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DoDEA Pacific school districts announce 2014-15 Teachers of the Year

For Immediate Release — May 8, 2014 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

OKINAWA, JAPAN — May 8, 2014 — Each of the four Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific school districts recently announced their respective 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. Although competitively selected this school year, they will represent their respective districts during school year 2014-15 to align with the National Teacher of the Year Program sponsored by Council of Chief State School Officers.

The following DoDEA Pacific teachers were selected:


Okinawa District: Sarah McKinney, English and Literature teacher at Kadena High School. 


Japan District: Jeff Sparling, third grade teacher at The Sullivans School in Yokosuka, Japan. Click for news release.


South Korea District: Katie Biggs, kindergarten teacher at Seoul American Elementary School. 


Guam District: Donna Rhodes, first grade teacher at Andersen Elementary School. 

The overall DoDEA Teacher of the Year will be selected from among all district candidates and announcement before the end of the current school year.

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year moves on to represent all DoD schools in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Four finalists from across the U.S. will be named in January 2015. The National Teacher of the Year will be announced in April 2015 at a special CCSSO ceremony hosted in Washington DC.

About DoDEA's Teacher of the Year Program:

The annual DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program honors educators who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of their students and provided inspiration to their peers. The purpose of the DoDEA Teacher of the Year program is to recognize and promote excellence in education.

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes.

Today, DoDEA Pacific's 50 schools serve approximately 23,500 children of U.S. military-connected families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,400 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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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.