Department of Defense Education Activity

DoDEA Press Releases

HQ, Americas

Will Griffin

Public Affairs Officer
Chief Communications

4800 Mark Center Drive Alexandria, VA 22350

Phone: (571) 372-0613

Recent Press Releases

Three DoDEA Schools recognized as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three DoDEA Schools recognized as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools

September 20, 2022 The U.S. Department of Education recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
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Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DoDEA announce Youth Exchange Program 2022-23

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DoDEA announce Youth Exchange Program 2022-23

September 13, 2022 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific are excited to partner once again for the Youth Exchange Program 2022-23
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DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year Receives Fulbright Award

DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year Receives Fulbright Award

September 02, 2022 Daegu Elementary School teacher and DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Rachel Guilfoyle, has received the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Award.
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DoDEA Pacific announces ribbon cutting at E.J. King Middle High School

DoDEA Pacific announces ribbon cutting at E.J. King Middle High School

August 30, 2022 DoDEA Pacific announces ribbon cutting at E.J. King MHS
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Michelle Allen selected as Community Superintendent for Fort Knox

Michelle Allen selected as Community Superintendent for Fort Knox

August 26, 2022 Greg Bull, the Department of Defense Education Activity Southeast district superintendent, is pleased to announce Michelle Allen as the new community superintendent for Fort Knox.
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Lonnie Gilmore named Chief of Staff for DoDEA Americas Southeast District

Lonnie Gilmore named Chief of Staff for DoDEA Americas Southeast District

August 11, 2022 Greg Bull, the Department of Defense Education Activity Southeast district superintendent, is pleased to announce Lonnie Gilmore as the new chief of staff for the Southeast District.
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Tiffany Bryant Selected as Osan Middle High School, Principal

Tiffany Bryant Selected as Osan Middle High School, Principal

August 11, 2022 Dr. Sherwood Pacific West District Superintendent is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Tiffany Bryant as principal at Osan Middle High School.
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Natalya Cho Selected as Humphreys Middle School, Assistant Principal

Natalya Cho Selected as Humphreys Middle School, Assistant Principal

August 11, 2022 Dr. Sherwood Pacific West District Superintendent is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Natalya Cho as Assistant Principal at Humphreys Middle School.
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Dr. Tricia Surinak, History Teacher of the Year

Dr. Tricia Surinak, History Teacher of the Year

August 07, 2022 Dr. Tricia Surinak, a teacher at Ansbach Middle/High School in Germany, has been named the Department of Defense Education Activity History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
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Kristy Fountain named Principal of Heroes Elementary

Kristy Fountain named Principal of Heroes Elementary

August 05, 2022 Ryan Smith, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for Camp Lejeune, is pleased to announce Kristy Fountain as the new principal for Heroes Elementary. Fountain will assume her duties mid-September.
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Mr. Willy Williams selected as DoDEA Pacific South District Community Superintendent

Mr. Willy Williams selected as DoDEA Pacific South District Community Superintendent

August 05, 2022 Mr. Willy Williams selected as the new DoDEA Pacific South District Community Superintendent
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Welcome Back DoDEA Students and Families

Welcome Back DoDEA Students and Families

August 02, 2022 Nearly 19,000 students are headed back to schools at the Department of the Department of Defense Education Activity in the Americas. DoDEA Americas operates 50 schools in seven states, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
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Ms. Natasha Anderson Selected as Assistant Principal Zama Middle High School

Ms. Natasha Anderson Selected as Assistant Principal Zama Middle High School

August 01, 2022 Ms. Natasha Anderson Selected as Assistant Principal Zama Middle High School, Camp Zama Japan
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Ms. Andrea Prior Selected as Assistant Principal Iwakuni Elementary Complex Schools

Ms. Andrea Prior Selected as Assistant Principal Iwakuni Elementary Complex Schools

