The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) - Pacific West District proudly announces that Mr. Edward Rozzi has been selected to represent the DoDEA Pacific West District as 2025 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Rozzi teaches 11th grade English/Language Arts and Advanced Placement Language and Composition at Humphreys High School, Camp Humphreys, South Korea.

Mr. Rozzi has taught at Humphreys High School for the past five years. He taught at DoDEA’s Seoul American High School for two years, prior to its closure. His teaching experience also includes nine years of teaching ELA and History for Quality Schools International in Kazakhstan and China.

As a teacher-leader at Humphreys High School, Mr. Rozzi has served as ELA and World Language Department Chair, Continuous School Improvement Leadership Team Member, and Focused Collaboration Group Leader, and Student Success Committee Member. He is also an active participant in the DoDEA Pacific Teacher Leadership Academy.

“As DoDEA teachers, we work hard every day to impact the lives of military-connected students in many different facets of life and academics,” Mr. Rozzi said. “Knowing that this hard work has been recognized is a culmination of a lot of hours spent before, during, and after school, teaching and building mentorship outside of the classroom, sponsoring clubs/sports that make Humphreys High – and many other DoDEA schools around the world – a place students are excited to be. To be named the 2025 District Teacher of the Year is an honor, privilege, and, in many respects, a new felt responsibility to do my best to represent the hard work I see my colleagues put into their classrooms, and school, each day.”

Mr. Rozzi believes all students deserve the right to have their experiences, cultural lenses and views appreciated within a democratic setting of learning. After the dismissal bell rings, he can be found coaching men’s volleyball and eSports, as well as serving as sponsor for the National English Honor Society and Junior Class.

“Military-connected students are special because they are not only children of service members, contractors, and DOD civilians keeping our country safe, stateside, and abroad, but also symbolize the multi-faceted views and experiences needed to continue to make America the greatest country in the world,” Mr. Rozzi said. “Being given the responsibility to not only live overseas, but also represent one’s country, means having to hold oneself to a higher standard of responsibility and conduct, but also dealing with a set of challenges that are completely foreign to those that don’t have to move overseas. Working with military-connected students is special because they are the most resilient, persistent, and uniquely predisposed students I’ve taught, and that makes my classroom, and this organization, a special place to be a part of.”

Mr. Rozzi holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Northern Arizona University and two Masters of Education in literacy and educational leadership, both from Eastern Washington University.

Official photo of Mr. Edward Rozzi.
Edward Rozzi 11th Grade ELA and AP Language and Composition Teacher
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