The SHAPE American Elementary School Administrators are Dr. Mario Vanheuckelom, Principal, and, Ms. Monica Harvey Assistant Principal. They are the schools instructional leaders and are responsible for the administration of all DoDEA policies and regulations.
Dr. Mario Vanheuckelom was born in Belgium, and immigrated to the United States in 1992 at the age of 24. Shortly after becoming a U.S. resident, he began his education at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Human Resources from National University, San Diego. He continued his education by earning a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Azusa Pacific and received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne in California.
Prior to accepting the position a SHAPE American Elementary, Dr. Vanheuckelom served as a teacher and an administrator for a total of 13 years in California. During his time as a teacher, he gained experience ranging from working within the K6 elementary level, one on one home hospital teacher for severely handicapped students, and teaching adult education. As an administrator he has provided leadership from General Education to Moderate and Severe level. He is dedicated to hard work, yet knows that preserving balance between work and home life, and sustaining a good sense of humor are key elements to success. It is his goal to continue to utilize his experience, knowledge and passion for learning to serve the students and community at SHAPE Elementary.
Dr. Vanheuckelom has been married to his wife Michelle for 22 years, she is also a teacher, and they have three daughters. The Vanheuckelom family loves traveling, hiking, soccer, and spending time with friends and family.
He looks forward to another great school year at SHAPE American Elementary, Blue Ribbon School 2012, and collaboration with all in support of DoDEA's mission and our school's vision.
Welcome to SHAPE Elementary! Our American school is a DoDEA school within the broader setting of the SHAPE International School. SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) is included in the Isles District of the European Region. SHAPE American Elementary School has a rich history tied to our country's commitment to the North American Treaty Organization. SHAPE American Elementary School (SAES) was established as the American School Section of an international school in 1967 when the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers of Europe moved from Paris, France to Mons, Belgium. The original buildings, as well as newer structures, proved a learning environment for 620 students. Our school population is composed of military dependent families from the United States, 28 NATO countries the Partners for Peace and military support civilians.
The international student population comprises 45 % of our total population. This fact directed our goal selection of improving reading comprehension across the curricular areas. As we realized that all of our students would benefit from developing mathematical reasoning skills, we selected scientific inquiry as a science goal. We have found that our strategies for both native English speakers and English language learners help support our classroom instruction. Our well qualified and enthusiastic faculty has worked together to design and implement our School Improvement Plan from its inception. We began disaggregation of data for the goals and continue to review student assessment data and input from stakeholders, as we annually update our plan.
Our school is rich with community support through specific organizations and individual volunteers. We have an active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) that contributes school-wide financial support to our reading goal through the incentive station. They sponsor family friendly community events such as the spring carnival, field day, Science Fair, student study trips, and facilitate the ordering and distribution for books for students through Scholastic Book Club. Our School Advisory Council (SAC) is an active group of stakeholders that serve as a voice of our community and bring recommendations for improvements to our administration. We also enjoy the support of 39th Signal Battalion, 309th Airlift Squadron and Board of Governors of SHAPE International School.
Dr. Mario Vanheuckelom
Principal, SHAPE American Elementary School
Monica M. J. Harvey is beginning her 3rd year at SHAPE American Elementary School as Assistant Principal; she started her journey at SHAPE in August, 2011. Prior to Ms. Harvey's arrival at SHAPE Elementary School, she resided in the Kaiserslautern District from 2003-2009, as Principal, Sembach Elementary School. Other administrative duties include her position as Assistant Principal at Argonner Elementary School from 1999-2003, Hessen/Heidelberg District. Ms. Harvey began her overseas career in 1989 as a Special Education Teacher at Gelnhausen Elementary School in Hanau, Germany. Within the Hanau area, Ms. Harvey taught at Buedingen Elementary School and Babenhausen Elementary School; where she also served as Case Study Committee Chairperson. This year marks her 25th year with DoDEA; DoDDS and DDESS.
Ms. Harvey holds the following degrees: Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration from National Louis University and Bachelor of Science in Special Education; concentrated area: Moderate-Severe to Profound from Alabama A& M University; Adult Learning Certifications of Education from Portland University and University of Maryland.
From 2009-2011, Ms. Harvey left her administrative position and returned to the classroom as a PSCD teacher/Case Study Chairperson at Barkley Elementary School; Ft. Campbell, KY; to fulfill her parenting obligations/responsibilities to her one and only child; daughter, Shondrika JaBrae'. She states, with a smile, “When my role of parenthood calls, everything else is put on hold”. She is family oriented and family is #1 in her life. Her immediate family consists of her mother, 1 sister and 1 brother; father, deceased. In addition to Ms. Harvey's professional interests, her hobbies include: traveling, meeting people, reading, writing, music, relaxing and having fun!
Prior to relocating overseas and joining the DoDEA family, Ms. Harvey taught in the public school systems for a total of 6 years: California (1 year) at Seaside High School; and Alabama (5 years) at Beauregard High School, Sanford Middle School and Darden Elementary School. Her teaching areas consist of PSCD, Pre-School, Kindergarten and Grades K-12 (SPED). Her teaching experiences also include working at a rehabilitation/achievement center for the severe to profound children and adults; ages 6 months to 21 years old.
Ms. Harvey believes in providing quality educational programs for all students. She believes in enriching the lives of her students, encouraging them to be the best that they can be and leaving a positive impact on them all.
Ms. Harvey strives to meet the DoDEA's goals, mission and vision, as well as the school's, by producing an environment which is conducive to learning. She practices open/positive communication; builds collaborative relationships with her superiors, teachers, students, parents and staff members. She looks forward to continuing her educational journey at SHAPE American Elementary School as she leaves “footprints” in the lives of those she touches!
It is indeed an honor for me, as the Assistant Principal of SHAPE American Elementary School (SAES), to welcome you to School Year 2013-2014. I am so excited to see our students back from summer break, both returning students and new students! Families, I welcome you! It is even more exciting to see how much learning has already taken place during this first quarter of school; so many exciting activities and projects going on and so much more to look forward to! Parents, you play a vital part of our students' success; we invite you in; we welcome you to take an active role in your child's education…visit the classrooms, volunteer, serve on a committee; wherever and whatever you feel your expertise, we accept them. However, there are procedures, policies and guidelines for volunteering and working in the classrooms. Come by the school and our friendly office staff will discuss with you the process of completing a volunteer packet and the process.
SAES is such a unique school with such wonderful international families. SAES is comprised of exceptional teaching staff, support staff, specialists, administrative staff and other resources, all pulling together making our school an ironic institution of high expectations and standards resulting in highest student achievement. Throughout my years here, it is evident that SAES has provided exemplary educational programs for all of our students. Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students through, not only their classroom instructions and management; but, also via a variety of resources, community and military support, interventions, modifications, study trips and etc., making us the melting pot which we are. No wonder our school was selected as one of DoDEA's Blue Ribbons' Schools! Each staff member takes an active part in our Continuous School Improvement (CSI); and we, as a school, value your input in this process; feel free to be a part of our CSI team. Remember, when school and home work together, great things happen…building partnership!
I encourage you to visit our website as well as our school; there is a treasure of valuable information provided there. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Remember, without your support we will not be able to reach our full potential as a school. So, please get involved and stay involved. Talk with your children about their school experiences and schoolwork; build a positive relationship with your child's teachers, contact us to give us your thoughts and ideas.
Again, welcome to School Year 2013-2014 here at SHAPE American Elementary School!
Monica M. J. Harvey, Assistant Principal