Dr. Judith “Judy” Allen was selected to be the Superintendent of Schools for the DoDEA Korea District and assumed her duties on September 15, 2014. Dr. Allen is a career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience. She joined DoDEA more than 30 years ago as a classroom teacher in Europe and went on to hold a number of positions of progressive responsibility before being selected as the assistant superintendent in 2006 while in the Isles District. She transferred to the Korea District in 2011.
Dr. Allen earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and a master’s in public administration from Troy State University, European Division. She received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada – Reno.
With a portfolio of 11 schools and more than 4,000 students, the DoDEA Pacific West District’s approximately 700 professional educators and support personnel are responsible for delivering high-quality pre-K through 12th grade educational programs to military communities across the Korean peninsula. Dr. Allen inherited a rapidly-changing school district already working with military planners to relocate and consolidate several schools as part of a strategic multi-year re- stationing of U.S. military personnel south of Seoul.
Dr. Allen is very familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with military life. She was married to an Air Force veteran, and spent more than two decades transitioning with her family between military installations in Europe, the Pacific, and the U.S. She is the mother of three children, Laura, Ted, Jr. and Marc and five grandchildren. Her son, Marc is retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Missy Gingrich is an educator who began her career teaching in Louisville, Tennessee working with special needs students in an institutional setting providing instruction in all areas of secondary English, language arts, and fine arts. This teaching experience provided her with her personal educational philosophy ~ All students can learn.
Ms. Gingrich left her first teaching position to become a full-time parent as she supported her husband’s military career, relocated frequently, and raised two children. As a military spouse, Ms. Gingrich had the opportunity to be a local hire educator in DoDEA schools on three different occasions. She has taught all English Language Arts (ELA) courses from 7-12th grades, Drama I and II, Elementary Literacy Support, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), ES Reading Support, and READ 180.
In 2004, Ms. Gingrich received her first DoDEA assignment to Edgren High School in Misawa, Japan where she taught 7-12th grade ELA, ESL and READ 180. She next transitioned to the Pacific Area Office to serve as an Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) for ESOL and World Languages providing professional development and the implementation of the DoDEA WL Standards, the ESL Program Guide, and the adoption of curricula materials to support both WL and ESOL students in grades K-12. Her next DoDEA role was in Arlington, Virginia as the DoDEA Coordinator for Secondary English and Language Arts where she was able to support the finalization and rollout of the DoDEA ELA Standards for grades 6-12, development of the ELA courses for the DoDEA Virtual School, and the facilitation and written findings from the DoDEA Literacy Task Group.
In 2009, she was selected to serve at McCool Elementary and Middle School in DDESS-Guam as the Assistant Principal of the largest Pre-K through 8th grade school in DoDEA. Following Guam, she accepted the school principal leadership role at Arnn Elementary School in DoDEA-Japan. Ms. Gingrich next served as the Far East Academics Coordinator where she monitored and supported rigorous co-curricular programs and international travel for approximately 1,000 students each school year.
Ms. Gingrich joined the DoDEA Center for Instructional Leadership in 2017 as a Professional Practice and Improvement Specialist to support administrators and above-school level specialists with professional development, the implementation of the Learning Walkthrough and Focused Collaboration, as well as instructional best practices in the Europe West District. She continued the work of the DoDEA CIL in the Pacific East District at Yokota, Japan to develop high-impact educational leaders to ensure academic achievement for all DoDEA students.
Ms. Gingrich is honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Chief of Staff for the Pacific East District and is dedicated to the successful partnerships with families and communities.
Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director
Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
Chief Academic Officer
Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Associate Director for Financial & Business Operations
Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff