Principal of the Year Awardees

2024 Selectees for Principal of the Year

Ms. Kimberly S. Dunn 2024 Principal of the year

DoDEA 2024 Principal of the Year, Ms. Kimberly S. Dunn

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) proudly announces that Kimberly S. Dunn, principal of Dexter Elementary School in Fort Moore, GA, has been selected as the 2024 DoDEA Principal of the Year. Dunn has served as a teacher, instructional systems specialist, and now principal of Dexter ES. Her DoDEA experience includes both teaching and leading at the elementary and high school levels in Naples, Italy and Fort Liberty, North Carolina. 

Dunn began her continual pursuit of lifelong learning as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at North Carolina Central University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Master of Education in Educational Administration.

2024 Regional Principals of the Year


Ms. Dunn's selection as Principal of the Year reflects her outstanding leadership, commitment to fostering collaborative and respectful relationships, and continuous pursuit of excellence. Under Dunn's leadership, Dexter Elementary has seen significant transformation and achievement, streamlining operations and setting new standards for administrative excellence. 

Kimberly S. Dunn Named DoDEA Americas Principal of the Year


With over 27 years of service, Caryn has demonstrated her exceptional ability to create positive teaching and learning environments for staff and students. Her unwavering dedication to her profession is evident through the countless hours she has spent mentoring and guiding her colleagues, as well as her students. Currie has served with DoDEA as a teacher, assistant principal and other school improvement leadership roles and is currently the principal of Ramstein Intermediate School in the Ramstein military community. 

Ms. Caryn Currie named DoDEA Europe 2024 Principal of the Year


Mr. Jefferson works in partnership with parents and staff to ensure students receive the resources and support they need to grow socially, emotionally, and academically. He believes in encouraging teacher leaders, promoting opportunities for professional learning and growth through Instructional Rounds and Focused Collaboration. Mr. Jefferson has served as principal at the Sullivans School since 2023. 

Mr. Dwayne Jefferson named 2024 DoDEA Pacific Principal of the Year

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