Ms. Michelle Allen was selected as the new principal for Shughart Elementary School in Fall 2020. She is very familiar with this role as she served as the principal of three different DoDEA schools, most recently McBride and Wilson Elementary School since June of 2014. She began her administration journey in Georgia/Alabama in 2008 as an Assistant Principal with a dual appointment at Dexter and Wilson Elementary. Ms. Allen has led four schools through successful accreditation visits, with the most recent in 2019.
Ms. Allen returned to the Georgia/Alabama District as a Principal from Bitz Intermediate School, Camp Lejeune in 2014. Prior to joining the administration cadre, she has also served as a reading specialist, gifted teacher, and general education teacher at Ft. Benning, Ga.
Ms. Allen began her teaching journey as a teacher’s aide in 1992. In 1994, she served as a multiage teacher at W.T. Brown, year-round school, in Cumberland County. As a military spouse, she and her family transitioned to Hohenfels, Germany where she worked as the Discourse Lab teacher and Assistant Director of the 282nd BSB Child Development Center. During the time in Germany, she was also a diligent volunteer for the Army Community Service center where she led new comer’s orientation and supported military families during transitions.
A native of Hammond, Indiana, growing up as a military dependent, graduating from Cristobal High School in Panama Canal Zone, Ms. Allen graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/English. In 1994, she received her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from JSU as well. After transitioning back to the United States from Germany, Ms. Allen obtained her Educational Specialist Degree from Troy State University. She is currently in pursuit of her Doctorate Degree.