Department of Defense Education Activity

Dr. Angelo Barcinas - West Point ES Principal

Dr. Angelo Barcinas comes to West Point from Morón Air Base, Spain, where he has served as the Assistant Principal of Sevilla Elementary Middle School. Prior to his assignment in Spain, he served the NSA Bahrain community at Bahrain Middle High School in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Dr. Barcinas brings over a decade of experience as both a classroom teacher and instructional leader from kindergarten to high school. A Combat Army veteran, Dr. Barcinas’ journey in education began in Guam, as a middle school science teacher in the Guam Department of Education. He then transitioned to the alternative school that served at-risk students of all middle and high school public schools. He served as a Health, Physical Education, and Science Teacher. He was an intricate member of the leadership team that promoted and increased student success. 

Prior to becoming an assistant principal, Dr. Barcinas deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 for Operation Enduring Freedom and he was inspired to become a social change agent for his island. Although he became a school administrator, he was able to continue teaching at the University of Guam, as an adjunct professor of graduate students pursuing their master’s degree in education. In January 2018, Dr. Barcinas joined the DoDEA family, and he considers himself extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work side by side with his colleagues to serve our military-connected students. Both him and his wife have experience in the Armed Forces and understands the challenges of deployments and relocations. Also, as a dependent of a retired Army Veteran and a former DoDEA student, it has given him much pride and honor to serve in his capacity.

Dr. Barcinas earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Missouri Valley College, a Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Guam, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Change from Walden University. As a lifelong learner, he believes that education creates opportunities for all students and how we positively impact our students today will lead to a prosperous future. 

Dr. Barcinas is joined by his wife, Girlie, their four children, and two dogs: Gavin-11th Grade, Angelo II- 7th Grade, Avery- 5th Grade, Amelia-3rd Grade, Shallah (English Bulldog) and Ye (Pomeranian). They are truly looking forward to becoming a member of the West Point School community and Dr. Barcinas is blessed to serve as the Principal of West Point Elementary School. Go Bulldogs!

Dr. Angelo Barcinas

West Point ES Principal

Phone: 845-839-7500
Fax: 845-839-7519
705B Barry Rd.
West Point , NY 10996-1196

Mr. Larry Daffin - West Point ES Assistant Principal

Mr. Larry Daffin comes to West Point from Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as the Assistant Principal (AP) of Bowley ES and Albritton MS. As an AP, he has championed the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an evidence based, three-tiered framework that seeks to create schools where all students succeed. Following implementation, both Albritton and Bowley saw a significant decrease in office referrals and disciplinary actions. Prior to his assignments in North Carolina, Mr. Daffin served as a math teacher and head football coach at Heidelberg High School and Hohenfels Middle/High School in Germany.

Before joining DoDEA, Mr. Daffin was a math teacher and coach in Lakewood, WA, a math teacher and coach in San Antonio, Tx, and an assistant principal in Houston, Tx. He has had the honor and privilege to coach a Texas State Finalist in Track and Field, be voted coach of the year in football, coach an NFL top 10 draft pick, and have multiple Championship appearances as an assistant and head football coach at the high school level. His success has also been in the classroom, most notably his time at Westover Middle School in Fayetteville, NC, an at-risk Title 1 school. While at Westover, Mr. Daffin instituted a successful after- school Math Academy where the students flourished, averaging 2.5 years of annual academic growth during his tenure.

Mr. Daffin earned his bachelor’s degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy, his master’s in Educational Administration from Texas A&M Kingsville and has completed doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at NYU Steinhardt. He is a former military officer and combat veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and is married to an active-duty army officer. He and his spouse are the proud parents of a son and twin daughters who are cadets at USMA and former students of WPES. He is a former vice-president of the WP School Board and looks forward to rejoining the community.

Mr. Larry Daffin

West Point ES Assistant Principal

Phone: 845-839-7500
705B Barry Road
West Point , NY 10996-1196