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Recent Press Releases

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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DoDEA Americas Announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

DoDEA Americas Announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

March 17, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity is pleased to announce Americas 2023 District Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to Jennifer Lubba, Gordon Elementary School, and Laura Alvarez, Fort Knox Middle High School. Both are now in the running for DoDEA Teacher of the Year.
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DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Lucille Sutherland as Region Principal of the Year

DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Lucille Sutherland as Region Principal of the Year

March 11, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Pacific region is pleased to announce Ms. Lucille Sutherland, principal of Kinser Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, as the 2022 DoDEA Pacific Principal of the Year.
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Fredo Ontiveros Selected as 2022 DoDEA-Europe Principal of the Year

Fredo Ontiveros Selected as 2022 DoDEA-Europe Principal of the Year

March 07, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity is pleased to announce Fredo Ontiveros, principal of Ramstein High School, as the 2022 DoDEA-Europe Principal of the Year.
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Angela Stephens Selected as Americas Principal of the Year

Angela Stephens Selected as Americas Principal of the Year

March 07, 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 2022 DoDEA Americas Principal of the Year.
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DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year

March 03, 2022 DoDEA Pacific announces 2023 District Teachers of the Year for the Pacific East, Pacific South, and Pacific West districts.
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DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts

DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts

March 02, 2022 DoDEA Pacific holds hybrid Far East Drama and Performing Arts with the USO.
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DoDEA Europe East District 2023 Teacher of the Year

DoDEA Europe East District 2023 Teacher of the Year

March 01, 2022 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Europe East Superintendent, Mr. Steven L. Sanchez, is pleased to announce the selection of Oona Delaney as the DoDEA Europe East District 2023 Teacher of the Year.
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DoDEA Europe South District Teacher of the Year 2023

DoDEA Europe South District Teacher of the Year 2023

March 01, 2022 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Europe South Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Arrington is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Timothy Ramey as the DoDEA Europe South District 2023 Teacher of the Year.
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Daegu MHS student accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

Daegu MHS student accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

February 28, 2022 Daegu Middle High School senior Leah Bridget Victoria Merchant has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Europe West District Teacher of the Year 2023

Europe West District Teacher of the Year 2023

February 25, 2022 DoDEA Europe West Acting Superintendent, Ms. Melissa Hayes, announces the selection of Ms. Jennifer Mench as Teacher of the Year 2023.
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Dr. Lashaunda Norman Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist Iwakuni Complex

Dr. Lashaunda Norman Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist Iwakuni Complex

February 23, 2022 Dr. Judith J. Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Lashaunda Norman as Professional Learning Instructional Support Specialist for Iwakuni Complex schools.
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Christopher B. Kimmey Selected as Interim Principal Iwakuni Elementary School, Japan

Christopher B. Kimmey Selected as Interim Principal Iwakuni Elementary School, Japan

February 22, 2022 Dr. Judith J. Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Christopher B. Kimmey as Interim Principal for Iwakuni Elementary School on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.
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Two DoDEA Educators Selected for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Two DoDEA Educators Selected for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

February 15, 2022 The Department of Defense Education Activity is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program for the K-6th grade teachers of science and mathematics.
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Joseph Lovett Selected as Acting Superintendent for Europe West

Joseph Lovett Selected as Acting Superintendent for Europe West

February 15, 2022 – Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, DoDEA-Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Mr. Joseph Lovett has been selected as the acting Superintendent for Europe’s West District. “Mr. Lovett brings a wealth of experience and leadership ability to this position. He knows the West District well and I am so pleased to announce him as the acting Superintendent,” said Dr. Brahaney.
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Alissa Richards selected as Principal for Mahaffey MS

Alissa Richards selected as Principal for Mahaffey MS

February 14, 2022 Joshua Adams, the Department of Defense Education Activity Kentucky community superintendent, announces Alissa Richards as the new principal for Mahaffey Middle School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
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James Brown selected as Principal for Johnson PS

James Brown selected as Principal for Johnson PS

February 11, 2022 Ryan Smith, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for Camp Lejeune, is pleased to announce James Brown as the new principal for Johnson Primary School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
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Jennifer Atkinson selected as Principal for Barkley ES

Jennifer Atkinson selected as Principal for Barkley ES

February 11, 2022 — Joshua Adams, the Department of Defense Education Activity Kentucky community superintendent, announces Jennifer Atkinson as the new principal for Barkley Elementary School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
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Jessica Thorne selected as Principal for  EA White Elementary

Jessica Thorne selected as Principal for EA White Elementary

February 10, 2022 Lisa Coleman, the Department of Defense Education Activity Georgia/Alabama community superintendent, announces Jessica Thorne as the new principal for E.A. White Elementary School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
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Tammy Shadd selected as Principal for Pinckney ES

Tammy Shadd selected as Principal for Pinckney ES

February 10, 2022 Brian Perry, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for South Carolina and Fort Stewart, is pleased to announce Taminika Shadd as the new principal for Pinckney Elementary School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
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DoDEA 2021 Teacher of the Year Named Recipient of Presidential Teaching Award

