Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Pacific Announces Pacific South District (Okinawa) Acting Superintendent, Acting Community Superintendent

For Immediate Release — November 22, 2021 | PAC-South

OKINAWA, JAPAN — November 22, 2021 — Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to appoint Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson as Acting Superintendent of the Pacific South District effective Dec. 18, following the retirement of Mr. Jim Journey. Dr. Ferguson currently serves as Pacific South Community Superintendent. The region is currently in the process of selecting a permanent replacement for Mr. Journey.

Ms. Kathleen Smith, Professional Practice and Improvement Specialist with the DoDEA Pacific Center for Instructional Leadership, will serve as Acting Community Superintendent.

“Dr. Ferguson and Ms. Smith bring a wealth of knowledge and educational leadership experience to their respective roles as acting superintendent and acting community superintendent,” Ms. Rapp said.

Dr. Ferguson’s educational career spans more than 20 years and includes service as a K-12 teacher and principal in Japan and Germany. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master of Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Curriculum, Supervision and Instruction.

Ms. Smith’s 22-year career in education includes serving as a teacher, reading specialist, elementary English/Language Arts Instructional Support Specialist, assistant principal and principal in Germany, mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Fort Bragg, NC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Phoenix.


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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.