Mr. Hernandez comes to Maxwell ES/MS from Kadena High School, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, where he was the assistant principal. He also served as the assistant principal at Bob Hope Primary School and at Stearley Heights Elementary School, both also on Kadena Air Base. During his teaching career, Mr. Hernandez taught English as a Second Language, in grades K-12, all levels of Spanish in grades 7-12, AVID in grades 7-12 and middle school social studies and also served as the Pacific Area Instructional Systems Specialist for World Languages.
"It is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of Mr. Paul Hernandez for Principal at Maxwell Elementary and Middle School. Mr. Hernandez excels in developing a shared vision among stakeholders, continuous school improvement, and building relationships with students, families, faculty, command, and community stakeholders," said Dr. Christy Huddleston, Georgia/Alabama District Superintendent. "He has personally and professionally invested his career in serving military families and students through DoDEA schools and is honored to be selected as the leader for Maxwell Elementary and Middle School." Mr. Hernandez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University in 1996, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Hattiesburg in 2003, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State College in 2013.
He and his wife, Janelle, have been married for 25 years and have four children. His oldest two children only attended and graduated from DoDEA schools. One graduated from Prattville High School shortly after arriving to Maxwell. The three graduates currently attend Brigham Young University. His youngest is in middle school this year.
Ms. Pittman started her career as a data analyst before starting a career in education. As a teacher, Ms. Pittman has taught mathematics at the middle, high, and college levels. Additionally, she has worked as an assistant principal in elementary, middle, and high school.
Additionally, she worked a as program specialist for K-12 Mathematics, where she was responsible for establishing the District 5-year plan, for K-12 Curriculum Development, and for K-12 Mathematics Staff Development. She was also a district trainer for Making Standards Work, Ruby Payne’s Aha! Process, Professional Learning Communities, and was a Kagan Dynamic Trainer.
“Education is not only the great equalizer, it is the gateway for each student to develop their individual potential,” said Ms. Pittman. “Only through opening doors to exciting and new learning adventures can students explore who they can grow to be. “
Ms. Pittman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics at Winthrop University, and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. She has certifications in teaching mathematics and Educational Leadership.
She is a veteran, who served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician.