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Dr. Youlanda Washington named as DoDEA Americas Kentucky Community Superintendent

For Immediate Release — August 24, 2017 | Americas
: Deputy Director, Communications | (571) 372-0614

Dr. Youlanda Washington, DoDEA Americas Kentucky Community Superintendent

FORT BENNING, GA — August 24, 2017 — Dr. Youlanda Washington has been named as the Kentucky Community Superintendent for the Southeast District Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

As the Kentucky Community Superintendent, Dr. Washington will oversee 10 DoDEA schools located on Fort Campbell and Fort Knox serving more than 4,780 students.

DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent, Dr. Christy Huddleston, recognized Dr. Washington’s experience in all aspects of school operations.

"Dr. Washington has vast experience in elementary through secondary school settings and at the district office. Additionally, she has been recognized as the teacher of the year for Ft Knox Schools on two different occasions and as the finalist for the State of Kentucky Elementary Principal of the Year in 2000,” said Dr. Huddleston.

Dr. Washington, a graduate of Fort Knox High School, counts it an honor and a privilege to serve the military-connected students, parents and staff of the Kentucky Community Schools at Ft Knox and Ft Campbell.

Dr. Washington currently serves as the principal of Scott Middle School at Fort Knox, Ky. Prior to that assignment, she served as the principal of Pierce Elementary school at Fort Knox and later went on to serve as an assistant superintendent in Oldham County, Kentucky Schools. In 2003 she was selected as one of the minority candidates to serve in Kentucky’s first Minority Superintendent Internship program. She also taught 6th grade for 16 years at Macdonald Middle School where she was the speech and debate coach

Dr. Washington’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s of Arts and a Rank I from Western Kentucky University. In 2002, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of Louisville. In 2004, she was awarded the Morphet Dissertation Award for the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year entitled, “Women in School Leadership: A Study of Female Superintendents in Kentucky.”

There are several publications to her credit. She authored several articles related to quality management and quality leadership. Her research focused on the role of a superintendent and the role of women in leadership. She has also produced educational videotapes focused on Cooperative Learning. Her publications have been presented at the American Educational Research Association (AREA) conferences and have been published in the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Washington is married to Joe I. Washington, Jr. They have two sons, Joe and Kevin, and three grandchildren. She enjoys writing and has authored two books. Dr. Washington will assume her new position on September 5.

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.

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