Dan Petritz is the principal of Ramstein Middle School. RMS is a school of approximately 870 students, grades 6 through 8, on Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
Prior to his assignment at RMS, Mr. Petritz served as an assistant principal at Ramstein High School for four years. In 2011, Mr. Petritz was assigned to Landstuhl Elementary Middle School to serve as the acting assistant principal. In 2010, Mr. Petritz was the instructional systems specialist for science where he provided instructional support for 19 schools throughout the Kaiserslautern District.
Prior to serving in the Department of Defense Education Activity, Mr. Petritz worked for Rockdale County Public Schools in Conyers, Georgia. Mr. Petritz was a district science academic coach whom supported teachers in their classrooms at four middle schools and four high schools. As a classroom teacher, Mr. Petritz taught 7th and 8th grade science and high school chemistry and physics. While a teacher at Conyers Middle School, Mr. Petritz was recognized as one of the top 10 educators in the state of Georgia and served on the teacher advisory board for the Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education. At CMS, Mr. Petritz assembled a team of teacher leaders for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiatives. The team's work culminated in CMS being selected as a NASA Explorer School and the National Intel School of Distinction for middle grades science in 2007.
Prior to becoming an educator, Mr. Petritz served in the United States Coast Guard. While active duty, Mr. Petritz was stationed on the USCGC Boutwell, USCGC Point Richmond, and USCG Air Station Miami. His duties in the USCG included being a flight medic, law enforcement boarding team member, and navigator. After his active duty service, Mr. Petritz used the Montgomery GI Bill to return to school and earn a Bachelor's of Science degree, Masters of Science Education degree, and a Specialist in Education Leadership degree from Georgia State University.
Mr. Petritz is accompanied overseas by his wife, Tamara, and two children, Mia and Luca. Tamara is an education aide who works with children that have special needs.
Natalie Horne is one of two assistant principals at Ramstein Middle School. She worked as an educator for 11 years in the areas of special education, business education, and computer technology. She joined DoDEA in 2012 after 7 years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Georgia.
Mrs. Horne earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia with a concentration in International Business and Economics. After completing her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Horne finalized a Master's Degree and Specialist degree in the areas of Business Education and Educational Administration and Policy.
Mrs. Horne has successfully helped schools through the AdvancED/Cognia accreditation process and she has a passion for continuous learning. Mrs. Horne was a teacher at Incirlik Airbase and former assistant principal at Ramstein Elementary School. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and being an active community member.
Robert Meyer is an assistant principal at Ramstein Middle School. RMS is a school with approximately 800 students, grades 6 through 8, and is located on Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
Prior to his assignment as an RMS assistant principal, Mr. Meyer served as an Air Force JROTC Instructor for 13 years. He most recently taught at Kaiserslautern High School from 2012 to 2019. He also taught JROTC in Maine from 2005 until moving to Kaiserslautern.
Mr. Meyer (Lt Col Meyer) served in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 2005. He began as an enlisted man and after receiving his commission in 1986 became a navigator in the C-141, and then later became a pilot in the KC-135. He and his family were stationed in nine states and two overseas countries (England and Germany). Mr. Meyer used Air Force educational benefits to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Master’s Degree from the Air Command and Staff College, and has finished all the coursework for a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Meyer lives in Germany with his wife Cathy. They enjoy hiking and traveling, as well as spending time visiting their three children and four grandchildren in the summer.