As Superintendent of the Pacific South District, Mr. Jimmy Journey oversees the education of approximately 6,800 students. A total of approximately 750 employees support the 13 DoDEA Schools on Okinawa. Student success from pre-school through grade 12, and beyond, is the priority for the DoDEA Pacific South Team.
Originally from Texas, Mr. Journey received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sam Houston State University. He joined DoDEA in 1989 teaching third and fourth grade as well as special education for 15 years before making the transition to School Administration. Mr. Journey worked as principal in mainland Japan and Okinawa from 2002-2013.
In 2013 Mr. Journey took on the role of an Assistant Superintendent of the Japan District where he stayed until July of 2016. In July of 2016 he went to serve as the community superintendent of the Department of Defense Guam Schools. Journey assumed his current position as Superintendent of the Pacific South District in August of 2019.
Mr. Journey believes that communication is vital to the success of any operation. As a principal, he focused on creating an environment where students were comfortable coming to school and challenged to do their best every day. He encourages parents to be active partners in their children's education.
As Superintendent, Mr. Journey continues to believe that schools serve a vital role in the community. Students and families are valued partners in the education process. Especially during these trying times, schools should provide consistency, support, and opportunity to our communities. “Our schools are here to meet the needs of our military and military connected students.
Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director
Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
HQ Chief Academic Officer
Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff