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 2011


Monday, December 19, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA sponsoring students for the 2012 Research Science Institute

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will sponsor three students to attend the 2012 Research Science Institute (RSI) next summer.

Friday, December 2, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards $8.7 Million in Virtual Learning Grants

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded $8.7 million to expand Virtual Learning opportunities in five Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) who serve students from military families.

Friday, December 2, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Asks for Input on Draft Community Strategic Plan

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is offering teachers, parents, students and other community members a chance to review the organization's draft Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and provide feedback to shape the final product.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 |DoDEA KY District |
Fort Campbell High School's Berner Named Coach of the Year

Fort Campbell High School’s (FCHS) Head Football Coach Shawn Berner has been named the 3A District 1 Football Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 |DoDEA |
Officials Name New Education Activity Director

Long-time Defense Department civilian Marilee Fitzgerald will become the new Department of Defense Education Activity director, Pentagon officials announced today.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 |DoDEA |
Seoul-shaking bumps, sets, spikes on display at Far East D-I Volleyball

Title-hungry high school athletes from Guam, mainland Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, and the Philippines were bumping, setting, and spiking at the DoDEA Pacific Far East Division I Girls Volleyball Tournament hosted here Nov. 7-12 by Seoul American High School.

Monday, November 14, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA names Acting Area Director for Pacific schools

Acting Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Director Marilee Fitzgerald selected Dr. Steven R. Bloom for a temporary assignment as the Acting Director of DoDEA Pacific schools.

Thursday, November 10, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Names Angela Wilson as the 2012 Teacher of the Year

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is proud to announce the selection of Angela Wilson as the 2012 DoDEA Teacher of the Year.

Thursday, November 10, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Continue High Performance on the 2011 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) fourth and eighth grade students continued their strong performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2011 Reading and Mathematics Assessments.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Guam District hosts DoDEA Pacific Far East Jazz Festival

Nearly 50 aspiring jazz musicians from DoDEA Pacific high schools will come together here Nov. 14-17 in celebration of the annual DoDEA Pacific Far East Jazz Festival.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 |DoDEA |
DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards $4.8 Million in Grants to Hawaii Department of Education

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded nearly $4.8 million in grants to the Hawaii Department of Education through the FY 11 Partnership Grant Program.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Student Selected as Semifinalist in 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) student Stephen R. Preston of Guam High School was recently named a Semi-finalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces 2011 SAT Results

More DoDEA students took the 2011 SAT exam than in previous years and they continue to perform better than their national counterparts in critical reading. DoDEA minority students also continue to outperform their national counterparts in the majority of subject areas assessed.

Monday, October 3, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA and HHS Join Forces to launch Stop Bullying Now! Campaign in DoDEA Schools

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have joined forces to launch the Stop Bullying Now! campaign in DoDEA Schools.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
DDESS/DoDDS-Cuba Names 2012 Teachers of the Year

These teachers exhibit qualities and attributes of a high performing teacher,” Dr. Curtis said. “Their commitment, dedication and professionalism have touched many, many students. They are impacting our future generation.” Those teachers are: Georgia/Alabama District: Rebecca Hill, Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School NY/VA/Puerto Rico District: Tim Proskauer, Antilles Middle School. SC/Ft. Stewart/DoDDS-Cuba District: Tracey Fairfax, Kessler Elementary School. North Carolina District: Julia Goodrich, Gordon Elementary School. Kentucky District: Geary Schwartz, Fort Campbell High School.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
Education Officials Seek Feedback to Shape Way Ahead

Defense Department officials are inviting military and community members to share their thoughts on the quality and continuity of education in DOD schools and their suggestions for improvements.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA’s West Point Middle School Selected as a 2011 Blue Ribbon School

West Point Middle School, a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school, is one of 304 schools selected today by the Department of Education as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School.

Thursday, September 15, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
Seven DoDEA Students Selected as Semi-Finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

Seven Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students have been selected as Semi-finalists for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DOD Establishes School Attendance Policy

A new Defense Department school policy underscores the importance of student attendance, while also considering military families' unique needs, the acting director of the Department of Defense Education Activity said.

Thursday, September 1, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Names New Chief of Staff

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has selected Jay Burcham as the organization’s new Chief of Staff.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces Results of 2010-2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey

Parents and student continue to give increasingly high marks to Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools according to results of the 2010-2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Begins School Year 2011-2012

School Year 2011-2012 is beginning for nearly 84,000 students of the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) 194 schools around the world.

