Dr. Jeff Arrington, DoDEA Europe South District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Arturo Rivera as Principal for Naples Elementary School.
Mr. Rivera enjoyed his first career as a United States Marine serving over twenty years. During his service in the U. S. Marine Corps, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland Asian Division. Mr. Rivera went on to attend the University of Maryland College Park where he received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services. After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 he received his teaching certificate from the state of Texas.
Following his military retirement, Mr. Rivera was quickly picked up by the McKinney, Texas ISD where he was selected by the Superintendent's office to attend the district’s sponsored School Administrator Certification Program. Upon completion of the program, Mr. Rivera received a Master of Arts in School Administration from Dallas Baptist University and a school administrator certificate from the state of Texas.
In 2008 Mr. Rivera was selected by DoDEA for a teaching position in Stuttgart, Germany. While in Stuttgart, he participated as a member of many committees to include the School Advisory Committee, Installation Advisory Committee, Union representative, and the Continuous School Improvement team.
In 2013, Mr. Rivera was selected as Assistant Principal at Naples Elementary School in Naples, Italy, where the core of his commitment and educational priorities included fostering positive relationships with all stakeholders to build a productive school environment, promoting student success, and student safety.
Mr. Rivera served as the Principal at Matthew C. Perry Elementary School located at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan from 2015 to 2019. Most recently, Mr. Rivera served as the Principal at Netzaberg ES in Grafenwoehr, Germany. During his tenure at Netzaberg ES, Mr. Rivera restructured the school to better serve students and community.
Mr. Rivera has enjoyed 36 years of marriage to Margaret Rivera. The Rivera's have two children, Roberto and Nina, and one grandson, Jonah.
Mr. Rivera is eager and excited to join the team at Naples Elementary School as the new Principal.