Ms. Mullins attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sports Management. Ms. Mullins received a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Ms. Mullins’ DoDEA experience includes working as a Learning Impaired Mild to Moderate Needs Special Education teacher at Netzaberg Elementary School in Germany and Assistant Principal at three elementary schools in the Pacific East District. Prior to DoDEA, she held positions in elementary, middle, and high schools. She taught as an affective needs teacher, mild/moderate needs teacher, and fourth grade teacher in Colorado Springs and served the military community of Fountain-Fort Carson in this capacity. Ms. Mullins has extensive experience in supporting students with social, emotional, behavioral, and academic areas.
Serving in various leadership roles throughout her educational career, Ms. Mullins has actively participated in district and school-wide initiatives including Positive Behavior Support (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RtI), Behavior Evaluation Support Team (BEST), Accreditation and Accountability, and Teacher Mentoring. She has acquired professional training in a variety of areas which focus on data driven instruction, social-emotional learning, and continuous school improvement.
Ms. Mullins has a passion for educating and engaging all children with a special fondness for military-connected students, whose resilience and bravery inspire her daily. She believes in empowering individuals to be lifelong learners and knows all students can achieve success with high expectations and appropriate support. Ms. Mullins values connecting and collaborating with students, families, staff, and community members to provide well-rounded opportunities for growth and celebration for our students.
Ms. Mullins values quality time with her husband, who is a U.S. Army Veteran, as well as their three children. She enjoys embarking on new adventures and making memories with her family. She also enjoys photography and is a sports enthusiast. Ms. Mullins is excited to continue to work with the students, staff, families, and community members in Iwakuni.
Andrea Prior started her educational teaching career supporting diverse populations in Arizona. Having been raised in a family of educators, her trait of being an active lifelong learner was developed at an early age and she continues to share her passion for learning. Ms. Prior joined DODEA in 2002 as a teacher at R.E. Byrd Elementary located in Yokohama, Japan. She has continued to serve the Yokosuka complex in many teaching roles to include Sure Start, kindergarten through fifth grade, Literacy Support Specialist and as an ESOL teacher at The Sullivans School and Ikego Elementary. Most recently she has been working as the Information Specialist at Ikego Elementary School in Zushi, Japan.
As an educational leader, Ms. Prior has 20 years of on-site teaching experiences and expertise wherein she has devoted time to strengthening instructional practices, building a positive culture of communication to ensure support and alignment of shared initiatives through her roles as a team leader, CSI Chair, CSI Data Chair, Student Support Team Chair and Focused Collaboration committee work. She believes trust, active listening, real world experiences and a shared vision helps to keep students at the heart of what we do.
Ms. Prior holds degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with emphasis areas in Multicultural and Diverse Education, English and Music. She also has earned Advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration with a focus on Curriculum and Assessment. In addition, she holds certifications in Information Specialist in Library Science, English as a Second Language, and a Reading Support Specialist.
She looks forward to getting to know and working together with the Iwakuni Schools and Community to help ensure every student has opportunities to succeed and be provided with the tools they need and deserve to grow as learners in a safe and caring environment.