Ms. Caryn Currie is the principal of Ramstein Intermediate School (RIS) located within the Ramstein military community at Ramstein AB Ramstein, Germany. She joined RIS in August of 2019 from the principalship at Hohenfels Elementary School. Previously, she was assistant principal at Ramstein Intermediate School and also served as the assistant principal at Kaiserslautern Middle School.
Ms. Currie is from South Carolina. In 1991, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education along with minors in Early Childhood and Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Following her graduation, Ms. Currie attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Early Childhood Special Education. She began her teaching career in 1993 as a special education teacher in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 1997, she joined DoDEA as a teacher at SHAPE Elementary School at SHAPE, Belgium. She taught kindergarten and then later moved to second grade. During the school year 2000-2001, Ms. Currie was a faculty member when SHAPE Elementary was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence. In 2003, Ms. Currie returned to the United States and taught third grade at a private school in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was there that she completed a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Two years later, she moved to Spangdahlem, Germany where she rejoined DoDEA as a teacher at Bitburg Elementary.
Ms. Currie has held numerous school improvement leadership roles. These include committee chairperson for several school improvement goal committees and leading school staff as the Continuous School Improvement chairperson. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Ms. Currie also has experience as a professional development trainer. She presented a workshop on "How to Differentiate in the Elementary Classroom" to administrators and teachers from throughout Germany and was a Kaiserslautern District trainer for teachers on using the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 to guide reading instruction at the elementary school level.
Ms. Currie is married to a retired Air Force member and followed him as a military spouse during all of his active duty assignments. They have one son.
Ms. Patricia Cameron-John joined Ramstein Intermediate School as an Assistant Principal in October of 2018. She also served as an Assistant Principal at Netzaberg Elementary. She was born and raised in London, England, and at 16 years of age, her family made New York their home.
She has a bachelor's degree in education, a Master of Science in Education, and a Master of Science - Advanced Graduate Study in Administration and Supervision from the City University of New York. She taught at Patrick Henry Elementary in Heidelberg for ten years and at Ramstein Intermediate School for several years.
Special Education has been a deep-rooted part of her professional career. She has worked in many different educational settings and programs. In addition, she served as an Assistant Principal for the Board of Education, the Deputy and Assistant Director of Education for the Department of Juvenile Justice for New York City, an Accredited State-Approved Educational program, and the Director of an Alternative High School.
Ms. Cameron-John is married with adult children. She and her husband love to travel, visit family in England, the United States, and Trinidad, Tobago. She is an active member of two service organizations-Delta Sigma Thea and Order of the Golden Circle. Additionally, she loves to read and take long hikes in the woods.
Her educational philosophy is "Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I remember, involve me, and I learn." (irc, 2006).