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Dr. Jennifer Sears, PhD - Spangdahlem ES Principal

Dr. Jennifer Sears, PhD

DoDEA- Principal- Spangdahlem Elementary School

Dr. Sears has almost 22 years of experience with DoDEA and 26 years in education overall. Before coming to DoDEA, she taught English, German, and Government at Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas. She then taught German and Reading Improvement at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Sears began with DoDEA as a Reading/ESL Specialist at Hohenfels Elementary School in Hohenfels, Germany, where she served military-connected students for over 16 years. Dr. Sears was then promoted to Assistant Principal at E.C. Killin Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, which received the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performing Schools during her tenure. In 2018, she became Assistant Principal at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School, also in Okinawa, Japan.

A Texas native, Dr. Sears is originally from San Angelo, Texas and proudly comes from a government/service-oriented family. Her father was US Air Force (retired). Her mother started as a Navy nurse, then worked for the Veteran’s Administration, and was also a University Professor for Nursing. Dr. Sears’ brother is retired from the Veteran’s Administration.
 
Dr. Sears holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German and a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In addition, she holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education with a specialization in Literacy and graduating with honors from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Sears is accompanied by her husband and third-grade daughter. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Sears is very passionate about working together with the students and families in our military-connected community. It is her honor to join the wonderful students, staff and community stakeholders of Spangdahlem Elementary School. She looks forward to supporting student excellence every day in every way.
  
Please feel free to stop by and visit.

Dr. Jennifer Sears, PhD

Spangdahlem ES Principal


Phone: 06565-61-6881
Phone: 314-452-6881
Fax: 06565-61-4024
Unit 3641
APO , AE 09126-3641
Germany

Dr. T.J. Klein - Spangdahlem ES Assistant Principal

Dr. TJ Klein is a native of Flint, Michigan. He earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Argosy University, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, an Associate of Applied Science in Meteorology from the Community College of the Air Force, an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Elizabethtown Community College, and a Certificate in Gifted and Talented from the University of California San Diego.

As an educator, he has been certified since 2004 and taught in Michigan, Arizona, South Carolina (Ft. Jackson - DoDEA Americas), Korea (Daegu Elementary School - DoDEA PAC West), and Germany (Netzaberg Elementary School - DoDEA Europe East). Over the years, he has been blessed to teach Middle School Science, Physical Education, and self-contained grades 3-8. He worked in various roles throughout his career to include Continuous School Improvement Chairperson, Grade Level Chair, head basketball coach, head soccer coach, various committees and clubs, and has worked closely with the Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA).

Dr. TJ Klein grew up in a military family, as he spent the first five years of his life in England. As a decorated Air Force veteran (including deployment), he and his family have lived extensively in Michigan, Arizona, South Carolina, and several other overseas locations. These varying experiences help him to understand the military child and the challenges that come with living in a military family. There is nothing he would rather do than serve military students and their families; as it is an honor and a privilege. He and his beautiful wife spend much of their time enjoying their five uniquely amazing children. All of their children, at some point, attended DoDEA schools (overseas) or schools on military installations (stateside). As a family, they have either lived in or visited 25 different countries and love to meet new people and experience new places.

Outside of school, the sport of soccer holds a special place in his heart, as he played college soccer and coached extensively over the years. In addition, much time is spent enjoying family activities, reading, and serving others.

Dr. TJ Klein is blessed, honored, and eager to serve the families of Spangdahlem Elementary School and others stationed at or near Spangdahlem Air Force Base!

Dr. T.J. Klein

Spangdahlem ES Assistant Principal


Phone: 06565-61-6881
Phone: 314-452-6881
Fax: 06565-61-4024
Unit 3641
APO , AE 09126-3641
Germany