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Netzaberg ES: Administrator Bios

Mr. Arturo Rivera - Netzaberg ES Principal

Mr. Rivera enjoyed his first career as a United States Marine serving over twenty years. During his service in the U. S. Marine Corps he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland Asian Division. Mr. Rivera went on to attend the University of Maryland College Park where he received a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services. After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 he received his teaching certificate from the state of Texas.

Following his military retirement, Mr. Rivera was quickly picked up by the McKinney, Texas ISD where he was selected by the Superintendent's office to attend the school district sponsored School Administrator Certification Program. Upon completion of the program Mr. Rivera received a Masters of Arts in School Administration from Dallas Baptist University and a school administrator certificate from the state of Texas.

In 2008 Mr. Rivera was selected by DoDEA for a teaching position in Stuttgart, Germany. While in Stuttgart, he participated as a member of many committees to include the School Advisory Committee, Installation Advisory Committee, Union representative, and the Continuous School Improvement team.

In 2013, Mr. Rivera was selected as Assistant Principal at Naples Elementary School in Naples, Italy where the core of his commitment and educational priorities included fostering positive relationships with all stakeholders to build a healthy school environment, promoting student success, and student safety.

Most recently, Mr. Rivera has served as the Principal at Matthew C. Perry Elementary School located at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. During his tenure at M.C. Perry, Mr. Rivera restructured the school to better serve students and community. Additionally, Mr. Rivera successfully opened two new elementary schools transitioning M.C. Perry ES from a Pre-K to 6th Grades school to two separate schools (M.C. Perry ES, Pre-K to 2nd Grades and Iwakuni ES, 3rd to 5th Grades).

Mr. Rivera has enjoyed 30 years of marriage to Margaret Rivera, a school counselor at Naples Elementary. The Rivera's have two children, Roberto and Nina. Roberto is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and Nina is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College Asian Division.

Mr. Rivera is eager and excited to join the team at Netzaberg Elementary School as the newest member of the administration.

Mr. Arturo Rivera

Netzaberg ES Principal


Phone: 0611-1435-452077
Phone: 314-545-2077
Netzaberg Elementary School
Unit 28130
APO , AE 09114-0005
Germany