KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Sarah Loomis, an educational technologist at Kaiserslautern Elementary School, has been named the Department of Defense Education Activity’s teacher of the year.
Thomas Brady, the agency’s new director, made the surprise announcement during a faculty meeting Friday at Kaiserslautern Middle School for all staff members at Kaiserslautern-area schools.
Brady is visiting schools this week during his first trip to Europe since being named director in March.
Loomis, an educational technologist, was among 14 DODEA educators named in May as district teacher of the year. She works with teachers and students to integrate the use of technology into the classroom, according to DODEA officials.
As DODEA’s top teacher, Loomis is now in the running for national teacher of the year.
Loomis is in her fourth year at Kaiserslautern Elementary School and has been teaching for 21 years, according to her online DODEA biography. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Seattle City University.
Loomis believes that it’s essential for teachers to build problem-based learning environments “that are engaging, that allow for risk-taking, that are goal oriented and are relevant to” the real world, according to her DODEA biography.