ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Dr. Judith Minor, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Director, has named Dr. Donato Cuadrado as District Superintendent for the DoDEA Mid-Atlantic schools.
“Donato brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Mid-Atlantic District,” said Mr. Thomas Brady, DoDEA Director. “Donato is a very talented and dedicated leader who is committed to student achievement and success. He understands the uniqueness of the military culture as a former Soldier, who served four years and as an educator with more than 30 years of experience. Throughout his DoDEA career, he has demonstrated his passion for excellence in education and a commitment to serving students of our nation’s military families everywhere. His familiarity, leadership and expertise in our school operations will serve us well.”
As the Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent, Dr. Cuadrado will oversee 26 DoDEA schools located on eight installations serving more than 10,000 students in North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Charlie Council, who has been acting District Superintendent since January 2018, will remain as chief-of-staff for the Mid-Atlantic District.
“I am humbled and grateful to serve as the Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent,” said Dr. Cuadrado. “I look forward to leading the great educators and administrators of this district and providing each child with an equitable and quality education.”
Dr. Cuadrado is currently the Community Superintendent of DoDEA Schools in Puerto Rico. He began his career with DoDEA in 1993 and has more than 30 years of education experience. Prior to his career with DoDEA, he taught elementary grades in Puerto Rico public schools. He began his career in DoDEA teaching in grades 6-12 and also taught Advanced Placement courses. Dr. Cuadrado went on to become the Assistant Principal and later Principal of Ramey Unit School. He later became the Assistant Superintendent for DoDEA’s New York, Virginia, Puerto Rico District.
Dr. Cuadrado has won numerous awards. He received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award and special Congressional recognition for outstanding service to his community. He was also selected as a DoDEA District Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Cuadrado earned his Bachelors in Elementary and Secondary Education and his Masters in Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration in 2004 from the InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico. Dr. Cuadrado and his wife, Oly, currently reside in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
He replaces Dr. Emily Marsh, who retired in December as Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.