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For Immediate Release — July 15, 2009 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — July 15, 2009 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) announced the selection of Deputy Area Superintendents for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA) for Europe, the Pacific and the U.S.

These three Deputy Area Superintendents will assist the Area Superintendents for CIA in managing and supervising the Area Office educational staffs and district superintendents for each of their respective areas. They will also assist the Area Superintendents for CIA in directing the development of the professional competencies of staff.

"The three newly appointed Area Deputy Superintendents for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment bring proven leadership to DoDEA's educational mission. The leadership, knowledge, and expertise they bring to DoDEA from their varied experiences as educators will enrich the quality of our educational environment for administrators, teachers, and students," said Charles Toth, Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education for DoDEA.

"We are continuing to make changes within our organization that will increase teacher and administrator accountability and add impetus to our continued focus on highest student achievement," Toth said. "We are committed to excellence in learning through excellence in teaching because DoD students deserve the best education America has to offer."

Dr. Peggy Bullion was selected as the Deputy Area Superintendent for CIA for the Pacific. With more than 20 years with DoDEA, her most recent position was as the Chief of the Education Division for Department of Defense for the Pacific. She earned her Doctorate of Education from George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She earned her Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, La.

Elizabeth Thomas was selected as the Deputy Area Superintendent for CIA for DoDEAÕs stateside schools. Thomas was previously assigned as the Assistant Superintendent for the North Carolina District, located at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. in North Carolina.

She began her teaching career in 1970 with the North Carolina School system. She joined DoDEA in 1981 when she accepted a teaching position at Camp Lejeune. Thomas earned her MasterÕs Degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and her Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Carolina University.

Russell Claus was selected as the Deputy Area Superintendent for CIA for Europe. Claus recently served as the Principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School in Heidelberg, Germany. He began his DoDEA career in 1983 as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Iwakuni, Japan. Since then, heÕs held many positions within DoDEA including teacher, instructional systems specialist and assistant principal. Claus earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Towson State University in Towson, Md. and his Bachelor of Arts from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

Area Communications Offices: