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Stearley Heights Elementary School Principal's Corner

Dr. Jennifer Sears, PhD

DoDEA- Principal- Stearley Heights Elementary School

A native of Texas, Dr. Sears has almost 20 years of experience with DoDEA and 24 years in education overall. Before coming to DoDEA, she taught English, German, and Government at Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas, and then German and Reading Improvement at Central High School in San Angelo, Texas. She began with DoDEA as a Reading/ESL Specialist at Hohenfels Elementary School in Hohenfels, Germany, where she served military 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.

Dr. Sears is originally from San Angelo, Texas and comes from a government/service-oriented family. Her father was US Air Force (retired). Her mother started as a Navy nurse, served as a Service Chief for the Veteran’s Administration for many years, and a University Professor for Nursing for 17 years. Dr. Sears’ brother is currently a Hospital Lab Manager with the Veteran’s Administration in El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Sears holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German and a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist with honors from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. In addition, she holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education with a specialization in Literacy with honors from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Sears is accompanied by her husband Mil and their daughter, Claire, who currently attends Stearley Heights Elementary School and is in the first grade. They have three German cats and enjoy traveling.

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 Stearley Heights Elementary School and continue to support student excellence every day.  Please feel free to stop by and visit, or email her at