Department of Defense Education Activity

Pacific Press Releases

DoDEA Pacific

Miranda Ferguson

Public Affairs Officer
Unit 35007 APO AP 96376

Phone: 098-953-5657
DSN Phone: (315) 652-5657
Calling from US: 011-81-98-961-7777-652-5657

Recent Press Releases

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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