DoDEA 2021 Teacher of the Year Named Recipient of Presidential Teaching Award

February 10, 2022 President Joe Biden has named DoDEA-Europe teacher, Ms. Lachanda Garrison, as one of 117 nation-wide teachers, mentors, and mentoring organizations as recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
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DoDEA Pacific South announces plans to renovate Bechtel Elementary School

DoDEA Pacific South announces plans to renovate Bechtel Elementary School

February 03, 2022 DoDEA Pacific South District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce a large-scale renovation and new construction project at Bechtel Elementary School.
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DoDEA Pacific selects Dr. Jacob Sherwood for Pacific West District Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific selects Dr. Jacob Sherwood for Pacific West District Superintendent

February 03, 2022 Pacific Director for Student Excellence Ms. Lois Rapp is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jacob Sherwood as Superintendent of the Pacific West District
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Stephanie El Sayed Selected for Europe South Community Superintendent

Stephanie El Sayed Selected for Europe South Community Superintendent

January 14, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, DoDEA-Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces that Ms. Stephanie El Sayed has been selected as the Community Superintendent for Bahrain, Turkey and Italy South.
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DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Melissa Hayes for Pacific South District Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific selects Ms. Melissa Hayes for Pacific South District Superintendent

January 13, 2022 Pacific Director for Student Excellence Ms. Lois Rapp is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Melissa Hayes as Superintendent of the Pacific South District (Okinawa, Japan).
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Matthew Rickett Selected as Andersen Elementary, Assistant Principal

Matthew Rickett Selected as Andersen Elementary, Assistant Principal

January 12, 2022 Dr. Jeff Arrington, DoDEA Pacific West District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Matthew Rickett as assistant principal of Andersen Middle School.
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DoDEA Europe Students Selected for the US Senate Youth Program

DoDEA Europe Students Selected for the US Senate Youth Program

January 12, 2022 The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has announced that high school students Mr. Gabriel Todd Stephenson and Ms. Megan Lee Wills represent the Department of Defense Education Activity during the 60th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 6-9, 2022.
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DoDEA Announces 2022 Teacher of the Year

DoDEA Announces 2022 Teacher of the Year

January 10, 2022 Congratulations again to DoDEA's 2022 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Rachel Guilfoyle, 5th grade teacher and teacher leader at Daegu Elementary School, as she begins her year of honor!
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Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson Selected Humphreys High School, School Principal

Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson Selected Humphreys High School, School Principal

January 03, 2022 Dr. Jeff Arrington, DoDEA Pacific West District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Amanda Schwerdt-Johnson as principal of Humphreys High School.
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April Hallback selected as Principal for Murray Elementary

April Hallback selected as Principal for Murray Elementary

January 03, 2022 Brian Perry, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for South Carolina and Fort Stewart, is pleased to announce April Hallback as the new principal for Murray Elementary School at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Hallback will assume her duties on January 18.
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Ms. Erin Grazak selected as Pacific East District Chief of Staff Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

Ms. Erin Grazak selected as Pacific East District Chief of Staff Yokota Air Base, Yokota, Japan

December 16, 2021 Dr. Judy Allen, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Erin Grazak as the district’s Chief of Staff.
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DoDEA Pacific announces Pacific West District Acting Superintendent

DoDEA Pacific announces Pacific West District Acting Superintendent

December 15, 2021 Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to appoint Dr. Christopher Marczak as Acting Superintendent of the Pacific West District, effective January 18, 2022
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Worford Selected as DoDEA Superintendent, Mid-Atlantic District

Worford Selected as DoDEA Superintendent, Mid-Atlantic District

December 15, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady announced today that Mr. Kent Worford has been selected as the new DoDEA Superintendent for the Mid-Atlantic District.
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Wing Selected as DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Wing Selected as DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

December 08, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady announced today that Ms. Kelisa Wing has been selected as the new DoDEA Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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Donato Cuadrado Retires After 36 Years as an Educator

Donato Cuadrado Retires After 36 Years as an Educator

December 07, 2021 Donato Cuadrado, the Department of Defense Education Activity Mid-Atlantic District superintendent, will retire Dec. 31, after working as an educator for 36 years, 33 of them in service to military children.
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DoDEA-Europe West District Earns 2021 ‘System of Distinction Award’

DoDEA-Europe West District Earns 2021 ‘System of Distinction Award’

December 01, 2021 DoDEA-Europe West District was 1 of 80 institutes out of 1,233 Engagement Reviews conducted in 2020-2021 recently recognized with a 2021 Cognia System of Distinction Award. The award recognizes the district’s pursuit of continuous improvement demonstrated during their 2020–21 Accreditation Engagement Review. 
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Howard-Brahaney Selected as DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence

Howard-Brahaney Selected as DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence

November 29, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady has named Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney as the DoDEA Europe Director for Student Excellence, effective December 19, 2021. She will be responsible for DoDEA’s 64 schools and nearly 4,000 employees that serve 25,000 military-connected students across Europe. The selection was made through a competitive process.
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Arrington Selected as DoDEA Europe South District Superintendent

Arrington Selected as DoDEA Europe South District Superintendent

November 29, 2021 DoDEA Director Tom Brady has named Dr. Jeff Arrington as the DoDEA Europe South District Superintendent. He will be responsible for DoDEA’s 16 schools and approximately 5,675 students across 4 countries in the Europe South District.
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