Ms. Choi grew up in Walnut, California. She attended the University of California, Irvine and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon graduating, Ms. Choi moved to Seoul, Korea and attended Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies where she received a Master of Arts in Korean Studies. After working at LG Electronics in Korea, Ms. Choi returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in education. She later received a Master of Arts in Education and Master of Science in Administration and Educational Leadership at Pepperdine University.
Ms. Choi taught in the Korean Dual Language Program with Los Angeles Unified School District and was a member of the Korean Language Arts Standards and Curriculum committees at the district office. With this experience, Ms. Choi joined DoDEA to teach Korean Language Immersion at Humphreys Central Elementary School. She truly enjoyed her time connecting with students in her classroom and providing meaningful learning activities about the Korean language and culture.
In 2017, Ms. Choi transitioned from the classroom to administration first at Daegu Elementary School then to Humphreys Central Elementary School in 2018 as assistant principal. In 2020 Osan Elementary School acquired Ms. Choi’s talent as principal.
As an administrator, Ms. Choi builds collaborative relationships with students, teachers and parents. Her passion for education translates into mutual respect and close working relationships with stakeholders to meet the needs of Osan’s Mighty Mustangs!
LaRhonda Ware received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she also earned a master’s degree in English Education. She began her teaching career in Richmond, Virginia, where she taught Language Arts and Speech courses. During this time, Ms. Ware served on several curriculum resource development teams and collaborated with teachers and administrators throughout the district to evaluate, revise and develop curriculum resources for the English/Language Arts program.
Ms. Ware’s teaching career continued in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent several years teaching Language Arts and Journalism in Fulton County and later for Gwinnett County schools. During her time in the Gwinnett County school system, Ms. Ware served as a mentor teacher, grade level team leader and technology coach for her colleagues. She was also selected to serve on district-wide teams that reviewed and developed Language Arts common assessments, and Common Core curriculum resources. She also represented her school in the district-wide strategic planning committee (GEMS) for three years. During this time, Ms. Ware earned her Specialist’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Instructional Technology where she focused on ways to best use technology to support writing instruction.
Ms. Ware started her career in DoDEA as the English/Language Arts ISS for the North Carolina District. Throughout her time in North Carolina, Ms. Ware worked with teachers in grades 4-12 to improve Language Arts instruction. She later served as the CSI ISS for the Camp Lejeune District. From there, Ms. Ware accepted the opportunity to work with the DoDEA Virtual High School in Okinawa, Japan, as a virtual school teacher. During this time, Ms. Ware completed research to earn a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of West Georgia. She went on to serve the teachers in the Pacific East District as the ELA ISS. Dr. Ware saw the value of the Center for Instructional Leadership and accepted the opportunity to further support educators across the region as a Professional Development Specialist.
Mrs. Ware is married and loves being the mother of a college graduate and a rising second grader. Ms. Ware is a native New Yorker, who enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is excited about this opportunity to continue her work as a part of the Pacific West administrative team as a cheerleader for all of our Mighty, Mighty Mustangs at Osan American Elementary School. Go Mustangs!