Department of Defense Education Activity

Pacific Press Releases

DoDEA Pacific

Miranda Ferguson

Public Affairs Officer
Unit 35007 APO AP 96376

Phone: 098-953-5657
DSN Phone: (315) 652-5657
Calling from US: 011-81-98-961-7777-652-5657

Recent Press Releases

Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School named for SY 22-23

Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School named for SY 22-23

May 17, 2022 Mrs. Hoai-My T. Winder as Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School for SY 22-23
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Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School

Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School

May 11, 2022 Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School on Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan, effective for the 2022-23 school year
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Ms. Anita Magrath Selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan

Ms. Anita Magrath Selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan

April 29, 2022 Ms. Anita Magrath has been selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan
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DoDEA Pacific announces publication of SUN 48

DoDEA Pacific announces publication of SUN 48

April 27, 2022 SUN 48 presents the accomplishments of both students and staff from our schools in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, and Guam.
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DoDEA Pacific South announces school leadership changes

DoDEA Pacific South announces school leadership changes

April 20, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific South District announces two school leadership changes on Kadena Air Base effective August 1, 2022.
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DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Lucille Sutherland as Region Principal of the Year

DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Lucille Sutherland as Region Principal of the Year

March 11, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific region is pleased to announce Ms. Lucille Sutherland, principal of Kinser Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, as the 2022 DoDEA Pacific Principal of the Year.
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DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

March 03, 2022 DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year for the Pacific East, Pacific South, and Pacific West districts.
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DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts

DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts

March 02, 2022 DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts with the USO.
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Daegu MHS student accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

Daegu MHS student accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

February 28, 2022 Daegu Middle High School senior Leah Bridget Victoria Merchant has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Dr. Lashaunda Norman Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist Iwakuni Complex

Dr. Lashaunda Norman Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist Iwakuni Complex

February 23, 2022 Dr. Judith J. Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Lashaunda Norman as Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist for Iwakuni Complex schools.
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Christopher B. Kimmey Selected as Interim Principal Iwakuni Elementary School, Japan

Christopher B. Kimmey Selected as Interim Principal Iwakuni Elementary School, Japan

February 22, 2022 Dr. Judith J. Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Christopher B. Kimmey as Interim Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.
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Two DoDEA Educators Selected for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Two DoDEA Educators Selected for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

February 15, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program for the K-6th grade teachers of science and mathematics.
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DoDEA Pacific South announces plans to renovate Bechtel Elementary School

DoDEA Pacific South announces plans to renovate Bechtel Elementary School

February 03, 2022 DoDEA Pacific South District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce a large-scale renovation and new construction project at Bechtel Elementary School.
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DoDEA Pacific selects Dr. Jacob Sherwood for Pacific West District Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific selects Dr. Jacob Sherwood for Pacific West District Superintendent

February 03, 2022 Pacific Director for Student Excellence Ms. Lois Rapp is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jacob Sherwood as Superintendent of the Pacific West District
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DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Melissa Hayes for Pacific South District Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Melissa Hayes for Pacific South District Superintendent

January 13, 2022 Pacific Director for Student Excellence Ms. Lois Rapp is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Melissa Hayes as Superintendent of the Pacific South District (Okinawa, Japan).
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Matthew Rickett Selected as Andersen Elementary, Assistant Principal

Matthew Rickett Selected as Andersen Elementary, Assistant Principal

January 12, 2022 Dr. Jeff Arrington, DoDEA Pacific West District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Matthew Rickett as assistant principal of Andersen Middle School.
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DoDEA Announces 2022 Teacher of the Year

DoDEA Announces 2022 Teacher of the Year

January 10, 2022 Congratulations again to DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Rachel Guilfoyle, 5th grade teacher and teacher leader at Daegu Elementary School, as she begins her year of honor!
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Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson Selected Humphreys High School, School Principal

Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson Selected Humphreys High School, School Principal

January 03, 2022 Dr. Jeff Arrington, DoDEA Pacific West District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson as principal of Humphreys High School.
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Ms. Erin Grazak selected as Pacific East District Chief of Staff Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

Ms. Erin Grazak selected as Pacific East District Chief of Staff Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

December 16, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Erin Grazak as the district’s Chief of Staff.
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DoDEA Pacific announces Pacific West District Acting Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific announces Pacific West District Acting Superintendent

December 15, 2021 Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to appoint Dr. Christopher Marczak as Acting Superintendent of the Pacific West District, effective January 18, 2022
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Worford Selected as DoDEA Superintendent, Mid-Atlantic District

Worford Selected as DoDEA Superintendent, Mid-Atlantic District

December 15, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady announced today that Mr. Kent Worford has been selected as the new DoDEA Superintendent for the Mid-Atlantic District.
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Wing Selected as DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wing Selected as DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

December 08, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady announced today that Ms. Kelisa Wing has been selected as the new DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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DoDEA Pacific Announces Pacific South District (Okinawa) Acting Superintendent, Acting Community Superintendent

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

November 22, 2021 DoDEA Pacific Announces Pacific South District (Okinawa) Acting Superintendent, Acting Community Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson and Ms. Kathleen Smith
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DoDEA Pacific announces 2021-22 virtual Far East Drill Meet results

DoDEA Pacific announces 2021-22 virtual Far East Drill Meet results

November 22, 2021 The Department of Defense Education Activity - Pacific Region is pleased to announce the results of the first-ever virtual Far East Drill Meet.
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Mrs. Jenaya Parris Selected as Principal Mendel Elementary School, Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

Mrs. Jenaya Parris Selected as Principal Mendel Elementary School, Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

November 18, 2021 Mrs. Jenaya Parris Selected as Principal Mendel ES Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan
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DoDEA Pacific Announces 2021-22 Winter Athletics, Far East Academics Plans for Pacific East and West Districts