August 01, 2022 Ms. Andrea Prior Selected as Assistant Principal Iwakuni Elementary Complex Schools, Iwakuni, Japan
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Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson selected as Pacific East District Superintendent

Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson selected as Pacific East District Superintendent

August 01, 2022 Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Region Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson as DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent
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Willard Earl Clites IV Daegu Middle High, School Principal

Willard Earl Clites IV Daegu Middle High, School Principal

July 31, 2022 Willard Earl Clites IV selected as Daegu Middle High, School Principal
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Tiffiney Weddle Humphreys Central Elementary, School Principal

Tiffiney Weddle Humphreys Central Elementary, School Principal

July 27, 2022 Ms. Tiffiney Weddle selected as School Principal at Humphreys Central Elementary.
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Rynberg named Community Superintendent in East District

Rynberg named Community Superintendent in East District

July 21, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, Department of Defense Education Activity – Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Dr. Andrew Rynberg has been selected as the next community superintendent in DoDEA-Europe’s East District.
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DoDEA Announces School Meals Info For New School Year

DoDEA Announces School Meals Info For New School Year

July 21, 2022 For the last two years, school student meals were free. The free meals initiative was thanks to special, pandemic-era funding provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That funding has now expired.
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Ms. Heather Mildon selected as principal of Ralph Stearley Primary, DoDEA Pacific South District

Ms. Heather Mildon selected as principal of Ralph Stearley Primary, DoDEA Pacific South District

July 15, 2022 Ms. Heather Mildon selected as principal of Ralph Stearley PS, DoDEA Pacific South District
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Dr. Jason Ter Horst named Superintendent for Europe West

Dr. Jason Ter Horst named Superintendent for Europe West

July 14, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, Department of Defense Education Activity – Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Dr. Jason Ter Horst has been selected as the next superintendent for DoDEA-Europe’s West District.
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Vanessa Faerber selected as Community Superintendent for Fort Buchanan and Ramey, Puerto Rico

Vanessa Faerber selected as Community Superintendent for Fort Buchanan and Ramey, Puerto Rico

July 08, 2022 Kent Worford, the Department of Defense Education Activity Mid-Atlantic district superintendent, is pleased to announce Vanessa Faerber as the new community superintendent for Fort Buchanan and Ramey.
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Greg Bull selected as  DoDEA Superintendent for Southeast District

Greg Bull selected as DoDEA Superintendent for Southeast District

July 08, 2022 Americas Director for Student Excellence Dr. Judith A. Minor announced today that Greg Bull has been selected as the new DoDEA superintendent for the Southeast District.
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M.C. Perry High School student voices featured in Iwakuni City promotional videos

M.C. Perry High School student voices featured in Iwakuni City promotional videos

June 09, 2022 The voices of several M.C. Perry High School students can now be heard on promotional videos created by the City of Iwakuni, Japan.
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M.C. Perry and Iwakuni elementary schools become M.C. Perry Primary School, Iwakuni Intermediate School

M.C. Perry and Iwakuni elementary schools become M.C. Perry Primary School, Iwakuni Intermediate School

June 09, 2022 M.C. Perry Elementary and Iwakuni Elementary will be known as M.C. Perry Primary School and Iwakuni Intermediate School when students return for the 2022-23 school year
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Pacific East District Pilots Mock Trial Program

Pacific East District Pilots Mock Trial Program

June 07, 2022 Two PAC-East schools competed as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and witnesses in the first Pacific East District Mock Trial competition.
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DoDEA student awarded National Merit® College Sponsored Scholarship

DoDEA student awarded National Merit® College Sponsored Scholarship

June 06, 2022 The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced scholarship winners in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program-College Sponsored Scholarship. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Among the selectees is Ross Kenney, a senior at DoDEA’s Antilles High School in Puerto Rico.
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Judith Allen selected as AFNORTH International Schools Director

