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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.

DoDEA Korea District Superintendent Dr. Judith Allen

Allen named superintendent for the DoDEA Korea District

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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Ceremonies, smiles abound as DoDEA Pacific completes first week of 2014-15 school year

More than 23,000 students and 3,000 professional educators and support staff returned to Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific schools Aug. 25-29 for the first week of the new school year.

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

DoDEA Pacific Director Dr. Linda Curtis announced today the selection of Dr. Gael Coyle as DoDEA Pacific Deputy Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

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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Kathleen Smith named assistant principal of Yokosuka Middle School

DoDEA Japan
Tokyo, Japan | July 30, 2014

Ms. Kathleen Smith

Ms. Kathleen Smith | Photo: file photo

The Japan District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Kathleen Smith as the new assistant principal of Yokosuka Middle School in Yokosuka, Japan.
Ms. Smith is a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from January 1989 to August 1998. Ms. Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University in December 2000. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix in 2005. In 2010 she received graduate level certification in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Smith’s career in education began in January 2001 as a teacher for Darlington County School District in Lamar, South Carolina.  She joined DoDEA in August of 2003. She served students as a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Kitzingen Primary School in Kitzingen, Germany. In 2006 she was transferred to Okinawa, Japan. While in Okinawa, Ms. Smith served as a first and second grade teacher and Continuous School Improvement Chair at Kadena Elementary, as a reading specialist and Continuous School Improvement Chair at E.C. Killan Elementary, and as an Instruction Systems Specialist at the Okinawa District Office. She was the 2009 Okinawa District Teacher of the Year. In July 2010, Ms. Smith was selected as Assistant Principal at Netzaberg Elementary School located in Grafenwoehr, Germany. In July 2012, Ms. Smith served as Principal of Cummings Elementary School in Misawa, Japan. Her most recent assignment was as a first grade teacher at Holbrook Elementary School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Ms. Smith is the proud mother of a son who is a DoDEA graduate currently residing in Lamar, South Carolina. She is looking forward to the opportunity to work with parents, students, teachers, and the Yokosuka community as Assistant Principal of Yokosuka Middle School.


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