Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Names Daniele Massey as 2013 Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — November 7, 2012 |

Daniele Massey

Daniele Massey

ALEXANDRIA, VA — November 7, 2012 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is proud to announce the selection of Daniele Massey as DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year (ToY). Massey, an Algebra I teacher for students at Vilseck High School in Vilseck, Germany, will represent DoDEA at the National ToY Program.

Massey is a military spouse and accompanied her husband to Vilseck in 2006 where she was offered her first DoDEA teaching position. Prior to moving, she taught at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, NC. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics and continued her education at Central Missouri State University, earning a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration.

“We are honored to name Daniele Massey as our DoDEA Teacher of the Year,” said DoDEA Director Marilee Fitzgerald. “As a military spouse, she is well-acquainted with the impact of the unique military lifestyle on the education of our children.” Fitzgerald lauded Massey’s impact in the classroom and said she has changed the lives of thousands of children worldwide.

Massey was selected as the Bavaria District ToY and was then selected by a panel of DoDEA leadership which included the 2012 DoDEA ToY, Angela Wilson. Wilson was one of four finalists to be selected to compete for the title of National ToY.

Massey believes in developing and fostering personal connections with students, parents and community members to help students achieve success. She co-teaches an Algebra I Flipped Mastery Style teaching. The flipped classroom is a teaching style where students use the internet, videos and reading to receive much of their information at home so class time can be used for student/teacher interaction instead of lecturing.

“I want students to take ownership of their learning,” Massey said.

Outside of school Massey dedicates her time to volunteering in the community through various events and clubs. Massey and her husband, Major Adrian Massey, have two daughters.

The DoDEA ToY Program recognizes and promotes excellence in education. The ToY competition is the oldest and most prestigious awards program for teachers in the country. A project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), ToY is sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, in partnership with the University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.

The CCSSO is a non partisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, DoDEA, and five U. S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.

The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, congress, and the public.

Teachers may be nominated by a peer, administrator, parent, student, or community member. Nominees complete an application packet and submit it to a selection panel at a DoDEA District Office where one applicant is chosen as the District ToY. A second panel assembled at DoDEA Headquarters then selects the DoDEA ToY from the candidates submitted from each district. The DoDEA ToY competes for the title of National ToY.

The ToY Program encourages teachers to take an active part in educational leadership. As outstanding educators, those selected perform a variety of roles. They promote the teaching profession and work with school officials to enhance the quality of teaching and the education of DoDEA students.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten – 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, Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.