Judith Allen selected as AFNORTH International Schools Director

June 02, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, DoDEA-Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Dr. Judith Allen has been selected as the next Director for the AFNORTH International School.
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DoDEA Announces 2023 Teacher of the Year

DoDEA Announces 2023 Teacher of the Year

May 27, 2022 Lester Middle School teacher Dr. Cara Kaiser was selected as the 2023 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year.
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DoDEA Announces 2022 Dr. Linda L. Curtis Educator of Promise Recipient

DoDEA Announces 2022 Dr. Linda L. Curtis Educator of Promise Recipient

May 24, 2022 Ms. Beth Rayner, a Reading Specialist at Yokosuka Middle School on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, has been selected as the Department of Defense Education Activity’s 2022 Dr. Linda L. Curtis Educator of Promise.
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Sembach ES Groundbreaking Ceremony

Sembach ES Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 18, 2022 In a ceremony this morning (May 18, 2022), leaders from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) - Europe, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Europe District and other project partners, broke ground on a 21st-century elementary school on Sembach Kaserne.
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Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School named for SY 22-23

Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School named for SY 22-23

May 17, 2022 Mrs. Hoai-My T. Winder as Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School for SY 22-23
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Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School

Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School

May 11, 2022 Ms. Teresa Hahn Selected as Principal Sollars Elementary School on Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan, effective for the 2022-23 school year
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Camp Lejeune Community Schools host DoDEA pilot program

Camp Lejeune Community Schools host DoDEA pilot program

May 02, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity approved Camp Lejeune Community Schools for a three-year pilot program to open enrollment to children of full-time, active-duty service members living off base.
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Dahlgren Hosts DoDEA Pilot Program

Dahlgren Hosts DoDEA Pilot Program

May 02, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity approved Naval Support Facility Dahlgren for a three-year pilot program to open enrollment to children of full-time, active-duty military living off base.
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Ms. Anita Magrath Selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan

Ms. Anita Magrath Selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan

April 29, 2022 Ms. Anita Magrath has been selected as Principal Yokota West Elementary School, Yokota, Japan
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Angela Stephens Selected as DoDEA’s 2022 Principal of the Year

Angela Stephens Selected as DoDEA’s 2022 Principal of the Year

April 29, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity is pleased to announce Angela Stephens, principal of Bolden Elementary Middle School at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, as the DoDEA’s 2022 Principal of the Year.
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Kewanis Kennedy named Principal of Marshall ES

Kewanis Kennedy named Principal of Marshall ES

April 28, 2022 Joshua Adams, the Department of Defense Education Activity Kentucky community superintendent, announces Kewanis Kennedy as the new principal for Marshall Elementary School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Kennedy will assume his duties on May 10.
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DoDEA Pacific announces publication of SUN 48

DoDEA Pacific announces publication of SUN 48

April 27, 2022 SUN 48 presents the accomplishments of both students and staff from our schools in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, and Guam.
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Teresa Moon Selected As Community Superintendent in DoDEA Europe West District

Teresa Moon Selected As Community Superintendent in DoDEA Europe West District

April 26, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, DoDEA-Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Ms. Teresa Moon has been selected as a Community Superintendent in DoDEA-Europe’s West District.
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Andre Whitfield selected as Principal for Elliott ES

Andre Whitfield selected as Principal for Elliott ES

April 22, 2022 Brian Perry, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for South Carolina and Fort Stewart, is pleased to announce Andre Whitfield as the new principal for Middleton S. Elliott Elementary School at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. Whitfield will assume his duties on May 9, 2022.
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DoDEA Pacific South announces school leadership changes

DoDEA Pacific South announces school leadership changes

April 20, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific South District announces two school leadership changes on Kadena Air Base effective August 1, 2022.
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Fort Jackson hosts DoDEA pilot program

Fort Jackson hosts DoDEA pilot program

April 18, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity approved Fort Jackson for a three-year pilot program to open enrollment to children of full-time, active-duty military personnel living off post.
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