Mr. Shawn Rodman is excited to join the teachers and staff as Principal at SHAPE High School.
Mr. Rodman earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah and a master’s in special education from Utah State University. He has spent much of his career developing and adapting curriculum for students that struggle with traditional educational methods.
Mr. Rodman started his education career in 1988 working in the Youth in Custody program in Salt Lake City at a young adult correctional facility. He came to Germany in 1998 as a Special Education Teacher and coach at Hohenfels Middle High School where he was selected as the Bavaria District Teacher of the Year in 2006, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars European teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2012. He also coached football, tennis, basketball and soccer. In 2015, Mr. Rodman began serving as the Assistant Principal at Vilseck High School where he focused on equity and increasing student involvement in the Advanced Placement program.
Mr. Rodman and his wife Jody have three children: Meggie, Ian and Aedan. He enjoys golfing, traveling with his family, and taking long walks with his wife and their dog Bo.
Dr. (Courtney) Dennis Stewart joined DoDEA in 2021 as an Assessment and Accountability Instructional Systems Specialist in Europe West District. Prior to joining DoDEA, he was a program evaluation specialist for a large public school district in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Stewart began his career in education as a high school science and math teacher at an inner-city alternative school. After multiple years of teaching science in grades 6-12, he returned to school to earn a principal license and master's degree in School Leadership. He then worked as assistant principal, PLC Principal Academy assistant director, and an adjunct professor while completing his PhD in Educational Leadership. Afterwards he spent 10 years as an Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, University of Montana, and Utah State University, researching and teaching in Educational Administration programs supporting educators in becoming future school leaders. His research publications include professional learning communities, rural school leadership, and leading systemic change. In 2017 he received the University for Professional and Continuing Education Association National Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Stewart is from Utah but was raised in a military family, as his father was a career service Army officer, and attended multiple DoDEA schools as a child. He is excited to also raise his own family within a military connected community. He has been married to his wife Johanna for over 20 years and they have four children, Avery, Macel, Wilson and Wren. His wife is a science teacher and loves to work with students. As a family they enjoy traveling to warm beaches, steep mountains, and new places. They love to cook, play sports, listen to live music, and spend as much time as they can in nature.
Dr. Stewart is thrilled to join SHAPE High School and is excited to work with an amazing staff and student body.