For Immediate Release — October 18, 2019 | PAC-South
Paul J. Stevenson: Public Affairs Officer | Voice: DSN: (315) 644-5665 (Japan), Local (098) 953-5665
OKINAWA, JAPAN — October 18, 2019 — The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific South District Superintendent’s office has announced that Mr. James Strait has been selected as the Principal of Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Strait comes to Okinawa from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, where he served as the Principal of Ramey School.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Strait began his career in 2000 teaching physical education and health at a high school in Minnesota. He was promoted to Assistant Principal in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Strait became Principal of the only school in Minneapolis with a JROTC program. For eight years, Mr. Strait was the Principal for General Colin Powell JROTC High School and Banaadir Academy Elementary/Middle School. Each school met Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. After 12 successful years in the Minnesota schools, Mr. Strait chose to follow his dream of working with military children and was named an Assistant Principal at Fort Campbell High School in Ky., a position he held until moving to Fort Buchanan, PR, in 2015 where he served as Assistant Principal of Antilles Middle School.
Mr. Strait began his undergraduate college career at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minn where he attended on a track and field scholarship. There he joined the Army Reserves and became an active duty soldier upon graduating in 1994. He earned his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Capella University. A veteran with 22 years of military service, he deployed to Oman, Panama, Haiti, Iraq and Kuwait, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2013.
Mr. Strait and wife, Michelle, have three sons, Jordan, Javen and Josiah.
Strait replaces Dr. Greg Mowen, who was appointed the community superintendent for the Pacific East District earlier this year.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged 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 activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.