For Immediate Release — May 8, 2019 | PAC-East
Frank O'Gara: DoDEA Communications | (571) 372-0613
ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 8, 2019 — ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 8, 2019 — Dr. Steven R. Bloom, District Superintendent for DoDEA Pacific East, will retire on June 30, 2019, after 37 years of service to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
Dr. Bloom began his career with DoDEA as a special education teacher in 1982 at Torrejon AB, in Madrid, Spain. He credits his start with DoDEA to being at the right place at the right time.
Dr. Bloom served multiple tours at Torrejon as a special education teacher, special needs counselor, and residence hall coordinator at Torrejon High School; as well as assistant principal at Royal Oaks Elementary School. From August 1990 through June 1992, he served as the Principal of Torrejon Elementary School, Madrid, Spain.
Prior to joining DoDEA, Bloom worked for the Palm Beach County Schools in Florida, and in Albuquerque, NM as a child development specialist in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Hospital and earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1985.
Throughout his career with DoDEA, Dr. Bloom has held various leadership positions serving in Spain, Italy, Okinawa, Guam, and mainland Japan., including Deputy Director from October 2000 to August 2010. Dr. Bloom also served as acting director for DoDEA Pacific from November 2011 to June 2012.
In a career that spans almost 40 years, Dr. Bloom has witnessed, and helped to lead, incredible change as the school system has evolved over the years. As a superintendent, he sees the changes in College and Career Readiness as the most important priority for DoDEA.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of a system that values what our Servicemembers do and understand the obligation we have to support them worldwide in taking care of their children.”
Bloom says that he will miss his working relationships with his colleagues after he retires.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Bloom is looking forward to returning to the United States with his wife and spending more time with his 3 sons and daughter after 37 years of service to military families; but will miss the close-knit military communities to which they have belonged for almost 4 decades.
“I think I'm going to miss the camaraderie of the communities, the camaraderie of living on the base, the camaraderie of being with people who are mission-driven. Our children lived in safe, secure environments. When I looked at the college essays that my kids wrote, one of the things they talk about is how the richness and the diversity of our communities overseas made them into the people that they are today. The appreciation for everyone and understanding of our differences, that is what I’ll miss.”
All of us at DoDEA congratulate Dr. Bloom on his retirement! It has truly been an honor working with him, and we wish him the best in the years to come!
Sayōnara. さようなら, Dr. Bloom!
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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.