Mr. Miles J. Shea arrived at Quantico Middle High School on November 16, 2020, after serving as Principal of West Point Middle School on United States Army Garrison West Point in New York.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Shea earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Shea has served successfully as a classroom teacher, coach, committee chair, school improvement chair, assistant principal and principal and he has been nominated as Principal of the Year multiple times. As a parent he has also served as President of Project Graduation. He and his wife, a teacher at Crossroads Elementary School, have had the good fortune to serve DoDEA schools in Japan, Germany, Ft. Stewart, Ga., Belgium, England, West Point and now Quantico.
Among his accomplishments he conceived, designed, and implemented a full-time Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at Feltwell ES. It was named a powerful practice during accreditation and has been profiled on the Armed Forces Network. In addition, he led his basketball team to a league championship while stationed in Germany. At West Point Middle School, he developed several innovative programs including Bulldog Bistro, Bulldog Learning Academy, EXL Mentoring, and the school was awarded a Blue Ribbon for school year 2019-2020. Under Mr. Shea’s leadership Quantico Middle High School has transitioned from the Delaney Athletic Conference to the Greater Piedmont Athletic Conference (GPAC) and has completed a highly successful internal review last spring by the Mid-Atlantic District. Mr. Shea believes strongly in a positive school climate with high expectations for all, shared leadership and developing vibrant partnerships throughout the community to deliver a world class education to our DoDEA students.
Mr. Shea grew up in a family of eleven children and is an avid golfer, boater, cyclist, and lifelong learner. Mr. and Mrs. Shea’s daughter is a DoDEA graduate, and they are Lolli and Pops to their three wonderful grandchildren!
Mr. Kolodziej graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Education. He taught for six years in the Fairfax County, Virginia public schools and added certification in gifted education.
Mr. Kolodziej joined DoDEA in 2011 and served as a teacher at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Camp Zama, Japan. Here, he implemented DoDEA’s College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) and facilitated military-connected student participation in the STEM activities of numerous partner organizations including the University of Kentucky, the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA), and First Lego League. As a Continuous School Improvement Team co-chair, Mr. Kolodziej collaborated with students, faculty/staff, parents, and other community stakeholders to prepare for the Pacific East district’s first systems accreditation. In February 2016, Mr. Kolodziej was selected as the Pacific East District Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Kolodziej joined the DoDEA Americas ISS teams in September 2016, coordinating Advanced Placement (AP), Gifted (GE), and Advanced Academic Programs and Services (AAPS) for K-12 students across 51 schools and 16 installations. Some of his achievements in this role include collaboratively revamping DoDEA’s elementary and middle school gifted programs to foster an advanced academics approach, and facilitating the implementation of AP Capstone at two high schools. For the past four years, Mr. Kolodziej also served as the chair of the Southeast District’s Teacher of the Year selection panel, and as the Partners in Education (PIE) liaison between the Fort Benning schools and the Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce. He was a co-facilitator for the Southeast District’s 2019 21st Century Teaching, Leading, and Learning (CTLL) Basecamp Conference, coaching teacher and administrative teams from seven schools on high-impact, collaborative practices to prepare for their transition into a new, 21st century school building. Four schools in the Southeast district, through which Mr. Kolodziej was part of the team to provide direct, on-site support to teachers and principals, have been selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools. He assisted both the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Districts through successful systems accreditations with Cognia. Most recently, Mr. Kolodziej has provided strategic school support to Fort Campbell and Fort Knox Middle/High Schools, and served as a DoDEA Virtual School (DVS) teacher during fall semester 2020.
In both the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Districts, Mr. Kolodziej has coordinated training and professional learning for AP, GE, and AAPS teachers. He has facilitated professional development sessions at the school, district, region, national, and worldwide levels. He served as the lead facilitator for the DoDEA Americas Advanced Academic Summit in September 2019. Mr. Kolodziej has been a co-presenter of numerous topics at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic District Leadership Conferences, the DoDEA Worldwide Leadership Conference, the College of William and Mary, and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Virtual Conference. He has also facilitated community seminars for parents and stakeholders on talent development and mitigating student underachievement.
A lifelong learner, Mr. Kolodziej has completed College Board institutes in AP Biology and AP Government. In 2019, Mr. Kolodziej became AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) certified and participated in AVID Center’s Path to Schoolwide Leadership training. He expects to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Marymount University in December 2021. He is thankful to serve as an educator and a leader of learning among America’s military-connected students, and as one of his own former principals taught him, “There is no nobler profession than to touch the next generation!”
Mr. Kolodziej is a proud husband and father, married to Heather Elizabeth Kolodziej, with children Dillon (8), Mary Elizabeth (6), Micah (4), Brigid (2), and Josephine May (11 months).