Mr. Romero originally hails from Chihuahua, Mexico, but grew up in the Grand Canyon state in Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the DoDEA family in 2003 as a sixth-grade teacher at Daegu American School, where the journey began. During the span of Mr. Romero’s DoDEA career he has served in various roles such as teacher, chairperson of several grade levels and departments, continuous improvement chair, mentor teacher coordinator, Pacific Literacy Initiative leader and other various leadership roles, ultimately becoming an assistant principal for Seoul American Elementary School and Osan Middle High School. Being from Arizona, he received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Bilingual Elementary Education in 1999, and his master’s degree in 2001 in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He continues to educate himself because he is a lifelong learner.
Mr. Romero provides positive, professional leadership that makes a difference in the lives of the students and staff he supports. Mr. Romero focuses on student success and implements best practices for teaching and learning. He has built positive relationships with all stakeholders in his schools. Mr. Romero inspires those around him to be better as he continues to learn and grow with his teachers and community. Mr. Romero values integrity, sincerity, truthfulness, fairness, and honesty in his leadership and prioritizes the needs of students and teachers.
Mr. Romero is excited to be serving the community of Humphreys West Elementary School as principal. He will be joining the strong and dedicated Osprey Family where “OSPREY LEAD THE WAY”. Mr. Romero wants all to know that “Together we will offer excellence in education for every student, every day and everywhere!”.
Dr. Valencia Hickey has been selected as the assistant principal at Humphreys West Elementary School.
A military spouse, she began her teaching career with DoDEA as a first-grade teacher in Aviano, Italy. She then returned stateside with her husband, where she taught first, second, and third grades at a local elementary school. Her experience also includes serving as a reading support teacher for grades 4-6 in Germany, teaching in the Early Childhood Care and Education department at Central Georgia Technical College, a School Liaison Officer at USAG Yongsan, and a fourth grade teacher at Osan Elementary School.
Dr. Hickey holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University, a master’s degree in School Administration from Cambridge College, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
She is excited for this new experience and the opportunity to foster positive relationships with students, faculty, and families in the community.
Dr. Hickey and her husband, Ta’Vares Hickey, are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Ta’Coria and Tailan, and one son, Vaden.