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Christy Huddleston Appointed Interim Director for DoDEA

By Frank O'Gara
Christy Huddleston Appointed Interim Director for DoDEA

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Dr. Christy Huddleston to a temporary appointment effective March 29 as the Interim Director for DoDEA operations in the United States and Cuba. Dr. Huddleston replaces Dr. Emily Marsh as Interim Director for DoDEA operations in the United States since July 2015.
As the Interim Director for DoDEA schools in the United States and Cuba, Dr. Huddleston will oversee the operations of 57 schools on 16 U.S. military installations in the United States and Cuba. The schools are structured into 6 districts which educate nearly 23,000 students and employ more than 3,800.
Prior to being named to this position, Dr. Huddleston was serving as the Georgia/Alabama District Superintendent.
“Dr. Huddleston’s educational expertise in the classroom and as an administrator and her work in educational leadership will provide leadership continuity and essential strengths that are critical to our schools in the United States and Cuba, particularly as we continue our work on restructuring our organization at above-school levels,” said DoDEA Director Thomas M. Brady. “Dr. Huddleston brings a tremendous commitment to our mission and a passion for educating children of military families.”
Dr. Huddleston has more than 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a high school science teacher and girl’s golf team coach in Harris County, Ga. She was selected as the Parent Teacher Student Association Star Teacher in 2001 and went on to serve as the high school guidance department chair and school testing and curriculum coordinator for Harris County High School.
In 2006, Dr. Huddleston was promoted to District Secondary Curriculum Instructional Coordinator and then as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment starting in 2009 for Harris County School District in Georgia. In 2011, she received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education from Auburn University, Alabama. Additionally, she earned her Educational Specialist and Master's Add-on in Educational Leadership and Administration from Troy University. She also earned her Master's Degree in School Counseling and Bachelors of Secondary Education in Science from Columbus State University where she was awarded with a Certificate of Academic Honor and Outstanding Accomplishments in Science. Dr. Huddleston served on the UTeach Grant Steering Committee and the Institutional Review Board for Columbus State University.
Dr. Huddleston is also an adjunct professor for Troy State University where she was honored with a Research Scholar award in 2008. She referees articles for the Journal of School Leadership. Her career and research focus has been on identifying barriers that must be overcome in schools so that all students have an equal opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
Dr. Huddleston co-authored a study presented collaboratively at University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) on gender dynamics and the cohort experience in a leadership preparation program. Dr. Cabezas-Huddleston’s book review on The School Leaders Our Children Deserve: Seven Keys to Equity, Social Justice, and School Reform by George Theoharis has been published in the Journal of Educational Administration. Her quantitative research study on Assessing Equity in Advanced Programs through an Invitational Theoretical Perspective was presented at the Alabama and Mississippi Sociological Association. She also conducted research on Honors and Advanced Placement Programs: Closing the Achievement Gap and presented this topic at the Auburn University Research Institute. Through collaboration and dialogue with her K-12 colleagues, she authored the District Manual: Response to Intervention; which was implemented in Harris County Schools, GA.
Upon Dr. Huddleston’s appointment as Interim Director, Dr. Lisa Coleman, current Assistant Superintendent of DoDEA’s Georgia/Alabama District, was named as Acting Superintendent.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age 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 Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.

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