For Immediate Release — May 17, 2019 | Pacific
Frank O'Gara: Director, Communications | 571-372-0613
OKINAWA, JAPAN — May 17, 2019 — The Pacific Region has announced that Dr. Judith “Judy” Allen has been selected to be the District Superintendent of Schools for the DoDEA Pacific East (Mainland Japan) District for the coming school year. Dr. Allen is a career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience. She currently serves as the District Superintendent for the DoDEA Pacific West (Korea) District.
Dr. Allen joined DoDEA 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.
In her new role, Dr. Allen will have leadership and oversight responsibilities for 20 schools in the Pacific East District, which is projected to serve over 8,299 students. DoDEA Pacific East professional educators and support personnel are responsible for delivering high-quality pre-K through 12th grade educational programs to students in 7 military communities across mainland Japan.
Dr. Allen has worked closely with military commands in Korea to relocate and consolidate several schools as part of a strategic multi-year re-stationing of U.S. military personnel south of Seoul. While she is excited to be joining the Pacific East team, she will miss her time on the Korean peninsula.
“It has been a definite honor and privilege to serve the Pacific West District for the past eight years. It has been a pleasure working with such talented students, dedicated teachers and administrators, supportive parents and military partners. I am looking forward to continuing to serve on the Pacific team where my world-wide journey began at Tachikawa AB, Japan, years ago as a military spouse,” said Allen.
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.
Dr Allen will replace Dr. Steven Bloom, the outgoing District Superintendent for the Pacific East District who is retiring after 37 years of service. She will assume her new role in early August.
In announcing this leadership transition, DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence, Lois Rapp, noted, “Dr. Allen is an exemplary leader who has the knowledge and skills to continue the legacy of quality education and outstanding opportunities for students in the Pacific East schools.”
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.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.
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The DoDEA Pacific Public Affairs Office 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.