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

DoDEA Pacific High Schools Participate in Harvard Model Congress Asia

DoDEA Pacific High Schools Participate in Harvard Model Congress Asia

January 23, 2023 DoDEA Pacific High Schools Participated in Harvard Model Congress Asia held at Ehwa Womans University in Seoul, Korea.
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DoDEA Students Selected For U.S. Senate Youth Program

DoDEA Students Selected For U.S. Senate Youth Program

January 19, 2023 The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has announced that high school students Ms. Olivia Kearley and Mr. Kyung Joon Flanery will represent the Department of Defense Education Activity during the 61st annual USSYP Washington Week.
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DoDEA Launches 2023 Stakeholder Feedback Survey

DoDEA Launches 2023 Stakeholder Feedback Survey

January 17, 2023 The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will administer a Stakeholder Feedback Survey (SFS) for parents from January 17 through February 4, 2023. The SFS provides valuable feedback to DoDEA from its most important customers - students and parents - about the quality of education provided and areas needing improvement.
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Emilio Garza named Principal of Barsanti Elementary School

Emilio Garza named Principal of Barsanti Elementary School

January 13, 2023 Mr. Hugh McKinnon, Fort Campbell Schools Community Superintendent, is pleased to announce Mr. Emilio Garza as the new Principal of Barsanti Elementary School.
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Battey named as new principal for Pierce Terrace Elementary School

Battey named as new principal for Pierce Terrace Elementary School

January 11, 2023 Brian Perry, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for South Carolina and Fort Stewart, is pleased to announce Mr. Robert Battey as the new principal for Pierce Terrace Elementary School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
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McKinnon named DoDEA Community Superintendent for Fort Campbell schools

McKinnon named DoDEA Community Superintendent for Fort Campbell schools

January 03, 2023 Mr. Greg Bull, the Department of Defense Education Activity Southeast District Superintendent, is pleased to announce Mr. Hugh McKinnon as the new Community Superintendent for Fort Campbell.
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Chad Struhs selected as principal of Humphreys Middle School

Chad Struhs selected as principal of Humphreys Middle School

December 16, 2022 DoDEA Pacific West District Superintendent Dr. Jacob Sherwood is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Chad Struhs as principal of Humphreys Middle School.
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DoDEA Pacific students JAMM at Japan Jazz and Modern Music Festival

DoDEA Pacific students JAMM at Japan Jazz and Modern Music Festival

December 11, 2022 DoDEA Pacific recently hosted the 2022 Japan Jazz and Modern Music Festival (JAMM) Nov. 15-18 at Yokota Air Base.
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Makoto Kinjo selected as Japanese Cultural and Language Program Director

Makoto Kinjo selected as Japanese Cultural and Language Program Director

November 17, 2022 Makoto Kinjo of Okinawa Japan selected as Japanese Cultural and Language Program Director
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DoDEA Pacific announces results of virtual Far East Drill Competition

DoDEA Pacific announces results of virtual Far East Drill Competition

November 15, 2022 DoDEA Pacific Region announces results of virtual Far East Drill Competition
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Payroll Error Results in Debt or Refund for DoD Employees

Payroll Error Results in Debt or Refund for DoD Employees

November 09, 2022 DoDEA was just informed that there was a programming error found within the Defense Civilian Payroll System (DCPS) when retroactive payroll corrections were processed for a prior year. Due to this error, the retirement contributions — employee and employer — were miscalculated for some employees across all DoD agencies and activities to include DoDEA.
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Dr. Tonya Laliberte as the next United Kingdom community superintendent in DoDEA-Europe’s West District

Dr. Tonya Laliberte as the next United Kingdom community superintendent in DoDEA-Europe’s West District

November 07, 2022 Dr. Michelle Howard-Brahaney, Department of Defense Education Activity – Europe Director for Student Excellence, announces Dr. Tonya Laliberte as the next United Kingdom community superintendent in DoDEA-Europe’s West District.
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Dr. Cheri Hayes selected Principal of Amelia Earhart Intermediate School

Dr. Cheri Hayes selected Principal of Amelia Earhart Intermediate School

November 03, 2022 Dr. Cheri Hayes selected Principal of Amelia Earhart Intermediate School located at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.
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Mrs. Sonya Gates selected as DoDEA Pacific East District Community Superintendent

Mrs. Sonya Gates selected as DoDEA Pacific East District Community Superintendent

October 27, 2022 Dr. Jacqueline Ferguson, DoDEA Pacific East District Superintendent, is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Sonya Gates as Community Superintendent for the DoDEA Pacific East District, located at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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DoDEA Pacific launches inaugural varsity esports season

DoDEA Pacific launches inaugural varsity esports season

October 25, 2022 This November, DoDEA Pacific high schools will offer DoDEA’s first varsity esports program.
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DoD Schools Ranked Best in the United States on Nation's Report Card

DoD Schools Ranked Best in the United States on Nation's Report Card

October 24, 2022 Fourth and eighth-grade students attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools led the nation in scoring on the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Mathematics Assessments.
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Ground broken for new Nile C. Kinnick High School

Ground broken for new Nile C. Kinnick High School

October 24, 2022 Ground broken for new Nile C. Kinnick High School 21st century facility
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Dr. Stacie Lamoureux named Principal of Fort Knox MHS

Dr. Stacie Lamoureux named Principal of Fort Knox MHS

October 21, 2022 Michelle Allen, the Department of Defense Education Activity community superintendent for Fort Knox, is pleased to announce Dr. Stacie Lamoureux as the new principal at Fort Knox Middle-High School.
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DoDEA Pacific East, South districts named 2022 Cognia Systems of Distinction

DoDEA Pacific East, South districts named 2022 Cognia Systems of Distinction

October 17, 2022 DoDEA Pacific East, South districts named SY 2022 Cognia Systems of Distinction
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SPARKing interest in STEM

SPARKing interest in STEM

October 14, 2022 More than 125 high school students across DoDEA Pacific recently participated in the first-ever STEM Program Advancing Research Knowledge (SPARK!).
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Author Brad Meltzer speaks to DoDEA Pacific classrooms

Author Brad Meltzer speaks to DoDEA Pacific classrooms

October 04, 2022 Author Brad Meltzer speaks to Darby Elementary School in Sasebo, Japan, and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School in Okinawa, Japan
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Michelle Ewing selected as Pacific Region Nurse ISS

Michelle Ewing selected as Pacific Region Nurse ISS

September 29, 2022 Ms. Lois Rapp, DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Michelle Ewing as the Nursing Instructional Support Specialist for the Pacific Region.
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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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