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New Director Selected for DoDEA Schools in Europe

By Frank O'Gara
New Director Selected for DoDEA Schools in Europe

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Thomas M. Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), recently announced the selection of Dr. Dell W. McMullen as the new Director of DoDEA Schools in Europe.
As the Director of DoDEA Schools in Europe, Dr. McMullen will have oversight of the 66 schools located in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Bahrain, and Turkey that serve more than 28,000 children of U.S. military and eligible Department of Defense civilian personnel families stationed throughout the European theater.
For the past five years, Dr. McMullen has been the District Superintendent of DoDEA Schools in the Kaiserslautern, Germany District serving more than 10,000 students in 20 schools. During that time, she also served as the Senior Civilian Leader for DoDEA Europe Schools during School Year 2011-2012.
Dr. McMullen has more than 40 years of experience as an educator and school administrator. Prior to joining DoDEA schools she was a teacher and school principal in Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga. She joined DoDEA Schools in 1987 as the principal of Frank R. Lloyd Elementary School at Fort Benning, Ga., and went on to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum for the Fort Benning Community Schools and later was selected as the District Superintendent of DoDEA’s Georgia/Alabama District.
Mr. Brady cited Dr. McMullen’s vast experience in education and in serving military families as important attributes in leading DoDEA’s schools in Europe.
“Dr. McMullen is a consummate educator and administrator with deep ties to our schools and a steadfast commitment to our students and to military families,” said Mr. Brady. “As the Kaiserslautern District Superintendent, she focused educational and instructional efforts on transforming schools to 21st century learning environments that provide opportunities for every student to be prepared for the 21st century workplace. She has also been leading efforts that implement classroom innovations and support new and exciting ways for teachers to engage their students and to enhance student learning,” he added.
“As the leader of our schools in Europe, Dr. McMullen’s focus on excellence in educational opportunities for all children and her commitment to the hard work going in our schools to implement College and Career Readiness opportunities will take our students and schools to even higher levels of sophistication and success for students,” he said.
Dr. McMullen expressed her thoughts and eagerness to continue her work with DoDEA Schools in a new capacity.
“I am passionate about serving our nation's military families, and I am honored to serve DoDEA Schools in Europe during this exciting time in our school system,” said Dr. McMullen. “With the implementation of College and Career Ready Standards and our continued emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), rigor, and technology-rich learning environments, I look forward to working with our dedicated Europe Team and a very supportive military to provide the students of our military families the world class education they deserve,” she added.
Mr. Brady expressed his appreciation to Dr. Joan Islas, who has been serving as the Interim Director for DoDEA Schools in Europe since January.
“Thanks to Dr. Islas’ dedication and devotion to our students and teachers, this time of transition in leadership of our schools in Europe has been a smooth and seamless one,” said Mr. Brady. “Not only has she been deeply committed to leading our schools in Europe, but she has been working tirelessly toward ensuring the implementation of our College and Career Readiness priority and providing invaluable advice and guidance as we restructure our above school level organization to achieve even greater student achievement,” he added.
Dr. McMullen earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from Columbus College, in Columbus, Ga. She received her Specialist in Education certificate in 1982 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. She earned her Doctorate of Education Degree in 1990 from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
Dr. McMullen has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and accomplishments and has earned many awards throughout her career. She received the National Excellence in Education Award, for her unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education during the 2009 AdvancED Conference in Chicago, IL. She was named Girl Scout's Woman of Achievement, participated in the Army Community of Excellence (ACOE) awards program at the Pentagon and received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service. She was named a Columbus State University Outstanding Alumni in 2002 and was inducted into the Columbus State University Hall of Fame in 2005.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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