For Immediate Release — September 29, 2020 | Mendel ES
MISAWA, JAPAN — September 29, 2020 — Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Christine Young as Assistant Principal for Edgren Middle High School.
Christine Young was born in Thornton, Colorado, and grew up attending school in Broomfield, CO. During her senior year of high school, she completed a study abroad for one semester in Costa Rica. After graduating high school, Christine attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and also spent a year abroad studying at the University of Malaga, in Malaga, Spain. Upon returning to UNC, Christine obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, a minor in Spanish, and a minor in Sociology.
Mrs. Young started her teaching career at Brentwood Middle School in Greeley, CO in 2015. After leaving Brentwood, she became a teacher at the Betty K. Marler Youth Correctional Facility in Lakewood, CO, where she taught 7th through post-secondary English Language Arts, Life Skills, and Mock Trial. It was through this experience that she gained insight and experience in leadership, and the impact that successful and strong leaders can have within an educational setting. After leaving Betty K. Marler, Christine moved to California in 2017, where she began working as the 8th grade Special Education Teacher at Olive Crest Academy in Orange, CA. During this time, she pursued her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies through the University of Northern Colorado, completed her Principal Internship at Olive Crest, and graduated in December of 2017. In December of 2018 she married her husband, Tyler.
In early 2019 Christine joined the DoDEA team, accepting a position at Sigonella Middle High School in Sicily, Italy where she taught English Language Arts for 6th, 9th, 11th, and 12th grade, AP Language and Composition, and Spanish I-IV. Beginning in the 2019/20 school year, she served as the Literacy Department Lead, as well as assisted with the Tennis team. During her time as Literacy Lead, Mrs. Young helped to develop literacy resources and lessons for ELA as well as cross-curriculum subjects, and assisted in training other teachers to implement these resources in their classrooms.
In both leadership roles and teaching roles, Mrs. Young focuses on a transformational leadership style, encouraging others, inspiring others, motivating others, and collaborating with others in order to create the best environment for students.
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.