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Mood Named Faith Middle School Principal

For Immediate Release — July 18, 2013 | Americas
: DDESS Public Affairs | (678) 364-8044

Darrell Mood

Mr. Darrell Mood

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — July 18, 2013 — Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss, Interim Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-Cuba, announced today that Mr. Darrell Mood has been named principal of Faith Middle School, at Fort Benning, Ga., in the Georgia/Alabama District.

Mr. Mood most recently served as principal of Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, in DoDDS-Pacific, a position he had held since 2009. Prior to that he served as principal of Seoul American Middle School for five years. He came to DoDEA in 1982 as a classroom teacher and additionally served as a coach for football, basketball and soccer. He was the School Improvement coordinator, athletic director, Brain Bowl sponsor, Science Symposium sponsor and an Athletic Council member. He is certified to teach biology, physical education, health and AVID.

"Darrell Mood brings years of strong leadership experience to Faith Middle School," said Dr. Christy Cabezas, Georgia/Alabama District Superintendent. "He said he believes in the power of academics in tandem with extra-curricular activities and athletics, saying that a balanced approach to education makes students proactive and engaged learners. He enjoys working with all stakeholders and welcomes open dialogue and impromptu conversations with parents, community members, educators and especially students."

Mr. Mood earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, in Physical Education, and a Master’s of Science Degree, in Physical Education, both from Indiana University, in Bloomington. He and his high school sweetheart, Paula, have been married for 39 years. Their two children were educated in DoDEA schools.