Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Announces 2016 Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — May 29, 2015 | HQ

Arian Talley and Mary Hansen

DoDEA ‘s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, Dr. Adrian Talley, presented the award to Mrs. Hansen, at the school, during a special assembly.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 29, 2015 — Crossroads Elementary School teacher, Mary Hansen has been selected as the 2016 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year.

DoDEA ‘s Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education, Dr. Adrian Talley, presented the award to Mrs. Hansen, at the school, during a special assembly.

“DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Mary Hansen, represents what we all want in our educators. She is dynamic, engaging, and reflective in her teaching practices,” said Dr. Talley. “She makes a difference in the lives our children. She makes a difference in the lives of her peers. Through word and practice, she sees the power of teachers collaboratively building an educational community for educators and students, and parents. We are all very proud of Mary Hansen.”

Mary Hansen is the 4-5th grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher and instructional coach at the new Crossroads Elementary School, on Marine Corps Base Quantico (VA). She has 20 years of teaching experience with 16 of those years in DoDEA.

Mrs. Hansen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, cum laude, from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning Elementary Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University.

She is professionally certified in Elementary Education PreK-6 and Gifted Education K-12, and is currently pursuing her Math Specialist certification.

Mrs. Hansen ignites her students’ interest in STEM by creating learning opportunities that are challenging, meaningful, and relevant. She believes that teachers must embrace change, encourage innovation, and foster creativity; not just in their students, but in themselves.

Mrs. Hansen is married to a retired U.S. Army officer and has two children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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 2015-2016. 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, Mrs. Hansen will gain entry into the National Teacher of the Year application pool, and will be recognized by the President at a future event at The White House. Mrs. Hansen 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: .

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name)

Name District School Position
Michael Lee Dodd II Bavaria District Robinson Barracks E/MS Science
Mary Hansen NY/VA/PR District Crossroads ES STEM Teacher and Instructional Coach
Kathy Holley SC/Ft. Stewart/Cuba District Bolden ES/MS Gifted Teacher
Christopher Kaldahl Mediterranean District Rota M/HS Science
Bridget Lester GA/AL District Ft. Rucker Primary School Gifted
Ashley Melton NC-Camp Lejeune District Heroes ES 5th Grade
Catherine Mince Japan District Yokota MS Social Studies
Todd Mitchell Isles District Shape HS Science
Michael Perez Korea District Seoul ES Music
Denise Sheedy Guam District Andersen ES Kindergarten
Allyson Snowden Okinawa District Kadena MS Special Ed
Kacey Toole KY District Lincoln ES 3rd Grade
Lisa Williams NC-Fort Bragg District Hampton Primary School Special Ed (LIMM)
Gariann Wrenchey Kaiserslautern District Landstuhl E/MS Language Arts and AVID

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 a 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 U.S. that serve children of military families.