DoDEA Pacific Announces 2021-22 Winter Athletics, Far East Academics Plans for Pacific East and West Districts

October 31, 2021 DoDEA Pacific Announces 2021-2022 Winter Athletics, Far East Academics Plans for All Districts
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DoDEA Celebrates 75 Years of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Military-Connected Students

DoDEA Celebrates 75 Years of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Military-Connected Students

October 10, 2021 The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) celebrates its 75th anniversary during the 2021-2022 School Year, continuing a tradition of excellence in education that began on October 14, 1946.
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Jimmy Journey Retires After 32 Years of Service to Military-connected Students

Jimmy Journey Retires After 32 Years of Service to Military-connected Students

September 15, 2021 Mr. Jimmy Journey, District Superintendent for DoDEA Pacific South, will retire on December 30, 2021, after 32 years of service to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
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Mrs. Hoai-My T. Winder Selected as Acting Principal Yokota West Elementary School

Mrs. Hoai-My T. Winder Selected as Acting Principal Yokota West Elementary School

September 14, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Hoai-My T. Winder as Acting Principal for Yokota West Elementary School.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and DoDEA partner to bring unique cultural and educational exchange opportunities to Japanese and American students

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and DoDEA partner to bring unique cultural and educational exchange opportunities to Japanese and American students

August 23, 2021 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity – Pacific (DoDEA), with support from U.S. Embassy and consulates in Japan and U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ), are excited to continue building upon a partnership which allows local Japanese students and DoDEA students to participate in educational and cultural exchanges.
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Dr. John Rivers Selected as Acting Assistant Principal Iwakuni and MC Perry Elementary Schools, Iwakuni, Japan

Dr. John Rivers Selected as Acting Assistant Principal Iwakuni and MC Perry Elementary Schools, Iwakuni, Japan

August 23, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. John Rivers as the Acting Assistant Principal for the Iwakuni and MC Perry Elementary Schools.
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Ms. Deborah Connolly Selected as Assistant Principal Yokosuka Middle School

Ms. Deborah Connolly Selected as Assistant Principal Yokosuka Middle School

August 13, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Deborah Connolly as Assistant Principal for Yokosuka Middle School.
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Mr. Jason L. Goodwin Selected as Assistant Principal Yokota High School

Mr. Jason L. Goodwin Selected as Assistant Principal Yokota High School

August 05, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. James Goodwin as Assistant Principal at Yokota High School.
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Ms. Amy Phillips Selected as Assistant Principal Sollars Elementary School

Ms. Amy Phillips Selected as Assistant Principal Sollars Elementary School

August 05, 2021 Dr. Judith Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Amy Phillips as assistant principal of Sollars Elementary School, located at Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan.
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Ms. Mary F. Fisk Selected as Principal Ikego Elementary School

Ms. Mary F. Fisk Selected as Principal Ikego Elementary School

July 29, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Mary Fisk as Principal for Ikego Elementary School.
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Mr. Scott Tefft selected as Principal of Bechtel Elementary School

Mr. Scott Tefft selected as Principal of Bechtel Elementary School

July 27, 2021 DoDEA Pacific South District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Scott Tefft as principal of Bechtel Elementary School, located in Okinawa, Japan.
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DoDEA Pacific announces 2021-22 athletics, Far East academics plans for Pacific East and West districts

DoDEA Pacific announces 2021-22 athletics, Far East academics plans for Pacific East and West districts

July 16, 2021 DoDEA Pacific Region coordinates with military installation commands and public health officials in preparation for 2021-22 Far East academics and athletics.
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Lashaunda Norman, Ph.D. selected as Principal of Iwakuni Elementary School

Lashaunda Norman, Ph.D. selected as Principal of Iwakuni Elementary School

July 09, 2021 Dr. Judith Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, announced the selection of Dr. Lashaunda Norman as principal of Iwakuni Elementary School.
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Ms. Hilary Simmons Selected as Principal Yokota Middle School

Ms. Hilary Simmons Selected as Principal Yokota Middle School

July 09, 2021 Dr. Judith Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Hilary Simmons as principal of Yokota Middle School, located at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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Ms. Mary Mullins selected as Principal of Matthew C. Perry Elementary School

Ms. Mary Mullins selected as Principal of Matthew C. Perry Elementary School

July 09, 2021 Dr. Judith Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Mary Mullins as principal of Matthew C. Perry Elementary School, located at Marine Corps
Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.

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Mr. Jason Sheedy selected as Principal of Edgren Middle High School

Mr. Jason Sheedy selected as Principal of Edgren Middle High School

June 24, 2021 Dr. Judith Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Jason Sheedy as principal of Edgren Middle High School, located at Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan.
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DoDEA Pacific jumpstarts success with summer learning

DoDEA Pacific jumpstarts success with summer learning

June 24, 2021 DoDEA Pacific welcomed more than 2,500 students back to school June 15 as the three-week Jumpstart to Success Summer Program launched across the region.
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Ms. Latressa (Renée) Cobb Selected as Principal Matthew C. Perry High School

Ms. Latressa (Renée) Cobb Selected as Principal Matthew C. Perry High School

June 10, 2021 Dr. Judith J. Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Latressa T. (Renée) Cobb as principal of Matthew C. Perry High School, located at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.
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DODEA Pacific East Selects Dr. Rebecca Villagomez as Principal for Yokota High School.

DODEA Pacific East Selects Dr. Rebecca Villagomez as Principal for Yokota High School.

June 06, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Rebecca Villagomez as Principal for Yokota High School.
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DoDEA 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Recipients

DoDEA 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Recipients

June 02, 2021 The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced scholarship winners in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the selectees are three DoDEA Scholarship recipients.
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