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DoDEA Pacific hosts Far East Culinary Arts competition

The Kubasaki High School culinary arts team overcame several obstacles to win DoDEA Pacific’s 2013-14 Far East Culinary Arts competition Feb. 5-6 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.


Kinnick HS NJROTC Drill Team places first in Pacific competition

The Kinnick High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Red Devil Drill Team placed 1st against 21 schools in the Pacific Drill Championship March 8 in Hawaii.


DoDEA Pacific student Stella German named finalist in White House Student Film Festival

With more than 2,000 nationwide entries in the first-ever White House Student Film Festival, McCool Elementary/Middle School fifth-grader Stella German overcame very long odds to be named a finalist and earn a special invitation to personally screen her film for White House officials on Friday.


DoDEA Pacific students gain international government, leadership experience at Harvard Model Congress Asia

56 DoDEA Pacific students from 11 high schools joined more than 570 of their peers from 17 foreign countries for the Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference held in Hong Kong Jan. 9-12.


White House announces selection of DoDEA Pacific teacher for prestigious national honor

Marilyn Hawks, a 3rd grade science teacher at Bechtel Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, was selected as the 2012 DoDEA K-6 awardee of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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New principal at Arnn ES

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley as the new principal at John O. Arnn Elementary School.

DoDEA Japan Press Releasae
| January 7, 2014

Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley, Arnn ES Principal

Mrs. Gwendolyn Baxter-Oakley, Arnn ES Principal | Photo: (File Photo)

Ms. Baxter-Oakley has served as the Principal of Richard E. Byrd Elementary School for the past three and a half years. Prior to her appointment as principal, Ms. Baxter-Oakley served as an assistant principal at Lanham Elementary School on Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan and Vogelweh Elementary School in Vogelweh, Germany. She has over twenty three years of experience in the field of education.
Mrs. Baxter-Oakley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Howard University in Washington, DC, a Master’s Degree in Education from South Carolina State University, Leadership Certification in Educational Administration from the State University of West Georgia, and further post graduate studies toward a doctoral degree from North Central University in the area of K-12 Educational Leadership. She will resume her doctoral studies this year with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.
Mrs. Baxter-Oakley has thoroughly enjoyed her time as leader of the mighty Penguins at Byrd Elementary School. However, she is poised to take on the role as the new Principal at Arnn Elementary School and looks forward to a wonderful transition. Ms. Baxter-Oakley, her husband and their son and daughter are enthused about becoming a part of the Sagamihara Community and Knights’ Roundtable. She is prepared and ready to work with a team committed to all students’ success.

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