Department of Defense Education Activity

Yokota AB Schools Community Superintendent Bio

Mrs. Sonya Gates - CFA Sasebo, Misawa AB, Yokota AB Community Superintendent

Mrs. Gates began her career with DoDEA in 2006 as an Instructional System Specialist for Distance Learning/Blackboard. Mrs. Gates also served as an instructional designer and assisted in the development of the DoDEA Virtual High School. Mrs. Gates later became the Instructional System Specialist for Career Technical Education for DoDEA Americas. During that time Mrs. Gates provided leadership in developing the Science Technology Education Mathematics (STEM) DoDEA Americas Area Initiative. Mrs. Gates also established strategic partnerships with Georgia Institute of Technology/CESMIC/NASA program, the Gwinnett Science and Mathematics Academy, Gwinnett Heritage Center and other local educational agencies to extend educational opportunities for students and professional learning experiences for teachers. Mrs. Gates served as a team member on the DoDEA Headquarters Task Force for the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards rollout and implementation; participated in the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics (CCRSM) Assessment in the Spring 2015; and co- developed and facilitated College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics training for special education teachers throughout DoDEA Americas. Mrs. Gates also served as a team member on the 21st Century Teaching, Learning and Leading Education Task group and co-developed and facilitated the 21st Century Teaching and Learning professional development for DoDEA Americas administrators and teachers during the opening of the first DoDEA 21st Century School, Hampton Elementary School.

Mrs. Gates is an experienced educator with more than 28 years of instruction, curriculum development and management experience in both K-12 and post-secondary education. Mrs. Gates began her career teaching chemistry at Dekalb College in Clarkston, Georgia. She later became certified in secondary science education and was a high school science teacher for Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Gates also served as the director of a satellite campus for Mercer University College for Adult Learners and later worked as the lead Instructional Technology Specialist at Spelman College for the Science, Mathematics and Technology departments, working to integrate technology and build virtual learning opportunities for faculty and students.

“Mrs. Gates brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Pacific East District,” Dr. Ferguson said. “As Community Superintendent, her collaborative leadership style and strong understanding of student learning, curriculum, and instruction will benefit students, staff, families, and the greater military communities we serve.”

During her career Mrs. Gates has focused on improving instruction for students and increasing the professional capacity of educators by designing and facilitating professional development both online and face to face for school administrators, teachers and educational staff. Mrs. Gates believes it is her responsibility that every child receives the best education with the most talented educators in a caring, accepting, and positive environment.

Mrs. Gates holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Jackson State University and a master’s degree in Science Education from Clark Atlanta University. Mrs. Gates obtained her Specialist in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2010.

Mrs. Gates has been married for 25 years to her husband, Ralph, and they share three sons. As a family they enjoy traveling, bowling and meeting new people. They are strong advocates for students with special needs and participate in local and national advocacy organizations to show their support.

Mrs. Sonya Gates

CFA Sasebo Schools,Misawa AB Schools,Yokota AB Schools Community Superintendent

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Phone: 042-552-2510 ext. 53940
Phone: 315-225-3940
DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent Office
Unit 5072
APO , AP 96328

DoDEA HQ Leadership

Mr. Thomas M. Brady DoDEA Director

Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
HQ Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Robert M. Brady Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Jay Burcham Chief of Staff

Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff

DoDEA Region and District Leadership


Dr. Judith A. Minor Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Americas Director for Student Excellence

Mr. Stephen Hovanic Chief of Staff

DoDEA Americas Chief of Staff

Dr. Samantha Ingram Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

DoDEA Americas Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Mr. Greg Bull District Superintendent

Southeast District Superintendent

Mr. Kent Worford District Superintendent

Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent


Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence

Dr. Charles "Chas" Kelker Chief of Staff

DoDEA Europe Chief of Staff

Jorma Young Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Europe Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Mr. Steven Sanchez District Superintendent

Europe East District Superintendent

Dr. Jason Ter Horst District Superintendent

Europe West District Superintendent

Dr. Jeff Arrington District Superintendent

Europe South District Superintendent


Ms. Lois J. Rapp Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence

Mr. Todd Schlitz Chief of Staff

DoDEA Pacific Chief of Staff

Dr. Christopher Marczak Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

DoDEA Pacific Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Dr. Jackie Ferguson District Superintendent

Pacific East District Superintendent

Dr. Melissa Hayes District Superintendent

Pacific South District Superintendent

Dr. Jacob Sherwood District Superintendent

Pacific West District Superintendent