C.T. Joy Elementary honored during closing ceremony

by U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity
Stripes Korea

After more than 57 years of service to the Chinhae community, C.T. Joy Elementary School was honored June 2 during a closing ceremony at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae in Republic of Korea.

Teachers, students, and family members were treated to a special Fan Dance performance, honoring Vice Admiral Charles Turner Joy, who the school was named after and who served as a U.S. Naval Academy superintendent. The ceremony also reinforced the commitment to quality education through the Non-DoD Schools Program now available to families.

Teachers, students, and family members were treated to a special Fan Dance performance, honoring Vice Admiral Charles Turner Joy, who the school was named after and who served as a U.S. Naval Academy superintendent.

The ceremony also reinforced the commitment to quality education through the Non-DoD Schools Program now available to families.

“Fifty-seven years ago, the doors of this school opened for the first time with the promise of a quality education and the vision to ‘inspire students to lead and learn to their fullest potential,’” said guest speaker Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Navy Region Korea. “Today, we are closing C.T. Joy but keeping that vision alive by opening up seven international schools, providing new opportunities and state-of-the-art resources.”

Ms. Lois Rapp, the Director of Student Excellence for the Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific, echoed much of the sentiment shared by Cooper and reinforced the uniqueness and versatility of NDSP.

“The C.T. Joy school has created strong partnerships, shared leadership and inclusive decision-making, resulting in a tradition of excellence,” said Rapp. “The Chinhae community will join the approximately 3,600 students world-wide who have the extraordinary opportunity to attend and engage in international schooling through the Non-DOD Schools Program.”

While DoDEA’s Pacific Region is looking forward to the opening of nine new schools in the future, C.T. Joy’s closure marks a bittersweet moment for a staff who has witnessed the transformation of the students entrusted under their care.

“While we are one of the smaller schools within DoDEA, our impact on our students is no less,” said David Ballesteros-Burkett, administrator of C.T. Joy. “My small staff has done an amazing job, often being called upon to support students and going above and beyond; and, as we bring this school year to a close, we couldn’t be more excited to know that our students will be sharing their unique experiences with the international local schools next year as we transition to NDSP.”

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