Japan District Superintendent: Ms. Lois Rapp
Lois J. Rapp assumed the position of superintendent of the Japan district in early September, 2012. She previously served as the Superintendent of the Department of Defense Education Activity's Georgia/Alabama District. In this position, Ms. Rapp oversaw all aspects of education and administration for the District which includes ten schools located on Ft Benning, Ft Rucker, and Maxwell AFB.
Prior to this assignment, Ms. Rapp served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the South-Western City School District in Columbus, Ohio. The school district is the 6th largest school district in the state, with approximately 20,000 students. The District was the only one to receive the designation of "Excellent" by the state of Ohio from the Urban 21 - a group of 21 urban school districts in the state.
Previously, Ms. Rapp was the Assistant Superintendent for Greenon Local Schools as well as a curriculum coordinator for the Clark County Educational Service Center in Springfield, Ohio. Ms. Rapp has also been an adjunct professor for Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Rapp began her career as an educator in the Springfield City School District as a middle school classroom teacher.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Rapp lived in Ohio from 1970 to 2010 and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. She earned both her master's and Educational Specialist degrees from Wright State University.
Ms. Rapp was selected by the Ohio Department of Education to serve as an assessor for Praxis III, the new teacher licensure performance-based assessment. Ms. Rapp received commendations for her contributions to education by the Ohio House of Representatives and the Clark County Commissioners Board. She has served on the executive board for the Ohio Association of Supervisors of Curriculum and Development (OASCD) and is a past president of the Ohio School Supervisors' Association (OSSA).
As a certified trainer, Ms. Rapp is recognized for her work with the Pathwise model of mentoring new teachers. She also served on the state of Ohio Teacher Evaluation Committee.
Assistant Superintendent: Mr. Jim Journey
Mr. Jim Journey currently serves DoDEA as an Assistant Superintendent of the Japan District. Originally from Texas, Mr. Journey received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sam Houston University. He joined DoDEA in 1989 teaching third and fourth grade as well as special education for 15 years before making the transition to principal. Mr. Journey has worked as principal in mainland Japan and Okinawa since 2002. He is joining the Japan District from Okinawa where he served as the principal for Bob Hope Primary School. Mr. Journey believes that communication is vital to the success of any operation. As a principal, he focused on creating an environment where students are comfortable coming to school and challenged to do their best every day. He encourages parents to be active partners in their children's education. Mr. Journey is excited to join the Japan District and to work with each school to ensure that students are encouraged to strive to reach their maximum potential.
Assistant Superintendent: Dr. Christine L. Hill
Dr. Christine L. Hill currently serves DoDEA as an Assistant Superintendent in the Japan District. In 1987, Dr. Hill obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a major in Education (K-8) and a concentration in Literacy and Educational Computing. She received a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in gifted education and curriculum and instruction from The University of Connecticut at Storrs. In 2002, Dr. Hill graduated with her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Thatcher Prize for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Studies, the School of Education’s Award for Excellence, and the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award.
Dr. Hill began her teaching career in Iowa in 1987 and, since that time, has taught in schools outside the gates in Hawaii, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In addition to teaching students in grades K-8, she also served as an adult education instructor at Halawa Medium/High Correctional Facility in Aiea, Hawaii, where she worked with inmates to complete the GED. After graduate school, she went on to serve as a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette teaching pre-service teachers and graduate students majoring in education. She has also worked at the District Office level as Director for Gifted Services (K-12) and as an Elementary Principal of both Title I and ESL Schools in Tidewater, Virginia.
Dr. Hill has a vast background of experience with curriculum and instruction. She has been trained in numerous curriculum development models and served on national curriculum writing teams. In addition, during her central office tenure, Dr. Hill led teams of subject matter experts in the development of division-wide curriculum. In 2001, she began working as a national consultant and has worked for IRI Skylight, Pearson Professional Development, and the HOPE Foundation. In these roles, she provided professional development for school districts across the country on a variety of educational topics to include increasing student achievement.
Her most recent position was Deputy Chief of Curriculum for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) in Alexandria, Virginia. In this leadership role, she worked with the curriculum team to develop and administer curriculum, policy and regulations, conduct program reviews, and analyze organizational-wide data in order to address instructional and programming issues with the goal of maximizing achievement for all DoDEA students. Dr. Hill joined DoDEA in 2009 as the Coordinator of Gifted Education and Advanced Placement.
Dr. Hill grew up in a military home and is a product of the DoDDS schools; she attended Mainz American Elementary School in Mainz, Germany. Born in Washington, D.C., she is the elder of two children. Both her parents were in the U.S. Army. Her mother was in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and her father was career enlisted, serving two tours in Vietnam. Growing up, Dr. Hill traveled with her family in the U.S. and Europe until they settled in Estherville, Iowa, when her father retired from Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
She met her husband, David, in a scuba diving class in Hawaii, and they are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this December. David is a retired Army officer and currently works for the Joint Staff, J7 in Suffolk, Virginia.