I am delighted to serve as the principal at The Sullivans Elementary School! The Sullivans School, located in Yokosuka, Japan, is the largest school in the Department of Defense Education Activity. We have over 1200 students enrolled in classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. However, The Sullivans Elementary School is very welcoming and has a small school atmosphere.
We have cultivated a culture which is prideful of Navy traditions. The Sullivans is named after the five brothers, Albert, Frank, Joseph, Matthew and George Sullivan, who all served in the US Navy during WWII. As part of our tradition, every new student is "rung in" and welcomed "on deck" as a new Dolphin. Every student that PCS's out is "rung out" and reminded that as a student at the Sullivans, they are "once a Dolphin, always a Dolphin."
We have a dedicated and committed faculty and staff of very qualified educators. They proudly serve the military in this capacity. Our mission is to Educate, Engage, and Empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world. Our educators strive to fulfill this mission by providing differentiated instruction to promote highest student achievement and ensure that each student is successful. In addition, along with our academic curriculum, we also offer diverse courses which include Physical Education, Music, Art, Host Nation Language and Culture, as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities to include Homework Club, Math Bee, Ele-Boosters, Safety Patrol, Sign Language and more!
Our warm, safe and nurturing environment welcomes our parents and community. We invite you to visit and consider volunteering within the school. Most importantly, communicate with your child's teacher on a regular basis. We know the importance and benefits of partnership with our parents. You are vital to our mission and it is an honor to serve you!
Principal, The Sullivans Elementary School
Ms. Anderson is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Teaching from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, KY and went on to earn a Post-Masters Certification in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.
Ms. Anderson brings over 10 years of experience in education to the DoDEA Pacific East District including leadership in elementary, middle, and adult education. Ms. Anderson has served as department chair, team leader, and as an active member of the Site Based Decision Making Team, School Improvement Team, and Campus Needs Assessment Team.
Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Anderson served as a Quality Review and Training Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs and an Education Specialist for the Bureau of Prisons. During her time with the Veterans Affairs, Ms. Anderson developed, streamlined and facilitated training and professional development for field examiners assigned to the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States.
Ms. Anderson is a military veteran with nearly a decade of Federal Law Enforcement experience with the U.S. Army and the Department of Homeland Security. Early in her career, she had the honor of serving as the D.A.R.E. Officer for the Brussels American School in Brussels, Belgium, planting the seed for her return to the DoDEA family.
Ms. Anderson has served the CFAY community as a classroom teacher at The Sullivans School for the last 2 years and is proud to continue to serve in her new role as Assistant Principal.
Ms. Anderson is married to her wonderful husband of 21 years, Michael, and is the proud mother of two children. Michael, Jr. is proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force and Lailah is currently an 8th grader at Yokosuka Middle School.
Mary Fisk began her career in education in the fall of 2003 at a small rural elementary school in Partlow, Virginia. After serving Spotsylvania County Schools as a classroom teacher in third and fifth grades, she moved to Beaufort, SC. Upon arriving in Beaufort, she was hired as a fourth grade teacher at a brand new charter school. Ms. Fisk then worked as a school counselor in Beaufort County until relocating to Iwakuni, Japan. She has worked a total of 7 years in DoDEA, both as a classroom teacher and school counselor, while aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.
Ms. Fisk is originally from Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She received a Master of Education in School Counseling from George Mason University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University. She believes being a life-long learner is essential in the field of education and continues to take classes to stay abreast of educational research.
Ms. Fisk’s professional experiences include being a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. Also, she has worked as a school counselor in the Sure Start through sixth grade setting. She has presented at the National School Discipline Conference in Las Vegas, NV, was the co-chair and member of the Continuous School Improvement Team, has been the Site Testing Coordinator, served as a member of the Blue Ribbon application committee, assisted with multiple accreditation visits, and served as the Co-Chair for the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs. She was also selected as a TAP Model for Teacher and Student Advancement Mentor. Ms. Fisk has had the opportunity to implement research-based strategies that have produced improved test scores in all school environments. She enjoys collaborating with her community partners to ensure all of her students’ needs are the top priority.
As the wife of a retired Marine combat veteran, Ms. Fisk has firsthand experience with military life. She has a strong commitment to our military-connected students and is looking forward to developing relationships with the students, families, and educational staff at The Sullivans School. Mrs. Fisk is excited to bring her husband and three children to Yokosuka, and the Fisk family is looking forward to joining The Sullivans School Community.