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Middlemiss Named as Interim DDESS Director

For Immediate Release — October 22, 2012 | HQ
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Dr. Middlemiss

Dr. Beth Middlemiss

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — October 22, 2012 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Dr. Beth Middlemiss to a temporary appointment as the Special Assistant and Senior Advisor for Education to the DoDEA Director.

In this capacity, Dr. Middlemiss will serve as the Interim Area Director for the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and DoDDS-Cuba schools. Since May 2011, Dr. Linda L. Curtis has been serving as the senior civilian responsible for managing operations and directing activities for the (DDESS) and DoDDS-Cuba schools. Dr. Curtis will return to her position as Area Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for DDESS schools.

As the Director for DoDEA schools in the United States and Cuba, Dr. Middlemiss will oversee the operations of 65 schools located on 16 military installations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga., DoDEA schools in the United States are structured into 5 districts, educate more than 26,000 students and employ more than 4,000 people.

Dr. Middlemiss retired from DoDEA in 2006, with more than 19 years' service. She has held a variety of leadership and administrative positions, to include serving as DoDEA's Principal Deputy Director. Dr. Middlemiss has also served as the Interim DDESS Deputy Director and Chief of Staff; Principal at Faith Middle School, Fort Benning, Ga.; and Director of Professional Development and Public Relations, Fort Benning Schools.

Prior to joining DoDEA, Dr. Middlemiss was a principal, assistant principal, counselor and teacher in Coweta County Schools in Georgia. Dr. Middlemiss holds a Doctorate Degree in Education (Education Administration and Supervision) from Georgia State University; a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from West Georgia College; an Education Specialist Degree in Administration Supervision from West Georgia College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, N.J.

Currently, Dr. Middlemiss volunteers with the Juvenile Courts in Cobb County, Ga., as a member of a Judicial Citizen Review Panel that focuses on care and support for foster children in the county. She has also served on the Advisory Committee for the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools ; the Advisory Committee of the Columbus State University Administration and Supervision Program; and the Board of Directors, Chattahoochee Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Inc.

She has also received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service and American Overseas Schools Historical Society Flame Award.

"Dr. Middlemiss is an extraordinary educator who has a proven record of success and valuable experience with DoDEA schools," said DoDEA Director, Marilee Fitzgerald. "We are extremely fortunate that she has graciously returned to our team, and we are looking forward to the contributions she will make to educational excellence in our schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her passion for education and commitment to serving students of our nation's military families. We are delighted that she is bringing that care, concern, dedication, and enthusiasm back to our organization," Ms. Fitzgerald added.

Ms. Fitzgerald also praised Dr. Curtis for her leadership at DDESS over the past 18 months.

"We all owe a great deal of gratitude and admiration for the job Dr. Curtis has done in leading our DDESS schools for the past 18 months," said Ms. Fitzgerald. "Thanks to Dr. Curtis' skillful management and commitment to student achievement and performance, our DDESS schools continued to soar and reach new heights."

Commenting on her return, Dr. Middlemiss expressed her hopes and expectations.

"I am honored and humbled to be able to return to DoDEA to help students achieve their highest potential," Dr. Middlemiss said. "I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces of those I have worked with in the past and I am excited to meet teachers, staff and students who have just joined DoDEA. Together we will continue moving our schools forward as Dr. Curtis has done over the past 18 months. It truly is a rare opportunity to be able to serve military families again," she added.

Dr. Middlemiss lives in Marietta, Ga, and is married to Robert Middlemiss. They have one daughter, Whitney Sutherland, son-in-law Neil Sutherland, and three grandchildren, Marylou, Ellie, and Will.

DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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