For Immediate Release
Date: August 8, 2023

Public Affairs Officer


(315) 652-5657

Mr. Robert “Bob” Panitzke Selected Principal at Mendel Elementary School

Mr. Robert “Bob” Panitzke, Principal, Mendel Elementary School

Mr. Panitzke brings 24 years of experience in education to DoDEA. He has taught reading, self-contained ESE, English, and physical education. For the past six years, he has served as a school administrator at the middle and high school levels.

Mr. Panitzke holds a bachelor’s degree from Tarkio College in physical education and master’s degree in educational leadership from American College of Education. Recently, he completed Level 2 Principal Certification through the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) program.

Working for DoDEA has always been a goal for Mr. Panitzke. As a soldier stationed in Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern, he witnessed firsthand the importance of the DoDEA schools to military community.

Mr. Panitzke is extremely excited to be part of the Mendel team and the Yokota Air Base family. He looks forward to helping build a strong team and family atmosphere and providing the best possible education to the children of those who serve our great country.

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