Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), announced today the selection of Dr. Judith A. Minor as the new Associate Director for Performance and Accountability and Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas.
The Associate Director for Performance and Accountability and Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas is a restructured position under the Restructuring for Student Achievement (RSA) initiative. Dr. Minor will lead an effort to build, execute, and monitor a system-wide educational accountability system, which includes building a system-wide balanced scorecard to manage continuous improvement. This includes oversight of district and school accountability processes including the development of short- and long-term performance metrics, development and delivery of reports on school and system performance, and working with staff at all levels to understand and use performance data.
As the Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas, Dr. Minor will be responsible for educational oversight of the 52 schools, 2 districts, and 21,000+ students in the Americas domestic footprint. This includes the planning, formulation, and development of policies and programs in all areas of educational administration and support for DoDEA Americas.
Most recently, Dr. Minor served as the Associate Superintendent of Community Unit School District (SD) #308 in Oswego, Illinois. There she provided support to the Superintendent and leadership in developing and maintaining the best possible educational services for all 18,200+ students in the 7th largest unit district in Illinois. Her responsibilities included oversight of instructional programming and delivery as well as planning for fiscal management/efficiencies of a $200M budget, boundary redesign, and new building projects for alternative educational services.
Dr. Minor brings a wealth of experience as an educator in public education. Her previous positions included: Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, SD #308; Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Community High School District 99, Downers Grove; Director of Staff Support Services, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights; and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development, Community High School District 94, West Chicago.
Mr. Brady expressed confidence in Dr. Minor's experience and readiness to serve military families and DoDEA employees in this new role.
"Judy has a lifelong passion for helping students achieve. As a military spouse, she understands and values the significance of the commitment to student success at the core of our DoDEA mission. I welcome her to this new leadership role."
Dr. Minor is ready and equally excited about this new leadership challenge.
"It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve the military-connected families of the DoD. I am eager to advance the DoDEA mission and vision in support of educating, engaging and empowering each student for success in a dynamic world," said Dr. Minor.
Dr. Minor received her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University (Chicago) and a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Interdisciplinary Studies from National-Louis University (Evanston, Illinois) and a Bachelor's Degree in English from McKendree University (Lebanon, Illinois). She also holds superintendent and administrative endorsements from Loyola University (Chicago) and a secondary education teaching certification from North Central College (Naperville, Illinois).
Her work over the years has garnered numerous honors and recognition. Dr. Minor was selected in 2016 as one of 20 women nationally who have exhibited professional excellence and a commitment to their work in the field of education by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to participate in the inaugural cohort of the AASA Aspiring Women Leaders Program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Minor hails from a military family where her spouse (retired) and 3 grown children all served proudly in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her experiences as a military spouse and mother of military-connected children, Dr. Minor was a long-term substitute in DoDEA schools in Bitburg, Germany in the 1980s.
Dr. Minor will assume her new responsibilities at DoDEA HQ in Alexandria, Virginia, effective July 24, 2017, and will be inducted into Senior Executive Service (SES) shortly thereafter.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to 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 Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.