Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Pacific Administrator receives prestigious Meritorious Civilian Service Award

For Immediate Release — August 21, 2019 | Pacific

DODEA PACIFIC — August 21, 2019 — Dr. Allen arrived in the Pacific West District in 2011, and in 2014 was selected as the district superintendent. Over the past five years she has led the district encompassing 11 schools and more than 4,000 students, with approximately 700 professional educators and support personnel, and delivered high-quality pre-K through 12th grade educational programs to military communities across the Korean peninsula.

“I like having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families,” said Allen about her job as an administrator and educator.  “We have a very important mission, one that I take very seriously, and that is to support the military child, to provide them a safe and secure environment where they can learn and be successful every day.  PacWest has provided me that opportunity for eight years, and for that I am most appreciative and proud.”

Under Allen’s charge, DoDEA schools in all of Korea consistently ranked at the top of DoDEA schools in the world in numerous categories including test scores, graduation and post-secondary education attendance and qualification.  

Even though the MCSM is awarded in recognition of superior individual achievement, Allen is quick to point out that success in education is a community effort.

“We are also fortunate to have a highly talented work force and a very supportive partnership with all of our military commands,” she said. “Everyone is important in our school system.  From the custodians to the support teams to the teachers, to the administrators and on, it takes everyone working together every day to make the system work effectively and efficiently.”

A career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience, Allen has been with DoDEA for more than 30 years, and looks forward to her next opportunity to help educate, engage and empower military connected students. 

“I enjoy working with our students,” said Allen.  “They are extremely talented and bring excitement to the learning environment.”

About DoDEA

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.