Friday, August 19, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DOD Schools Engage Students With Technology

When children walk into a Defense Department school this year, they may be handed a laptop or electronic reader, or perhaps they'll be asked to build a robot or try out a simulator on the school lawn.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Names Acting Deputy Director

Acting Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Director Marilee Fitzgerald has selected Dr. Nancy Bresell to temporarily serve as the DoDEA Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director for Education.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 |DoDEA |
Underwood Returns to DDESS as Kessler Principal

Dr. Djuna Underwood comes back to DDESS from Sollars Elementary School in Misawa, Japan.

Friday, July 29, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Leinard to Open Shughart Middle School as Principal

Mary Leinard has been named principal of Randall D. Shughart Middle School, at Fort Bragg, NC, in the North Carolina District.

Friday, July 29, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Deas Named Fort Rucker Primary School Principal

Dr. Deborah Deas brings over 20 years experience to her new appointment as Fort Rucker Primary School Principal.

Sunday, July 17, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific 2011 Volunteer Excellence Award Recipients Named

DoDEA Pacific Director Diana Ohman announced today the selection of the 2011 DoDEA Pacific Volunteer Excellence Award winners.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 |DoDEA Europe |
DoDDS Europe looking for applicants to fill positions at new Schweinfurt High School

The Department of Defense Education Activity school system is looking for highly motivated applicants within the local commuting area of Schweinfurt, Germany. Interested applicants can access the vacancy announcements at: www.eu.dodea.edu/hr/vacancies.

Thursday, June 30, 2011 |DoDEA Europe |
DoDDS Europe to open new high school in Schweinfurt community for school year 2011-12

The Department of Defense Education Activity announced today the establishment of a high school in the Schweinfurt community.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 |DoDEA Europe |
DoDDS Europe names teachers of the year

As the school year comes to a close, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe named the top teachers in each of its five districts.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 |DoDEA Europe |
DoDDS-Europe to alter plan for Mannheim schools as student population reduces

DoDDS-Europe has revised its transformation plans for Mannheim schools, as the student population there continues to reduce.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Selects Bullion as Curriculum Chief

Dr. Peggy A. Bullion has been selected as the new Curriculum Chief for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 |DoDEA HQ Offices |
DoDEA Students Participate in RSI Program 2011

Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were selected to participate in the 2011 Research Science Institute (RSI) this summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 |DoDEA |
Feltwell Elementary School teacher loses battle with leukemia.

It is with great sorrow that DoDDS-Europe announces the passing on May 10, 2011 of Catherine Annette Minger-Croton, a much loved teacher at Feltwell Elementary School.

Friday, May 13, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Asks Parents and Students for Input on 21st Century Education Environment

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is offering teachers, parents, students and other community members a chance to collaborate on how future learning environments are designed, constructed and furnished.

Friday, May 13, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Associate Director for Education and Principal Deputy Director Receives Leaders in Learning Award

Dr. Shirley Miles, Associate Director for Education and Principal Deputy Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific mourns loss of gifted educator

Arnn Elementary School first-grade teacher Valerie R. Garza, 32, died May 6 at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital following complications related to a medical emergency that occurred on May 1.

Monday, May 9, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Honored in 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

A Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) senior, Tristan E. Fitch of Brussels High School in Brussels, Belgium has been named a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Monday, May 9, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
Acting Senior Leader Appointed for DDESS

On May 9, Acting Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Director Marilee Fitzgerald assigned Dr. Linda L. Curtis to collateral duties.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Student Places Third in National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) student Kevin Burdge from Heidelberg High School in Heidelberg, Germany placed third at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Physics.

Monday, May 2, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
Two DoDEA Teachers Receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Two Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teachers have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Friday, April 29, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Observes 2011 National Teacher Appreciation Week - May 1-7

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 28, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific Science Students Join National Competition

M.C. Perry High School sophomore Nicole Perry returns to the national stage to represent DoDEA Pacific at the 49th National Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in San Diego, Calif.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
Three DoDEA Students Named as 2011 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Thursday, April 14, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific Summer Enrichment Program 2011

DoDEA Pacific will offer a 4-week, half-day Summer Enrichment Program for eligible students in grades K-8 who are currently enrolled as "space-required" in a DoDEA school.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Observes Month of Military Child

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) joins the Department of Defense (DoD) and military communities around the world in honoring military children during April- The Month of the Military Child.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Alligators in space: NASA selects game created by Kinser Elementary School students for International Space Station

A fifth-grade class at Kinser Elementary School placed second in a nationwide competition organized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Launches Online Pre-Registration Program

Parents of students attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools can now pre-register their children for school with the click of a button.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Crisis Centers Opened to Assist Families and Employees from Japan and Bahrain

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has established crises centers to assist parents of its students and employees who are affected by the voluntary evacuations in Japan and Bahrain.

