Dr. Vicki Gilmer has over 30 years of experience with DoDEA serving as a teacher and an administrator. Dr. Gilmer has proudly devoted her career to the Fort Rucker military community. Dr. Gilmer began her career with DoDEA at Fort Rucker Primary School and taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, Reading Recovery. In 2000, she was selected as the Teacher of the Year.
She began her administrative career as the assistant principal at Ft. Rucker Primary School. In school year 2010-11, Dr. Gilmer was selected to be the principal at Fort Rucker Elementary School and thoroughly enjoyed becoming a member of the FRES family. In 2016, Dr. Gilmer had the honor of becoming Principal of both Ft Rucker Primary and Ft Rucker Elementary Schools which combined into a new 21st Century School in 2020. Dr. Gilmer also has earned the honor of being named the DoDEA Americas Principal of the Year for SY 17-18.
Dr. Gilmer earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Alabama, a Master's degree from Troy University and a Doctoral (PhD) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University. Dedicated to the field of education, Dr. Gilmer also serves as an adjunct instructor at Troy University-Dothan.
Dr. Gilmer and her husband, Shawn, reside in Headland, Alabama, and have two children, Delaney and Sam. Dr. Gilmer's motto is, "Honored to Serve the Families that Serve."
Dr. David Estrada has over 10 years of experience with DoDEA. He has served in various roles to include a teacher, instructional support specialist, and an administrator. Dr. Estrada began his career in public education in North Carolina and taught elementary music and served as an assistant high school band director.
He earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a Master’s degree from Campbell University and a Doctoral (PhD) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. Dedicated to the field of research, Dr. Estrada also serves as a volunteer researcher with Liberty University.
Dr. Estrada and his wife, Rachel, reside in Newton, Alabama and have one child, Eli. His family also has three dogs Ellie Mae, Carl, and Max. Dr. Estrada’s motto is, “Learning for All, Whatever it takes.”