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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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Kim Smaw named assistant principal of Sollars ES

DoDEA Japan
Tokyo | August 6, 2014

Mrs. Kim Smaw

Mrs. Kim Smaw | Photo: file photo

The Japan District Superintendent’s Office is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Kim Smaw as the new assistant principal of Sollars Elementary School in Misawa, Japan.
Mrs. Smaw hails from the great state of New York. She arrives to Sollars Elementary School from Daegu High School where she served as assistant principal. Mrs. Smaw attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale New York, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Sociology with a minor in Social Work.
Upon earning her undergraduate degree, she attended the Center for Montessori Teacher Education located in New Rochelle, New York, where she received a Montessori teaching credential. She earned a Master of Science in Urban and Multicultural Education with a concentration in ESL from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and also earned a K-12 School Administration credential from Pennsylvania State University. 
Mrs. Smaw has held teaching assignments that have spanned from elementary through high school, federal detention, NATO and Immigration Migrant Operations (IMO). Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She first joined DoDEA in 1999 while a military spouse. Mrs. Smaw enjoys reading, trying new Asian cuisine, and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about education and believes each child deserves a world- class education. Mrs. Smaw is excited about joining Sollars Elementary School and looking forward to working with all stakeholders.


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