 96373-5015
Okinawa, Japan

Dr. James Bleecker - Lester MS 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 masters 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's passions include staying healthy, fostering best practices, mentoring youth, and spending time with my amazing wife Emily and our three young children: Mikayla, Madison, and Maxwell. He is very excited to join the Lester Middle School family and the Okinawa Community.

 

Dr. James Bleecker

Lester MS Assistant Principal


Phone: 098-970-7787
Phone: 315-645-7787
Fax: 098-970-7211
Unit 35015
Camp Lester
FPO , AP 96373-5015
Okinawa, Japan