For Immediate Release — July 2, 2019 | PAC-West
Paul J. Stevenson: Public Affairs Officer | Voice: DSN: (315) 644-5665 (Japan), Local (098) 953-5665
OKINAWA, JAPAN — July 2, 2019 — Ms. Lois Rapp, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. LaVerne Outen as the next DoDEA Pacific West Community Superintendent. She currently serves as the Community Superintendent of the DoDEA Pacific East District (Japan) which includes 20 schools in seven military communities with a projected enrollment of more than 8,000 students.
Originally from Summerville, South Carolina, Ms. Outen graduated from Voorhees College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a minor in Business Administration.
Ms. Outen’s comprehensive educational background also includes a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction, and Master of Science in Reading Education from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Educational Administration from the University of San Diego.
Ms. Outen is a career educator with wide-ranging experience in teaching and administration. Her 14 year tenure in DoDEA includes service as a second grade teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal at Sullivans Elementary School in Yokosuka, and Principal of Sollars Elementary School in Misawa. Ms. Outen’s service is motivated by her conviction that all children can learn and deserve an educational experience marked by excellence. As a principal, Ms. Outen is dedicated to cultivating a community where high expectations for student academic proficiency and growth are supported through effective intervention. Ms. Outen partners with staff, parents, and community leaders to provide additional educational opportunities for students in and out of the classroom.
As a life-long learner, Ms. Outen has embraced the many valuable lessons gifted to her through her work with students, parents, school staff, command and the community. She looks forward to the many growth opportunities and avenues for service she will have as she transitions into her new role as the DoDEA Pacific West Community Superintendent.
Ms. Outen replaces Dr. Jeff Arrington, who was selected as the schools superintendent for the DoDEA Pacific West District.
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.