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For Immediate Release — July 3, 2008 | Pacific
Charles Steitz: Public Affairs Officer | DSN: 644-5657

TORII STATION, OKINAWA , JAPAN — July 3, 2008 — Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce the selection of Martha Brown as the new Superintendent for the Okinawa District, Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Pacific.

Brown comes to the Pacific from the position of Community Superintendent, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  She has served in that position since 2004.  Prior to that Brown spent two years as principal at Lejeune High School and several years as a high school principal at Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern High Schools.  She served as Education Program Manager beginning in 1987 at Kaiserslautern Elementary School. Teaching assignments were in Berchtesgaden Elementary and Ramstein Junior High Schools in Germany. 
Prior to joining DoDEA, Brown taught in Gainesville, Georgia, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Martha joined DoDDS in 1981.

Brown acquired her Master’s Degree in Education from North Georgia College in 1979.  She achieved an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Supervision from Converse College in 1988 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, in 1968.

Dr. Bresell stated, "Martha joins the high performing Okinawa district team, working in partnership with the community, and continuing the tradition of educational excellence for our students. We are extremely fortunate to have this well qualified individual as one of our Pacific leaders. Martha brings to the Okinawa District a philosophy that schools represent the foundation for the communities we serve and that teachers are a precious resource. Her skills as a communicator come to us as we take on many new challenges and opportunities relating to transformation and realignment.”

Martha Brown replaces Dr. Gayle Vaughn-Wiles, who was selected to serve as the Superintendent for (DDESS) Guam.

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Unit 35007
APO, AP 96376
DSN: 315-644-5657
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The initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts for the Pacific to include Guam, Japan, Okinawa, South Korea. The office is responsible for media relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.