Monday, March 14, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Participate in United States Senate Youth Program

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students, Ryan McDonnell and Robert DeWitt, recently travelled to Washington, D.C. as part of the 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Friday, March 11, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Students Participate in United States Senate Youth Program 2011

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students, Ryan McDonnell and Robert DeWitt, recently travelled to Washington, D.C. as part of the 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Quantico JROTC Drill Team Takes First Place

For the ninth consecutive year, the Quantico Middle/High School Marine Corps JROTC Drill Team took first place at the Mount Vernon High School (Alexandria, Va.) Invitational Drill Meet.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Barba Receives AdvanceED Excellence in Education Award

Ms. Theresa Barba was named recipient of the AdvancED Excellence in Education Award, during the 2011 AdvancED International Summit, held March 19-22, in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Career educator joins the DoDEA Korea team as Assistant Superintendent for Transition

DoDEA Pacific Director Diana Ohman announced Thursday the appointment of career educator Carl Albrecht to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Transition with the DoDEA Korea school district.

Friday, February 25, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Fitness Fair comes to Sullivans Elementary School

Recently, A rollicking Fitness Fair was held for teachers at Sullivans Elementary School.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Schools to Join in Read Across America Celebration on March 2nd

March 2, 2011, is the 14th annual Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), when millions of readers-both young and old-will be in the company of a good book.

Monday, February 14, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Excellence in action: DoDEA delegates prove their mettle at Harvard Model Congress Asia

For the first time, over 100 DoDEA Pacific high school students joined 245 of their peers from Jordan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and other countries for the Harvard Model Congress Asia Conference held here Jan. 14-16.

Friday, February 11, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Purvine Named Principal of Fort Campbell's Wassom Middle School

Mr. Mark Purvine has been named principal of Fort Campbell’s Wassom Middle School. Fort Campbell schools are in the DDESS/DoDDS-Cuba Kentucky District.

Friday, February 11, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Purvine Named Principal of Wassom Middle School

Dr. Linda Curtis, Area Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for DDESS/DoDDS-Cuba announced Mr. Mark Purvine has been named principal of Fort Campbell’s Wassom Middle School.

Monday, February 7, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Communicating the Beauty: 2011 DoDEA Pacific Far East Mathematicafest

For those willing to look a little deeper, numbers have an alluring beauty that can transform how we view the world.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 |DoDEA World Wide |
DoDEA Announces NAEP Science Assessment Results

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) fourth grade and eighth grade students scored well above the national average on 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment.

Monday, January 24, 2011 |DoDEA Americas |
Gilchrist Named Diamond Elementary School Principal

Ms. Brenda P. Gilchrist has been named principal of Diamond Elementary School, at Fort Stewart, in the South Carolina/Fort Stewart/DoDDS-Cuba District.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDEA Pacific educator remembered for placing ‘students first’

Seoul American High School Special Education Teacher and retired Master Sergeant Richard Mathis, 64, passed away Sunday at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS Korea District Superintendent Office Announces New Assistant Principal of Seoul American High School

The DoDDS Korea District Office is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Kimberly Smaw as the new assistant principal of Seoul American High School.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS Korea District Superintendent Office Announces Ms. Jones as a New Assistant Principal of Daegu American School

The DoDDS Korea District Office is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Nedra Jones to serve as the new assistant principal of Daegu American School.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
DoDDS Korea District Superintendent Office Announces Ms. Osman as a New Assistant Principal of Daegu American School

The DoDDS Korea District Office is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Carole Osman to serve as the new assistant principal of Daegu American School.

Monday, January 10, 2011 |DoDEA Pacific |
Art to take new form at inaugural Far East Creative Expressions

Over 80 emerging student artists and 16 teachers from all 12 DoDEA Pacific high schools will come together here Monday to create unique works of art that “Envision – Explore – Express.”