Mr. Miles J. Shea arrived at Quantico Middle/High School on November 16, 2020 after serving as the Principal of West Point Middle School at the United States Army Garrison West Point.
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, club sponsor, committee chair, school improvement chair, assistant principal and principal and has been nominated as Principal of the Year multiple times. He and his wife, a teacher at Crossroads Elementary, have had the good fortune to work for DoDEA schools in Okinawa (Japan), Schweinfurt (Germany), Ft. Stewart (Georgia), SHAPE (Belgium), Lakenheath (England) and West Point (New York).
Mr. Shea has led many initiatives in his career including successful school accreditations and 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 and served as President of Project Graduation as a parent at Kubasaki High School. At West Point Middle School he developed several innovative programs including Bulldog Bistro, Bulldog Learning Academy and EXL Mentoring. Mr. Shea believes strongly in creating a positive school climate with high expectations for all, providing leadership opportunities for stakeholders and developing vibrant partnerships throughout the community in order to deliver a world class education to all students.
Mr. Shea grew up in a family of 11 children and is an avid golfer, cyclist and lifelong learner. Mr. and Mrs. Shea’s daughter, her husband and three grandchildren reside in Virginia.
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), and Brigid (2).