Dr. Christy Huddleston, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Southeast District Superintendent, has named Brian Perry as the South Carolina/Fort Stewart Community Superintendent effective Oct. 13.
"Mr. Perry brings to this role a wealth of knowledge about DoDEA given his diversified experience in the agency," said Dr. Judith Minor, Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas. "He is well-versed and committed to the Blueprint's continuous improvement efforts to advance student learning."
Perry will oversee seven DoDEA schools located on Fort Stewart; Laurel Bay, S.C.; and Fort Jackson, S.C., serving more than 2,400 students. His focus in this role is to provide leadership and support in teacher collaboration to advance student achievement, inspire and motivate teaching and district staff, and support the DoDEA mission.
"I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the South Carolina/Fort Stewart community as the community superintendent," Perry said. "I am excited to work with our principals, teachers, support staff, parents, commands, and other stakeholders of our DoDEA schools, as we strive for excellence for every student, every day in the South Carolina/Fort Stewart schools."
Perry began his educational career in 2001, in Montgomery, Ala., where he taught physical education at Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB) Elementary School. He served as assistant principal there from 2006 to 2009. During the 2008 to 2009 school year, Mr. Perry closed Robin Air Force Base Elementary School, located in Warner Robins, while serving as the assistant principal for both Maxwell AFB Elementary and Robins AFB Elementary schools. He became the principal at Pierce Terrace Elementary located on Fort Jackson, S.C. from 2009 to 2013. Afterward, Perry became the principal at W.T. Sampson Elementary High School, located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2013 to 2016. He moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky and was selected as principal at Fort Knox High School from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, he became principal at Charles P. Murray Elementary until being named as the community superintendent.
Perry's education includes a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., a master's degree and an educational specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala.
Perry and his wife of 18 years have three children. All three children were former DoDEA students and attended W.T. Sampson Unit School in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He replaces Kathleen Reiss, who retired from DoDEA in August 2019.
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 a 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.