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TORII STATION, Okinawa — Martha Brown, an educator for more than 30 years, was recently named superintendent of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools for the Okinawa district.

Brown will replace Gayle Vaughn-Wiles, who served the district for six years and is now the superintendent for the Guam district.

For the last four years, Brown worked as the community superintendent for the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools at Fort Campbell, Ky.

She joined DODDS in 1981, has taught elementary and junior high school in Germany, and she worked as a principal in the States, as well as at Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern high schools in Germany.

Brown said she looks forward to working with the Okinawa staff to enhance educational programs and student achievement, and strengthen home and community ties.

"As educators we must be at the top of our game every day, striving not only for increased achievement, but for accelerating student achievement," Brown said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. "We’ll work to make the Okinawa district second to none."

For Vaughn-Wiles, increased academic achievement is an accomplishment she’s proud of achieving during her tenure on Okinawa.

Under her leadership, TerraNova testing results increased, with students scoring higher on the standardized tests than their stateside counterparts.

Vaughn-Wiles said she also worked to develop and strengthen partnerships with the military, local Japanese schools and organizations within the Okinawa community.

While Vaughn-Wiles said she’ll miss working with the staff and students on Okinawa, she said she hopes to build those same relationships with the military and Guam community.

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