DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

Area Communications Offices:

DoDEA releases for 2008


Monday, December 22, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Croughton Elementary School Principal is Awarded Outstanding DoD Employee with a Disability Award

Ms. Georgia Ann Williams-Fitzpatrick, principal of the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) Croughton Elementary School in England

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Lejeune High School Teacher Earns Certification

Lejeune High School (LHS) Culinary Arts Teacher Jane Varalli has successfully completed all of the requirements necessary to become a Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator (CSFE) through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Seeking Nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is encouraging principals, students, parents, teachers, community members

Monday, December 1, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Hosts Event with Department of Education W.W. Ashurst Elementary School on Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Department of Defense Education Activity will host the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Raymond Simon at W.W. Ashurst Elementary School on Marine Corps Base Quantico on Wed., Dec. 3

Friday, November 14, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Christopher Hanson selected to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Academy Fellowship Program for 2008-2009

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam is please to recognize Christopher Hanson for his selection to the NSTA Fellowship Program for 2009.

Friday, November 14, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Celebrates American Education Week

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will join the National Education Association (NEA) in celebrating its 87th Annual American Education Week from November 16-22, 2008.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Gibson Named Van Voorhis Elementary School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mrs. Laura Gibson.

Monday, November 3, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Launches 2008 Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will administer its biennial Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS) from November 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009.

Monday, October 20, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Coulter Named Wassom Middle School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mr. Walter Coulter.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA to Participate in Red Ribbon Week

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and many of its schools around the world will join military installations and schools throughout the United States in participating in Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Fort Bragg School’s Name to Honor Soldier’s Memory

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that the new elementary school at Fort Bragg will honor the memory of Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Motolenich Named Brittin Elementary School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mr. Joseph R. Motolenich.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Dorothy Goff Goulet Named 2009 DoDEA Teacher of the Year

Dorothy Goff Goulet is the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) 2009 Teacher of the Year.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards Three Grants to Schools

The Department of Defense Education Activity recently awarded three grants to the Hawaii Department of Education, Beaufort County School District, and El Paso Independent School District under a pilot grant program.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Launches MilitaryK12Partners Website with Info for Military-Connected Schools

DoDEA's Educational Partnership Branch launched a new site

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Daniel-Kapiko Named Tarawa Terrace II Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Ms. Leigh Anne Daniel-Kapiko.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Stone Named Georgia/Alabama Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Dr. Fordyce Stone.

Monday, September 15, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Five DoDEA Students Named As National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Five Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Friday, September 12, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Chief of Staff Announced Charles Kelker

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce the selection of Charles E. Kelker as the new Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Pacific.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces 2008 SAT Results

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has released the results of its scores on the 2008 SAT exams.

Thursday, September 4, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Encouraged to Participate in Army's eCYBERMISSION

The Army has launched the eCYBERMISSION Awards Program for the 2008-2009 School Year and DoDEA is encouraging students to participate in the program.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Student Meals in Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)

As the 2008-2009 School year beings, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) wants families of children attending Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)

Friday, August 29, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Blease Named Kentucky Assistant Superintendent

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Dr. Jo Blease.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Schools Begin 2008-2009 School Year

Nearly 80,000 students have begun the 2008-2009 School Year in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools around the world.

Monday, August 25, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Names New Procurement Chief

Mr. Chris Pigott has been selected as the new Procurement Chief for the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Friday, August 22, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces Future Change to 2009-2010 Kindergarten Program

DoDEA will make an important change to its entrance age eligibility requirement that will affect the Kindergarten Program for the 2009-2010 School Year.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Introduces New Standardized Report Card in 4th-6th Grade Classrooms for 2008-2009 School Year

A new Standardized Report Card for School Year 2008-2009 will be introduced for Grades 4, 5, and 6 in Department of Defense Dependents Schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Implements GradeSpeed for the 2008-2009 School Year

As the 2008-2009 school year begins, parents of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students will be better informed about what happens at school regardless of their location or deployment status.

Friday, August 15, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Teacher of the Year by District for 2008-2009

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam is please to recognize the selection of the Teacher of the Year candidates for 2009.

Friday, August 15, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Announces New Leadership

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce the selection of new administrators by district.

Thursday, August 14, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
School Begins August 25th - Registration For 2008-2009 School Year Continues At DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Schools

Registration for the 2008-2009 school year is under way throughout DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam.

Thursday, August 7, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Patricia Robblee Honored with "Preserve America History Teacher of the Year" Award

Patricia Robblee, a U.S. History teacher at Lejeune High School, has been selected as the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America.

Monday, July 28, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA's Students' TerraNova Scores Remain Higher than National Average

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students' average scores are higher than the national average for the 2008 TerraNova Multiple Assessments, 2nd Edition.

Monday, July 28, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Carr Named Principal at McNair Elementary School

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Dr. Carolyn D. Carr.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Blewis Selected as DoDEA Chief of Staff

Robert J. Blewis has been selected as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Kacmarski Named Russell Elementary School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mrs. Donna Kacmarski.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS Okinawa Superintendent Announced – Martha Brown

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce the selection of Martha Brown as the new Superintendent for the Okinawa District, Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Pacific.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Miles Selected as Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity

Dr. Shirley A. Miles has been selected as the new Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Friday, June 27, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Hall Named Principal at Butner Elementary School

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mrs. Sharon “Sherry” Hall.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Hayes, Perry to Head Maxwell, Robins Admin Team

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Ms. Melissa Hayes.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 |DoDEA |
DoDEA Director Reflects on His Service

After nine years, Dr. Joe Tafoya, the Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), is retiring from his work in federal service.

