Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Announces 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — May 30, 2014 | HQ

Sarah Loomis DoDEA 2014-15 Teacher of the Year

Sarah Loomis, DoDEA 2014-15 Teacher of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 30, 2014 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) proudly announces Kaiserslautern Elementary school teacher, Sarah Loomis as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year.

DoDEA Director Tom Brady presented the award to a surprised Loomis, in front of faculty, staff and parents, during a town hall meeting at Kaiserslautern Elementary School.

“It is an honor for me to be here in Germany to present this award to Sarah, in person,” Mr. Brady said. “She really deserves this distinction. I also commend all the nominees, as there were so many wonderful teaching styles and ideas represented that benefit our DoDEA students. It is one thing to be awarded for your dedication to your career, but it is extra special when the people who nominate you are peers, parents and the school community you are here to serve,” he added.

A veteran teacher of 21 years, Loomis is an Educational Technologist and has been teaching at Kaiserslautern Elementary School for four years.

Loomis believes that students need to experience learning from a variety of perspectives. She believes that as teachers, it is essential to build problem based learning environments that are engaging, that allow for risk-taking, that are goal-oriented and are relevant to the real world.

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors exemplary Pre-k, through high school teachers. The process begins at the nomination level where teachers may be nominated by peers, administrators, parents, students or community members. Each District Teacher of the Year is selected by a district panel using specified criteria to review District teacher of the Year applications. Fourteen teachers were named District Teacher of the Year for 2014-1015. Each District Teacher of the Year is invited to apply for the DoDEA teacher of the Year.

Along with the public recognition and the award, Loomis will gain entry into the National Teacher of the Year application pool, and will be recognized by the President at an event at The White House. Loomis will also attend the National Teacher of the Year Conference in Arizona and participate in the Council of Chief of State School Officers (CCSSO) sponsored Teacher of the Year events.

A complete listing of this year’s recipients is listed below. Additional information about DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year Program, including point of contact, may be found at the following web site:

DoDEA District Teacher of the Year Recipients (Listed in alphabetical order by last name)





Daisy Alegre-Cruz


Career Practicum, Advanced Placement Psychology, and AVID

Lakenheath High School

Katie Biggs


Kindergarten Teacher

Seoul American Elementary School

Lota Bryans

SC/Ft. Stewart/Cuba

Reading Instructional Support Teacher
(3rd- 6th grades)

Patrick L. Kessler Elementary school

Lynn Irwin


1st Grade Teacher

Ft. Rucker Primary School

Sarah Loomis


Educational Technologist

Kaiserslautern Elementary School

Jessica McKelvey


3rd Grade Teacher

Pierce Elementary

Sarah McKinney


English and Literature Teacher

Kadena High School

Kelly Melvin

NC-Fort Bragg

Physical Education/Health Teacher

Albritton Middle School

Kristina Munoz


3rd Grade Teacher

Aviano Elementary School

Donna Rhodes


1st Grade Teacher

Andersen Elementary School

Jeff Sparling


3rd Grade Teacher

The Sullivans School

Louise Thompson


1st/2nd Grade Multiage STEAM Teacher

Ansbach Elementary School

Maryellen Tissandier

NC-Camp Lejeune

4th Grade Teacher

Tarawa Terrace Elementary School

Tricia Willis


6th- 8th Grade Science/Health Teacher

West Point Middle School

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the United States that serve children of military families.