American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 – Daniele Massey, an Algebra I teacher for students at Vilseck High School in Germany, is the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Teacher of the Year, DODEA officials announced today.
Massey is a military spouse and accompanied her husband to Vilseck in 2006, where she was offered her first DoDEA teaching position. Before moving to Vilseck, she taught at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville, N.C. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and mathematics, and continued her education at Central Missouri State University, earning a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration.
“We are honored to name Daniele Massey as our DoDEA Teacher of the Year,” said DoDEA Director Marilee Fitzgerald. “As a military spouse, she is well-acquainted with the impact of the unique military lifestyle on the education of our children.”
Fitzgerald lauded Massey’s impact in the classroom and said she has changed the lives of thousands of children worldwide.
Massey was selected as the Bavaria District Teacher of the Year and was then selected by a panel of DoDEA leaders, which included the 2012 DoDEA Teacher of the Year, Angela Wilson. Wilson was one of four finalists selected to compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year.
Massey said she believes in developing and fostering personal connections with students, parents and community members to help students achieve success. She co-teaches Algebra I “flipped-mastery style teaching.” The flipped classroom involves students using the internet, videos and reading to receive much of their information at home, so class time can be used for student/teacher interaction instead of lecturing.
“I want students to take ownership of their learning,” Massey said.
Outside of school, Massey dedicates her time to volunteering in the community through various events and clubs. Massey and her husband, Army Maj. Adrian Massey, have two daughters.
The DoDEA Teacher of the Year program recognizes and promotes excellence in education. The competition is the oldest awards program for teachers in the country.
Teachers may be nominated by a peer, administrator, parent, student or community member. Nominees complete an application packet and submit it to a selection panel at a DoDEA district office, where one applicant is chosen as the district teacher of the year. A second, central panel then selects the DoDEA Teacher of the Year from among the district winners. The DoDEA Teacher of the Year competes for the title of National Teacher of the Year.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education.
DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
DoDEA also provides support and resources to local education activities that serve children of military families throughout the United States.