As Principal, Joan K. Mendel Elementary School, Ms. Young will dedicate herself to creating partnerships with all stakeholders, ensuring that all students receive excellent instruction, every day, promoting DoDEA’s vision, purpose, and goals. Ms. Young is very excited to meet and get to know the students, families, staff, and community members who are a part of the Joan K. Mendel Elementary School family.
Ms. Young is a strong proponent of building relationships with all stakeholders, listening to concerns, and being available and visible to the community. “I look forward to building strong teams to help move Joan K. Mendel Elementary School forward to solidifying itself as a strong, student-centered, successful school.” Ms. Young is also
a strong instructional leader, modeling and working with staff on best practices, especially in the area of 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
Ms. Young brings to Joan K. Mendel Elementary School twelve years of service in the U.S. Air Force and twenty years of education experience, ten of which have been in DoDEA. Born in Germany to an Army Chaplain’s Assistant, Ms. Young spent most of her childhood in California where she started her teaching career. She has taught all grades, first through eighth, eventually moving to Arizona where she was a classroom teacher, a gifted education teacher, and an educational technologist. She joined DoDEA as an educational technologist in Spangdahlem, Germany before moving down to Ramstein, Germany. In 2015, she was promoted to Assistant Principal for Zukeran Elementary School in Okinawa and then promoted to Principal in 2018 for Yokota West Elementary School, Japan.
Ms. Young earned her associates degree with Community College of the Air Force, her bachelor degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and her two master degrees from Grand Canyon University.
Ms. Young is proud to be the mother of two, Ashli and Joshua, and the grandmother of three boys, all of whom live in Arizona. In her free time she loves to read, do cross-stitch, and sing.