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DoDEA Pacific teacher becomes state-level finalist in National awards program

A Department of Defense Education Activity Korea District teacher was recently selected as a state-level finalist in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching—an honor reserved for the most distinguished mathematics and science teachers in the United States.

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Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific Director Dr. Linda Curtis has named Dr. Judith Allen as the superintendent for the DoDEA Korea District. Allen is a career educator with extensive teaching and administrative experience. She joined DoDEA more than 30 years ago as a classroom teacher in Europe and went on to hold a number of positions of progressive responsibility before being selected as the assistant superintendent for the DoDEA Korea District in 2011.

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Coyle named DoDEA Pacific Deputy Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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DoDEA Pacific names 2014 Volunteer Excellence Award recipients

DoDEA Pacific Director Dr. Linda Curtis recently announced the selection of the 2014 DoDEA Pacific Volunteer Excellence Award winners.




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Denise Leach named principal of Yokosuka Middle School

DoDEA Japan
Tokyo, Japan | July 30, 2014

Ms. Denise Leach

Ms. Denise Leach | Photo: file photo

The Japan District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Denise Leach as the new principal of Yokosuka Middle School in Yokosuka, Japan.
A career educator committed to student success, Ms. Leach has enjoyed serving military communities in many locales around the world to include Panama, Italy, Germany, and Japan.
Ms. Leach grew up and attended schools at various locations in Texas and the Dominican Republic. After receiving her bachelor’s in education at the University of Texas, Austin, she began her education career in Houston where she taught high school special education and worked for a private educational diagnostic clinic. After three years of teaching and completion of her master’s degree in education from the University of Houston, she decided to couple her career in education with her love for travel. 
Ms. Leach began her DoDEA career with a four-year tour in Panama as a high school special education teacher. She then moved to Naples, Italy, where she taught various elementary grade levels for six years. Additionally, she served the Naples schools complex as the instructional coach for The Study of Teaching—a special staff-development program designed to foster collaboration among and professional growth of individual teachers and administrators.  
Following a year-long sabbatical in Texas, Ms. Leach moved to Wuerzburg, Germany, where she began her administrative career as the assistant principal of Wuerzburg American Middle School. Three years later, Ms. Leach was promoted to principal at the school where she remained until transferring to Camp Zama, Japan, during school year 2006-07 to open the new Zama American Middle School. She completed eight wonderful years as principal of the Zama American MS Samurai before being named principal of Yokosuka Middle School located aboard Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka—a U.S. Naval base located 18 miles south of Yokohama, Japan. 
Ms. Leach enjoys the high energy, humor, and socialization of the middle-age child. She finds much joy in being a part of the education and social development of pre-adolescent and early adolescent youth. Moreover, she is honored to serve as a school principal for military-connected children and their families stationed overseas. 
When not at school with the children, Ms. Leach enjoys reading, traveling, scuba diving, and hiking. She loves finding new restaurants and camaraderie with her friends.
Ms. Leach is looking forward to being part of the Yokosuka Middle School Dragons’ team and the CFAY community.


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