ALEXANDRIA, VA — October 6, 2017 — Cindy Templeton, a retired principal from the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Killin Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, was recognized recently at an awards ceremony in the Pentagon for her contributions to disability awareness.
In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Department of Defense (DoD) hosted its 37th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony on Thursday. These awards highlight the accomplishments and abilities of employees and service members with disabilities who have made significant contributions to and best demonstrate the DoD’s core values.
Templeton was unable to attend the ceremony, however, when informed about this award, she was honored to be nominated and chosen. Cheryl Adams, DoDEA’s Chief for Diversity and Inclusion, accepted the award on her behalf.
“My goal has always been to have my disability be a strength,” said Templeton via email from her home in Idaho. “Over the years, I have had the privilege to witness the support and inclusivity granted to [disabled federal employees].”
DoDEA Director Thomas M. Brady attended the ceremony and praised Templeton for her focus on inspiring students to explore science and math through technology and robotics.
“I am proud of Cindy’s dedication to educating military-connected children for nearly three decades,” said Brady. “This award reaffirms Cindy’s commitment to excellence in education. I wish her well in retirement.”
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.