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DODEA names Brian Perry as new Fort Knox High School principal

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By Department of Defense DDESS

Brian Perry has been named principal of Fort Knox High School in the Kentucky District of the Department of De- fense Education Activity Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools and Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Cuba, according to Dr. Christy Huddleston, acting director.

Perry, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, has been with DODEA throughout his educational career. He comes to Fort Knox from W.T. Sampson ES/HS located at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has served as principal since September 2013. Under his leadership at the high school, several successes have been achieved:

n Implemented new DODEA STEM classes such as gaming, robotics, and green technology.

n Facilitated student participation in academic and athletic competitions; he was instrumental in planning and coordinating an off-island student field trip for students to attend a Model United Nations conference at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

n Developed a process for collaboration and professional development aimed at increasing student achievement. Professional development topics have included the use of effective instructional strategies, Google Apps for Educators, and increasing the student use of technology.

n Developed multiple community partnerships aimed at assisting students.

n Created a culture of high expectations for students by increasing the number of advance placement courses offered at W.T. Sampson.

n Promoted regular and consistent communication between the students, parents and community.

From 2013-2015, ninth-grade scores increased in all content areas according to results from the TerraNova. Collectively in 2015, 87 and 91 percent of middle school/high school students scored above the national average in reading and math respectively.

According to 2015 PSAT / NMSQT data, 62 percent of W.T. Sampson 10th and 11th-graders are scoring above the national average. From 2014-2015, W.T. Sampson students’ mean scores on the SAT improved in critical reading (51 points) and math (50 points).

Perry began as a physical education teacher in 2001 at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary School, in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2006, he was selected as the assistant principal at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, where he also served as the educational technologist during the 2006-2007 school year. During the 2008-2009 school year, he served as the assistant principal for Maxwell AFB Elementary School and Robins AFB Elementary School, located in Warner Robins, Georgia. In 2009, he was selected as the principal of Pierce Terrace Elementary, located on Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina.

“I’m very pleased to announce that Mr. Brian Perry has been selected as principal of Fort Knox High School,” said Dr. Huddleston. “He is completing three very successful years as principal of the prekindergarten through 12 W.T. Sampson School. He builds instructional leadership capacity within the faculty and fosters a positive learning environment and high achievement for all students. He is truly dedicated to military Families.”

Perry earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education from Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, where he participated in collegiate athletics on a baseball scholarship. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education and his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Auburn University at Montgomery. He also successfully participated in and completed the DODEA Leadership Academy.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kimberly and their three children, Garrett, Josie and Anna, who are all students at W.T. Sampson. Perry enjoys playing golf, shooting basketball, fishing and pulling for his favorite football team, the University of Alabama. n