Ms. Teresa Hahn joined DoDEA in March 2002 when she was selected as a social studies teacher at Ramstein American Middle School. She later transferred to South Korea where she taught middle school English Language Arts and History at Osan Middle High School. In 2009, she returned to Germany to teach Honors 9 and 10th grade Language Arts as well as AP Art History and AVID.
Prior to being selected as principal of Sollars Elementary School, Ms. Hahn served as the assistant principal at Daegu Middle High School on Camp Walker, South Korea where she opened the first 21st century middle high school on the peninsula and introduced project-based learning to the district. Later, Ms. Hahn journeyed north to serve as assistant principal at Humphreys Middle School on Camp Humphreys.
Ms. Hahn received her BA in Art History and Medieval Studies from Rutgers University. She has earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University as well as a second Master of Education in Teacher Education from Oklahoma University. She is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Acacia University.
Ms. Hahn believes that a solid literacy foundation is fundamental for student success. As a former military child and spouse, she values stakeholder involvement and feels a strong school-community partnership is key to promoting high expectations within the school.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, but a native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Stuart’s educational journey began at the Ohio School for the Deaf, where he lived and worked with deaf youth and adults while pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in the area of Interpreting and Transliterating Technologies. Mr. Stuart realized his desire to teach in working with these students, who displayed passion and determination as they worked to achieve success regardless of any barriers.
Mr. Stuart continued his studies at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in the area of Special Education, with emphasis in Hearing-Impairment, Early Childhood, and Learning Disabilities. He earned his Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
Mr. Stuart began working for the Department of Defense in August 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany where he taught students as a Hearing-Impaired Specialist and PSCD instructor at Robinson Barracks Elementary School. In 2004, Mr. Stuart moved to Misawa, Japan where he worked at Sollars Elementary School as PSCD teacher. He left DoDEA in 2008 to return to the United States where he continued to pursue his first passion as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist. He served as a University Professor for the College of Southern Nevada, as well as a hearing-impaired instructor for the Clark County School District for elementary and high school students, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr. Stuart returned to DoDEA in 2011, with his wife and son, where he continued to support the Department of Defense in a variety of capacities as a PSCD teacher, Hearing-Impaired Specialist, and teacher of the Learning-Impaired. Mr. Stuart worked at Sullivans Elementary School on Yokosuka Naval Base and both Yokota West Elementary School and Mendel Elementary School on Yokota AFB.
Mr. Stuart has most recently supported the mission of DoDEA as Instructional Systems Specialist, overseeing Special Education programming for the Pacific-East District Superintendent’s Office.
Mr. Stuart is excited to return to Misawa Air Base to support Sollars Elementary School in the work of educating, engaging, and empowering all military-connected students, families, and their community, to succeed in a dynamic world.
A native of Annona, Texas, Ms. Phillips grew up in a farming and ranching community of fewer than 500 people. The lessons learned in that small town will always influence who she is and the work she does. She experienced the power of what a few people can do when they come together to make things happen for families, so this means that Ms. Phillips never misses the chance to work side-by-side with parents, teachers, and the community to find creative, engaging, and meaningful learning opportunities for every student. She knows big things happen when even just a few people work together.
Ms. Phillips began her journey to become an educator during her sophomore year of high school. She was chosen to serve as the county library’s summer program leader, and the experience of working with children as they found a love for books and reading became her passion. From that foundational opportunity, Ms. Phillips knew teaching was her calling, and she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English with teaching credentials from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. After a decade serving in the classroom, she went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with principal credentials from The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma.
During her 25-year career Ms. Phillips has held various teaching, district support, and campus leadership roles in Dallas ISD, Lewisville ISD, and, most recently, DoDEA. After joining DoDEA in 2020, Ms. Phillips has served on Guam as an Instructional Support Specialist for English and Social Studies and as an English teacher/acting administrator for Guam High School. Ms. Phillips is very excited to have this new opportunity to join the Sollars Elementary family, and she is eager to learn from and with each and every Dragon!
When not working or enjoying after school programs, Ms. Phillips spends lots of quality time with her husband and three children. She is also an avid crafter and reader who loves to create and learn, and she is always up to read, bake, grow, paint, or sew something.