Friday, June 13, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Facon Named DoDEA Chief of Educational Partnerships Branch

The Department of Defense Education Activity has named Kathy Facon as the new Chief of Educational Partnerships Branch for the organization.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Pacific Area National History Day Awards

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam is proud to announce Ms. Jonalyn Yu, a nurse at Darby Elementary School was selected as the Overseas School Nurses Association, (OSHNA) Nurse of the Year for 2008/2009.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Herring Named Dahlgren School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mrs. Alice Herring.

Friday, June 6, 2008 |DoDEA Americas |
Hollier Named Quantico Middle/High School Principal

Dr. Elaine Beraza, Director, Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) and Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Cuba, (DoDDS-Cuba) announced today that Mr. Michael Hollier.

Friday, May 30, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Director Awarded National PTA Life Achievement Award

Dr. Joe Tafoya, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), was recently awarded the National Parent Teacher Association's (PTA's) Life Achievement Award.

Thursday, May 22, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Participate in Odyssey of the Mind

Nine groups of students from the Department of Defense Dependants Schools (DoDDS) will travel to the University of Maryland's College Park campus in late May to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition.

Monday, May 12, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Darby Elementary School Nurse, Ms. Jonalyn Yu – Selected as Overseas School Nurse of the Year

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam is proud to announce Ms. Jonalyn Yu, a nurse at Darby Elementary School was selected as the Overseas School Nurses Association, (OSHNA) Nurse of the Year for 2008/2009.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Teachers Receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

Two Department of Defense Education Activity Teachers were among the 99 educators recently chosen to receive the annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2007.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Roberts Named DoDEA Chief of Logistics

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has named Russ Roberts as the new Chief of Logistics for the organization.

Monday, May 5, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Halley Named 2008 DoDEA Assistant Principal of The Year for Elementary and Middle Level

Jennifer E. Halley, of Jackson Elementary School at Fort Campbell, KY, is the 2008 Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) Assistant Principal of the Year for Elementary and Middle Level.

Friday, May 2, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Director Retiring from Federal Service

Dr. Joe Tafoya, Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) today announced he will be retiring from Federal Service.

Monday, April 28, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Observes National Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4-10

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will join schools around the country and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in recognizing the nation's teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Far East Honor Music Festival – April 21-25, Yokota Air Base, Japan

DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam will sponsor the 29th Far East Honor Music Festival at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 21-25

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Media Advisory

Key DoDEA leaders are scheduled to be visiting our schools from mid April through the first week in May in Japan.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Susan M. Ahart Selected as DoDEA Nominee to the 2008 National Distinguished Principals Program

Mrs. Susan M. Ahart, Principal of Jackson Elementary School at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, has been selected as the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) nominee to the 2008 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) Program.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces 2007 NAEP Writing Results

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) eighth grade students scored significantly higher than the national average on writing achievement tests administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Friday, April 4, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Winners - 27th Anniversary - Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director, DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam, is proud to announce the following high school students were selected as winners;

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Observes Month of Military Child

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) joins the Department of Defense and military communities worldwide in celebrating April as The Month of the Military Child.

Monday, March 31, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA's Online Learning Academy to Conduct Registration for School Year 2008-2009

Registration for the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) School Year 2008-2009 Online Learning Academy (OLA) will begin on April 15.

Monday, March 31, 2008 |DoDEA |
DoDEA Announces Finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) selected four of its teachers as finalists to compete in the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

Monday, March 31, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
April - Month of the Military Child

DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam joins the Department of Defense and military communities worldwide in celebrating April as Month of the Military Child.

Monday, March 24, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Seoul American Middle School Takes Top Spot in MATHCOUNTS

Nine teams and two individuals competed in this year's 2008 DoDDS State MATHCOUNTS competition.

Friday, March 14, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Gonzalez Named 2008 DoDEA Principal of the Year for Middle and High School

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) proudly announces that Dr. Julio Gonzalez, Principal of Faith Middle School, Fort Benning, GA.

Friday, March 7, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Superintendent Announced Dr. Gayle Vaughn-Wiles

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Gayle Vaughn-Wiles as the new Superintendent for the Guam District, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Friday, March 7, 2008 |DoDEA |
DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam Superintendent Retires - Michael Diekmann

Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam announced the retirement of Mr. Michael Diekmann after 26 years of service to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Thursday, March 6, 2008 |DoDEA Pacific |
Terra Nova Testing March 10-21

From March 10-21, most DoDDS-Pacific/DDESS-Guam students in Grades 3-11 will be taking the TerraNova, Second Edition, Multiple Assessments exam.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Former DoDEA Administrator to Receive NCA's John Vaughn Award

Dr. Janet Rope, who recently retired as the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA's) Accountability Administrator

Thursday, February 21, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
Many DoDEA Schools Gear Up for Read Across America

Thousands of DoDEA students worldwide and schools across the United States will join in celebrating the 10th annual Read Across America Day in March.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces 2008 United States Senate Youth Program Delegates

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students Christopher Brown and Brianna Fitch have been selected as delegates to the 2008 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).