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DoDDS officials in South Korea announced the selection of three new principals, according to a news release Friday.

Melissa Klopfer will serve as principal of Seoul American Elementary school; Kristopher Kwiatek will serve as Klopfer’s assistant principal; and Joyce Diggs will service as principal of Humphreys American School, according to the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.

Klopfer joined the Defense school system in 1981, and has served in Japan, Turkey, Italy, Okinawa and Portugal.

She earned the Department of Defense Education Activity principal of the year in 2005 and was selected as a National Association of Elementary Schools Principals distinguished fellow in 2006.

"I am tremendously fortunate to be able to come to work every day, and do a job that I love — while serving my country at the same time," she said in the release.

Kwiatek, an Air Force veteran, taught in Japan and has served as the district educational technologist in the Korea district superintendants office.

He said he was "delighted to accept the position," and looks forward to "working with the educators, support staff and parents."

Diggs will transfer to Humphreys American from her current job as assistant principal at Seoul American Elementary.

Diggs has taught at Seoul American High School and served as the assistant principal at Kadena High School on Okinawa in 2004.


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