Department of Defense Education Activity

PAC-South District Superintendent Bio

Dr. Melissa Hayes - Pacific South District Superintendent

Dr. Hayes joined DoDEA in 2000 and has served as an Instructional Systems Specialist, principal, and most recently Community Superintendent for DoDEA Europe West in Belgium.

“Dr. Hayes is a career educator and educational leader with extensive experience serving military-connected communities,” Ms. Rapp said. “Her dedication and commitment to our students, families, staff, and military partners make her a great fit to lead the Pacific South District.”

Dr. Hayes holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood from Auburn University and master’s degrees in Early Childhood and Educational Leadership, both from Troy University.

“I am honored to be selected as the new superintendent for DoDEA Pacific South,” Dr. Hayes said. “I look forward to beginning this new adventure and building partnerships with stakeholders to ensure Pacific South continues to provide the very best educational opportunities for our military-connected students.”

Dr. Hayes began her career in 1981 teaching kindergarten, first and third grades in Alabama. In 1997, she was named Lanett City Schools Teacher of the Year.

She attended the Georgia State University’s Reading Recovery training program, graduating in 1998 and becoming a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for DeKalb County Schools, GA. While in DeKalb County, Dr. Hayes trained Reading Recovery Teachers, provided professional development, and worked with the District Superintendent’s Office in providing Balanced Literacy training to teachers in 26 elementary schools. Dr. Hayes was a speaker for regional and national Reading Recovery conferences in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

As a DoDEA Instructional Systems Specialist for Reading Recovery in Fort Benning, Ga., she taught students, trained teachers, and provided ongoing professional development for educators. While at Fort Benning, Dr. Hayes facilitated numerous workshops for teachers in the areas of balanced literacy, writing, teaching reading in the content areas, and teaching struggling readers. She developed, organized, and implemented Fort Benning’s Parent Academy as well as very successful summer reading camps for students. Dr. Hayes was awarded the General’s Award for Excellent Service to the Fort Benning Community.

In 2005, Dr. Hayes became principal of Dexter Elementary School, located at Fort Benning. While principal, the school received the Partnership of the Year Award from the Muscogee County Partners in Education program. The school also received an International Reading Association award for having the best reading program for the state of Georgia.

In 2006, Dr. Hayes became principal of Maxwell AFB Elementary School in Montgomery, Ala. As a military child, Dr. Hayes attended Maxwell – to be selected as its principal was a special honor. While principal at Maxwell, the school received numerous honors and awards. During the 2008-2009 school year, Dr. Hayes served as principal at both Maxwell Elementary and Robins AFB Elementary. In 2010, Dr. Hayes was tasked with implementing a middle school, which made Maxwell a DoDEA Unit School with grades PreK-8.

In 2012, Dr. Hayes was named as principal of Aviano Elementary School in Aviano, Italy. Under her leadership, Aviano Elementary School fully embraced the merging of Continuous School Improvement with College Career Readiness Standards. Through professional development, Dr. Hayes built capacity within the organization and assisted teachers in becoming facilitators in adult learning. Under her leadership, the school enhanced its STEM program, infusing opportunities for students to develop technology skills such as coding and robotics.

Since 2016, Dr. Hayes has served DoDEA as a Community Superintendent in Europe.

Dr. Melissa Hayes

PAC-South District Superintendent

Phone: 098-961-1204
Pacific South, Okinawa District Superintendent Office
UNIT 5166
APO , AP 96368-5166

DoDEA HQ Leadership

Mr. Thomas M. Brady DoDEA Director

Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
HQ Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Robert M. Brady Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Jay Burcham Chief of Staff

Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff

DoDEA Region and District Leadership


Dr. Judith A. Minor Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Americas Director for Student Excellence

Mr. Stephen Hovanic Chief of Staff

DoDEA Americas Chief of Staff

Dr. Christy Huddleston Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

DoDEA Americas Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Mr. Kent Worford District Superintendent

Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent

Mr. Greg Bull District Superintendent

Southeast District Superintendent


Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence

Dr. Charles "Chas" Kelker Chief of Staff

DoDEA Europe Chief of Staff

Jorma Young Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Europe Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Mr. Steven Sanchez District Superintendent

Europe East District Superintendent

Dr. Jason Ter Horst District Superintendent

Europe West District Superintendent

Dr. Jeff Arrington District Superintendent

Europe South District Superintendent


Ms. Lois J. Rapp Director for Student Excellence

DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence

Mr. Todd Schlitz Chief of Staff

DoDEA Pacific Chief of Staff

Dr. Christopher Marczak Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

DoDEA Pacific Chief of Instructional Leadership Development

Dr. Jackie Ferguson District Superintendent

Pacific East District Superintendent

Dr. Melissa Hayes District Superintendent

Pacific South District Superintendent

Dr. Jacob Sherwood District Superintendent

Pacific West District Superintendent