During his 30-year educational career, Mr. Gullekson has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, math coach, campus instructional technologist, district enrollment director, assistant principal, and elementary principal. Through his wide-ranging career experiences, Mr. Gullekson continually looks for what is best for the students and teachers he has served over his career.
Mr. Gullekson earned a bachelor’s degree from Mayville State University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Coaching. He earned his master’s degree from Tarleton State University in Educational Administration. Currently, he is working toward his Doctorate of Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
For the past 12 years, Mr. Gullekson served as the Principal of Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School with the Killeen Independent School District, which serves 46,000 students from Fort Hood Military Base and the surrounding community. Mr. Gullekson opened the school in 2009 and has built a school community that supports high expectations for the students, staff, and community. Recently, Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School was honored to be named a “Purple Heart School” by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Under Mr. Gullekson’s leadership, Richard E. Cavazos Elementary School was the first school to host district-wide instructional rounds, which provides feedback for short-term and long-term instructional goals. Mr. Gullekson and his leadership team also co-founded, planned, and hosted the first Killeen ISD Science Olympiad, hosting 10 elementary schools across the district. The Killeen ISD Science Olympiad Event has since grown to 30 elementary schools with more than 500 students participating. Mr. Gullekson believes that all students can learn to their maximum potential when provided with every opportunity available.
Mr. Gullekson enjoys RV traveling the country and the great outdoors.
Mr. Gullekson is proud to serve the DoDEA Family!
Before joining DoDEA, Ms. Carlson taught in Honolulu, Hawaii. She joined DoDEA in 2013, teaching at Croughton Elementary School in the United Kingdom, Pierce Terrace Elementary School in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and most recently as a teacher at The Sullivans School. Her experience includes teaching general education in grades 1-6, ESOL, Physical Education, and gifted education. Ms. Carlson has served as CSI chair, Culture and Climate chair, District-level Focused Collaboration facilitator, Grade-level team lead, School Advisory Council representative, Public Affairs Officer, and assessment coordinator. She has also led several committees and professional development sessions.
Ms. Carlson grew up in Italy, where she attended a bilingual Montessori school, and an Italian high school where she studied linguistics. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, and an Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education Degree in the same specialty area. Additionally, Ms. Carlson has earned certifications in Italian Language Immersion, Business, and Computer Science.
Being a lifetime learner, Ms. Carlson is looking forward to having the opportunity to share the love of learning with those around her. During her spare time, Ms. Carlson enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She feels honored to join the administrative team at The Sullivans Elementary School.