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Emily Marsh Named DoDEA Americas Acting Director

By Frank O’Gara
Emily Marsh Named DoDEA Americas Acting Director

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Dr. Emily Kyser Marsh to a temporary appointment effective 31 July as the Acting Director for DoDEA operations in the Americas. Dr. Marsh will replace Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss, who has been serving as Interim Director for DoDEA operations in the Americas since October 2012.
As the Acting Director for DoDEA schools in the Americas, Dr. Marsh will oversee the operations of 57 schools on 16 U.S. military installations in the United States and Cuba. The schools are structured into six districts that educate nearly 24,000 students and employ more than 2,300.
Prior to being named to this position, Dr Marsh was serving as the North Carolina Fort Bragg District Superintendent. “Dr. Marsh has incredible educational experience, talent, insight, and leadership, which has been evidenced throughout her career in education, most of which has been dedicated to serving children of our Nation’s Servicemembers in the United States and overseas,” said DoDEA Director Thomas M. Brady. “She will bring continued educational leadership and a strong commitment to student and school performance in this new assignment. Her perspective as an educator, administrator, and military family member is invaluable to the operation of DoDEA schools in the United States and Cuba,” Brady added.
Dr. Marsh is looking forward to serving DoDEA students, teachers, and administrators in a new capacity. “I’m committed to supporting military children and their families, ensuring all students the best possible educational program,” said Marsh. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to continue that support by working with students, staff, and families throughout the DoDEA Americas school system.”
Dr. Marsh began her career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Macon, Georgia. She has more than 35 years of experience in education earned while accompanying her husband, Col. (Retired) Schappi Marsh around the world. She assumed her first administrator’s position at Fort Bragg as a principal in 1991. Marsh also established and maintained strong ties and partnerships with the military support units, parents, and other community leaders. In 2005, she was named a National Distinguished Principal and was selected as Assistant Superintendent of the North Carolina District, assuming the role of superintendent in 2009.
Dr. Marsh earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Auburn University, her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas, and her Doctorate of Education Degree, also from Auburn.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of DoD personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education.

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