Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Announces 2019 Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — May 18, 2018 | Europe

Anna Sansone

Anna Sansone

ALEXANDRIA, VA — May 18, 2018 — Vicenza Middle School science teacher Anna Sansone has been selected as the 2019 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year.

DoDEA Director, Mr. Thomas M. Brady spoke to her teaching style and educational philosophy.

“Ms. Sansone brings a persistent and relentless belief in student achievement and success, and she pursues engaging learning activities that bring the community into the classroom and the classroom to the community,” said Brady.

Ms. Sansone is a 7th grade science teacher at Vicenza Middle School in Vicenza, Italy. Ms. Sansone has twelve years teaching experience, eight of which have been with DoDEA. Prior to her present work in Vicenza, she also taught science and social studies and served as an Educational Technologist at EJ King High School in Sasebo, Japan and taught math and science at the Incirlik Unit School in Incirlik, Turkey.

An undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy major at Clark University, Ms. Sansone has a Master of Arts from National Louis University in Secondary Science Teaching, and Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University. She is currently working toward a PhD. Certified in science, math, social studies, Spanish, and as an Educational Technologist, she focuses on developing STEM literacy in diverse learning contexts. Her goal is to help students develop an identity as scientists and historians in her classroom through collaborative learning, real-world applications, and inquiry-based instruction.

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. Eight teachers were named District Teacher of the Year for 2019. Each District Teacher of the Year is invited to apply for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year.

Along with public recognition and the award, Ms. Sansone 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. Ms. Sansone will also attend the National Teacher of the Year Conference and participate in the Council of Chief of State School Officers (CCSSO)-sponsored Teacher of the Year events.

The year of service for the 2019 Teacher of the Year will begin on January 1, 2019 and run through December 2019. The selection is made months before the term begins to allow the DoDEA candidate and other candidates from the 50 states time to participate in the National Teacher of the Year program which selects a finalist in December. The current (2018) DoDEA Teacher of the Year's term runs through the end of December 2018.

A complete listing of this year’s recipients is listed on the next page. Additional information about DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year Program, including point of contact, may be found on our web site.

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.

DoDEA District 2019 Teachers of the Year Recipients

(Listed alphabetically by last name)

2018-2019 TOYs District School Position
Courtney Conover-Woodworth Pacific East Yokota West ES Special Education
Colleen English Europe West Spangdahlem ES 5th Grade
Emily Hatch Pacific West Daegu ES Music
Stephanie Marley Americas Southeast Wilson ES 3rd Grade
Theresa Martin Americas Mid-Atlantic Quantico M/HS Social Studies
Megan Reyes Pacific South Kadena MS Social Studies
Anna Sansone Europe South Vicenza MS Science
Roswitha Timbrell Europe East Wiesbaden HS German