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DoDEA Principal of the Year (POY) Recognition Programs

DoDEA 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year

Penelope Miller Smith

Ms. Penelope Miller-Smith, Principal of Kaiserslautern Elementary School in Kaiserslautern, Germany, has been with DoDEA for 8 years and has 17 years of experience as an administrator at the elementary and secondary school level. Ms. Miller-Smith has taught in California, Florida, Iowa and Michigan gaining a variety of teaching experience in general education, special education, English as a Second Language, and gifted and talented programs at both the elementary and secondary school levels. She was an assistant director for a charter school management company where she worked with fifty-seven schools in four different states. She was also director for Mona Shores Public Schools in Muskegon, Michigan where she oversaw the district's student services and special education programs. Ms. Miller-Smith joined the DoDEA team in 2010 as principal of Hainerberg Elementary in Wiesbaden, Germany.


DoDEA 2018 Secondary Principal of the Year

Thomas Whittle

Dr. Thomas Whittle, Principal for Antilles High School in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, has been with DoDEA for 6 years. After retiring from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major following 26 years of service, Dr. Whittle taught at Nottoway High School, in Nottoway, VA. He went on to serve as a mentoring principal at eight high schools in the Washington, D.C. public school system and became principal of H.D. Woodson High School, Washington D.C. Dr. Whittle holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree, in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, a Master's Degree in Education and a certification in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University, a Master's Degree in Divinity from Virginia Union University, and a Doctorate in Education and Administration from Virginia State.